Free-Lance Writer In Early Retirement?

When people ask me what I do to keep busy in early retirement, I almost never mention writing MrFireStation.com.  I guess that’s odd, given that I created the site more than three years ago and have now posted over 400 articles.  Even though I probably spend about 2 hours a week writing and updating the…

Irreplaceable MegaPerks from MegaCorp?

What MegaCorp Perks will you miss when you stop working and which ones will you seek to replace on your own dime? The forum early-retirement.org had a thread recently where people were listing some of the corporate perks and benefits they used to enjoy. They were fun to read through, running that gamut from typical…

Playing With Toys in Early Retirement

Back in March, I shared the concept of early retirement being like a second childhood. Really, a combination of the best of being a kid and an adult at the same time – “Kidulthood”. One aspect of Kidulthood that has been renewed this year might seem a bit silly for a former MegaCorp executive to…

Still Working After All These Years?

We had the pleasure to go to the Paul Simon concert last month when his tour came through our city. We like to go to concerts and have gone out to a lot more since we stopped working two years ago. It’s amazing how many acts are touring now a days. Like many musicians of…

Daily Schedule in Early Retirement?

A common question I get in early retirement is “what do you do all day?” or “what is your daily schedule?” People wonder how much of regular routine I have – especially what time I get up. I have to admit that after two years on this FIRE lifestyle adventure, I still really haven’t developed…

Speedy Service or Expensive Convenience?

You would think the last thing an early retiree might need is time saving technology. After all, if I don’t have the time to get things done, who would? That said, I’ve recently fallen in love with the convenience of restaurant ordering apps. I’ve always had one for ordering pizza, but in the last week,…

Graduation & Life Advice “Wear Sunscreen”

My friend Russ posted this profound and entertaining mock graduation speech on LinkedIn last week. I hadn’t seen it before – although it has appeared it many popular forms over the last twenty years. Originally a Chicago Tribune column by Mary Schmich from June 1, 1997, the advice to new graduates quickly became a sensation.…