In December of 2016, I officially called it quits from full-time work. Hopefully, forever. I remember my last day vividly – I did virtually nothing that was work-related. My manager allowed me to ride out the last day on the company’s overhead budget to free up some project money, and away I went. I took … Continue reading Performance review: One year anniversary of early retirement
Oh hi! I'm Steve.
First, welcome to the blog! I retired at the age of 35 from a career in information technology to a life of absolute freedom. Today, my wife and I travel the country full-time in our Airstream. We have a photo gallery at FullTimeExplorers.com and a travel-based channel on YouTube. Start here to find out what we're doing.
It’s not that this blog is “all that”, necessarily. But, I have spent some time in the spotlight as my story has circulated around the Internet. It’s wonderful when it happens. Stats soar. People offer words of encouragement (or hate). Then, what? Here’s the thing about going viral: It’s not always good. But still, the … Continue reading Rebuilding yourself (and your blog) after going viral
The Friday Feast is my attempt at picking out a few things from the personal finance community that I found interesting this week. It’s also a chance for me to keep you fine readers updated on where we are in the U.S. Here’s what’s up in the personal finance community Well, here we are in … Continue reading The Friday Feast ~ the 8th of December
The word “perfect” has no place on this blog. Perfection is an unhealthy obsession and impossible to attain. So, forget about it. Instead, let’s focus on something a little more achievable, shall we? Yeah, we shall. Right in this post. How about we focus on being “above average”. Better than the average Joe or Jane. … Continue reading 9 ways to be above average
I’ve got a truly remarkable story from a guy that spent 10 years in prison but is still on the path to early retirement. Taking control of your life and working through your challenges can have a remarkable effect on achieving your goals. Here’s Bill. Prison is a horrible place. Trust me, I’ve been there. … Continue reading How a 10-year prison sentence inspired me to retire early
The Friday Feast is my attempt at picking out a few things from the personal finance community that I found interesting this week. It’s also a chance for me to keep you fine readers updated on where we are in the U.S. Here’s what’s up in the personal finance community First – I can feel … Continue reading The Friday Feast ~ the 1st of December
Here’s the thing about Black Friday – it’s a day where we see the absolute marketing genius of many retailers truly shine, as they offer so-called deals on products that you probably could have picked up cheaper during other times of the year. How does the math add up with all these discounts? It doesn’t. … Continue reading How can retailers afford those Black Friday deals? They can’t
That original CNBC article about our story is just nuts – and I had no idea how often news is recycled from media outlet to media outlet. CNBC was the funnel, then it got picked up by several other entities and now, thanks to a Scripps network website called Don’t Waste Your Money, our budget has made … Continue reading You gotta love all that Facebook hate
Raise your hand if you’re sitting in a half-full office today? The week of Thanksgiving, every office I’ve ever worked in was at least half empty. It was one of my favorite times to be at the office, actually. It was slow. And, I didn’t have to take PTO! And, you’re probably making the rounds … Continue reading My side hustle idea; whatcha think?
I try my very best to be respectful. As an early retiree, I know full well that early retirement isn’t for everyone. It just won’t work for all of us, and that’s okay, nothing wrong with that. I just wish that other people, who may not have any interest (or knowledge) in retiring early would … Continue reading What this successful person WILL tell you