Financial Failures On The Way To Early Retirement – Stock Options

When I published my 200th post on MrFireStation.com, someone asked me to write about some of the FINANCIAL FAILURES that we encountered on our way to achieving financial independence and retiring early (FIRE).  I will write about these over the next few weeks and cross-reference the posts in case someone wants to read about all of our mistakes at once! Today’s mistake has to do … Continue reading Financial Failures On The Way To Early Retirement – Stock Options

Relaxed Return From First Early Retirement Trip

We are just back from our wonderful trip to Japan, where we spent the last two weeks.  We got home last Thursday afternoon and are finally adjusting to the difference in time zones (14 hours).  You can see from the pictures some of the sites we saw in Tokyo & Kyoto.  We were very busy, but it was an amazing cultural immersion! The jet lag … Continue reading Relaxed Return From First Early Retirement Trip

FIRE Station Fun – Big Wonderful World

When people have asked “What are you going to do in early retirement?” – I’ve often answered that it is a great big wonderful world filled with things I am interested in learning about and trying.  We are just back from our summer vacation to Tokyo & Kyoto and I am amazed at how much of the world we know so little about.  There is … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Big Wonderful World

Changing Japanese View of Retirement

Deciding to retire early, just before I turned 50, certainly makes me a bit counter-cultural in terms of expectations for how long one works.  I have estimated before that only about 1 in 20 workers (5%) in the United States retire at 50, and the average age of retirement is sixty five.  Since we are traveling right now in Japan (I am writing this on … Continue reading Changing Japanese View of Retirement

FIRE Station Fun – Road Crews Reactions

There are people working all around us, of course – every day 24×7.  Especially during the workweek, but there are also many people working on the weekends.  That said, even after just three months of early retirement you start to not notice them as much.  Many jobs are ‘out of site’ – people that work in office buildings, folks that work on the road, and … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Road Crews Reactions