By the second month of early retirement, things started to get real! It was time to say doei to Holland, and prepare to go on an adventure through Southeast Asia. All of this kicked off with quitting my job and now I have some serious life-change inertia. Each step since then feels like a domino […]
One thing I didn’t expect after quitting my job was for time to keep rolling along as usual. Shouldn’t taking back eight hours of my day that used to belong to some company make my days feel longer? Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work that way. I realized today it has been TWO MONTHS since […]
It’s 4pm and I realize I haven’t done anything productive today. Well, that’s not exactly true. I followed up with HR because my previous company seems to have… forgotten? to pay me for the last month of work. I tracked down the status of my tax return. I organized pick-up for one of my larger plants that must be sold before I move.
But I haven’t done anything productive for anyone else
Since I started this blog, I picked a high (for me) FIRE number. The goal was $1.2M by the age of 32.
Instead, I’m retiring 3 years earlier with half my original net worth goal.
For those following along, I retired this week. My last day of work fell on a Wednesday. The next morning, I woke up early, like it was Christmas. I’m always interested in how people fare in the transition from working full-time to not working at all, so I thought I’d write a Money Diaries post about it!
Have you ever been working, and suddenly wished you could quit? The idea dawns on you as simple. All you would have to do is shut your computer. Say, “I quit.” Stand up. Walk out of the office. I felt like that. So the next day, I nearly surprised myself just as much as my […]
When you think of Dutch food, what comes to mind? Maybe the “caramel cookie wafers” some airlines hand out– known to Nederlanders as stroopwafel? Or perhaps you’re obsessed with Trader Joe’s cookie butter, based off of the Dutch treat speculoos. Aside from knowing about a couple of desserts, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect […]
I know I grew up with biases and assumptions. What better way to grow than to find out science has proven me wrong or to learn something new? Already, several of these books made me question opinions I took for granted and helped me see life from new perspectives. I hope there is something on this list that might appeal to you!
“We would like to offer you the job.” Oh what sweet, sweet words to hear. Every so often, I like to send out my resume to test the job market in my area. The unfortunate truth is that to see a significant raise in salary, the best thing to do for your career is to job hop.
In 2021 I moved from Santa Barbara to Amsterdam and made it my goal to spend more. This report will go into detail about every dollar I spent in 2021.