FIRE Milestone – One Year Anniversary of Early Retirement!

Tomorrow – April Fool’s Day, appropriately enough – marks the one year anniversary of leaving MegaCorp for early retirement last year.  The year has gone very fast and filled with a lot of fun and terrific memories. I don’t have any words of wisdom to share other than TIME is the ultimate luxury and the sooner you can reach financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), … Continue reading FIRE Milestone – One Year Anniversary of Early Retirement!

First Year of Early Retirement (4) – Learn/Write & Giving/Teaching

This is it.  This is the last week of the year since I left MegaCorp for early retirement last year and also the last chapter in a series of four posts about what I have been up to since last April Fool’s Day.  This post focuses on the last two areas of the Life Wheel I created with goals in each area of my life … Continue reading First Year of Early Retirement (4) – Learn/Write & Giving/Teaching

FIRE Station Fun – Let Me Count The Ways

A number of readers have been chatting about how many months they have until their own early retirement dates and how anxious they are getting.  I started this blog when I had 15 months left before my FIRE escape date from MegaCorp.  That seemed like a really long time at that point, but now when I reflect on it, it seems like no time at … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Let Me Count The Ways

First Year of Early Retirement (3) – Work/Money & Family/Friends

This is the third chapter in a series of four posts that look at how our first year in early retirement has gone.  This chapter covers activities related to Family/Friends and Work/Money.  These are two of the busiest areas on my Life Wheel map and have been very satisfying.  (Here are links to the FIRST and SECOND posts of this series) My goal wasn’t to … Continue reading First Year of Early Retirement (3) – Work/Money & Family/Friends

Long-Term Care Insurance – Cost/Benefit Tradeoffs

My Mom & Dad called recently to get my take on their Long Term Care (LTC) insurance.  They’ve had a policy for fourteen years and recently got a notice from their insurer that their rates would be going up.  The increase – stepped over the next few years – totaled a little more than +50% versus what they were paying now.  If they didn’t want … Continue reading Long-Term Care Insurance – Cost/Benefit Tradeoffs

First Year of Early Retirement (2) – Health/Sports & Love/Romance

This is the second chapter in four posts about how we’ve spent our first year of early retirement, which started on April Fool’s Day last year. Click here for last week’s update on Travel/Play & Arts/Creative.  This week, I’m reporting in on two more segments of the Life Wheel: Health/Sports and Love/Romance. I established 13 goals in these two areas and so far, I’ve made … Continue reading First Year of Early Retirement (2) – Health/Sports & Love/Romance

FIRE Station Fun – Running Through Life

My son forwarded me this sobering cartoon that he saw on Twitter yesterday. I’m not sure who originally drew it, but it does describe the dark side of the American Dream that we all worry about, doesn’t it? Sorry to not have something more cheerful to send you off this weekend.  If nothing else, here’s a link to a collection of funny Monday morning memes … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Running Through Life