FIRE Station Fun – The Little Things

They say you should make sure to enjoy the ‘little things’ in life and I am learning (in my fourth week of early retirement) just how enjoyable the little things are. This week, I have had very little scheduled.  I had a few nice lunches and breakfasts with people, we went to the afternoon movie…

Never Ending Honeymoon?

Last week I published a post that discussed the ‘honeymoon’ phase of retirement and included a chart on the phases of retirement (from Forbes.com, sourced to Dr. Sara Yogev). While I certainly feel like I’m in the honeymoon phase now –  after just a few weeks away from the office – I went to the…

Friday Inspiration – Prince’s Independence

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called LIFE.” Living in the Twin Cities since high school and through college in the 1980s, it is easy to say that Prince wrote a huge part of the musical soundtrack of my life.  An amazingly prolific musician, unstoppably entertaining showman, and thoughtful…

FIRE Inspiration – Edgar Guest Poem

As I am out enjoying my third week of early retirement right now, I thought instead of writing a full post today I would share something that I found inspirational over the years, especially when I was looking for motivation or facing seemingly impossible odds. It is a poem from Edgar Albert Guest, an amazingly…

FIRE Station Fun – Just Do It

Most people are on their way to financial independence and retirement in one way or another, but we can all redouble our efforts to plan and save more.  Kicking things into high gear can require getting started on NEW things that will produce even bigger results.  Here is a link to a post with 12…

Calculating Retirement Odds – Using FIREcalc

Now that I am retired early and enjoying my first month without work, people are asking me for advice on how much THEY need to save to retire themselves.  Many people don’t seem to know where exactly to start.  Calculating the money needed for retirement feels like walking into a foreign casino to them –…