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 […]
It is easy to disregard retirement when it feels far out on the horizon. Imagine your financial life like a sailing adventure—the destination is beyond our sight, but we can at least set a destination and course correct as needed.
I think most of us have our first car near and dear to our hearts. I was lucky to be able to drive my family’s Mitsubishi Expo during the later years of college. Talk about glamour. Prestige. My friends loved it or hated it, loved it because if you sat in the front seat it […]
“Hi Mechanic,” my friend’s voice played over the voicemail, “I am going to Japan for six months, and was wondering if you had any advice on how to handle finances while abroad,” My heart beat faster, excitement coursing through me. Three of my favorite things: Travel, finance, and giving actually solicited advice! Is this real […]
So you’ve followed The Ultimate Flowchart and you have a budget. You save up 3-6 months of expenses for an emergency fund, and now you’re sitting pretty. What next? When I finished with school I had knowledge piled up in my head: I knew how to calculate fluid velocity in a pipe, the fracture toughness of a […]
In the last few months, I have applied to several jobs. I talked to recruiters, endured phone screens, coded up a couple take-home tests, whiteboarded, live coded, and answered probing questions such as: what are your biggest weaknesses? and who would you want to play you if your life was made into a motion picture? […]
I am part of a growing movement of people looking for a way out of the rat race. The movement is called FIRE: Financial Independence, Retire Early. The blogosphere is growing with people embracing the movement, and I at first felt like I had little to add to this space. After all, Gwen of fiery millennials is another […]