The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of January

24 thoughts on “The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of January”

  1. Great round-up of posts! I’m really curious to hear your take on the Forbes feature and generally about being public with your names and your plans. Have you two been open with your co-workers, family, and friends about your FIRE goals?

    1. Being public doesn’t bother me in the slightest. As you can probably tell from the blog, I’m a bit of an open book. It’s just my style. We don’t openly talk about our plans unsolicited with co-workers, but the majority of our family knows our plans. Many of our friends do as well. Those whom we associate with more often tend to know, while those whom we don’t get to talk to much probably aren’t aware.

      Needless to say, we don’t pick and choose who knows. 🙂

      1. That’s a refreshing perspective. I think I’m coming around to being more open about our broader plans. I’ve never hesitated to share our travel goals with friends and family, but I’ve always kept the financial component of it to myself. With coworkers, I had never shared anything until putting in my notice, fearing that I had more to lose than to gain.

        1. I can understand the inclination to keep most things relatively close to the vest. After all, you can never be too careful these days. I pretty much have the policy that I don’t openly disclose all this stuff unsolicited, but if the conversation naturally goes that way, or if someone specifically asks, that’s usually all the momentum that I need to open up the flood gates! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the feature in Forbes – that’s a really big deal! I loved your quote that the “less and less stuff you have, the happier you are.” The positivity of your approach to choosing your own lifestyle is outstanding. I sent a link to the feature to my 18 year old son.

    i’m sure 2016 will go fast for you. My countdown is now 76 days … 🙂

  3. Very cool to read about your interview on Forbes. Hopefully this will drive even more blog readership growth. It’s neat that you started yet another blog. I’m sure these blogs are keeping you busy. 🙂

    1. Ha! Yup, the blogs definitely keep me busy, that’s for sure. We’ll have a good number of them once we start into our new lifestyle. It’ll be interesting to see how they turn out. 😉

  4. Spoiler alert: In my experience no quick guides to getting rich are worth it. I’ll definitely be interested to read your take, though, and Wednesday’s post.

    Oh by the way, I’m not sure whether you disclose your location on here (I’m a relatively new reader), so I’ll keep this vague. But I believe I heard you’re in the same state as me, based on comments from the Just One More Year blog.

    If I’m right about your location, then I thought you’d be interested to know that we’re doing an area meet-up of PF bloggers. My mom (Donna Freedman, who used to write for MSN Money and still freelances quite a bit for other PF blogs) is coming into town next week, and she likes to have a few hours one day to chat with other area bloggers. It’s not in your town, so the commute might be a bit much for 3 hours’ conversation. But I thought I’d at least give you the heads up. You can email me for more details if you’re interested.

    1. Hey Abigail! My schedule over the next couple of weeks is actually pretty hectic (we are getting our home ready for sale), so this probably isn’t the best time for me to escape town. But you’re right, we are both in the same wonderful state of Arizona. 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to dive into these posts, Curry Cracker’s article about never paying taxes was the first thing i clicked while reading your article, glad i did!

    Excited to see the very cold vacation destination!

  6. I love this compilation of great posts in one place. And, congrats on Forbes and the new blog! There is nothing that keeps me more motivated than the great people and writing of this PF community. I know, for me, getting to the point of early retirement is part of the fun. I’m really not chasing early retirement; I’m chasing freedom. I want the option of retiring early. I also want the option of not retiring early. The freedom to choose will make all the difference.

    Keep up the great work!
    Mrs. Mad Money Monster

    1. You said it best, Mrs. MMM – it’s not about early retirement as much as it is the freedom to choose what you do with your time, ALL THE TIME. I like it!

  7. Thanks for the shout-out Steve! The post on retiring early is one of the most popular on PeerFinance101 and is something that has really changed my life. Like many people, I used to waste hours a day dreaming about early retirement before realizing that it wasn’t retirement I wanted but just a job that I enjoyed.

    I work harder now than I ever did in the ‘rat race’ but love what I do and will be doing this for as long as I’m able. It feels great to have that kind of financial freedom!

    Love the blog, keep it coming.

    1. Thanks Joseph, appreciate the kind words. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re doing what you love and aren’t living paycheck to paycheck, how much more out of life can we really expect? Looks like you’re doing it right!

  8. This is my first time coming to your website and your story is so inspiring. I really believe that true financial freedom is not to be filthy rich, but to be financially secure enough to take care of yourself while you do what makes you happy. Everyone’s definition is different and that’s fine with me.

    1. Thanks Petrish, I completely agree. I definitely think that the freedom component of this whole early retirement business is the real goal that we’re trying to achieve. Simply “not working” doesn’t do it near the justice that it deserves.

    1. I always appreciate your perspective on that issue – honestly, it’s a hot button for me too, and needed to get this topic off my chest in an article. 😉

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