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My wife told her boss that she's quitting in February

It was time. After months (years?) of planning, crunching the numbers, talking strategy and examining our options, we finally have a solid plan in place, and it was now time for my wife to drop the bombshell on her boss. Come February, we're gone. You may be wondering: why break the news a year early? She works with a very small team that does a very specific and specialized engineering task. It is exceedingly difficult to find the right people with the right skillset to do what she does. The pr
Mar 28, 2016·3 min read
How to Retire

How to address the "what if" scenarios of early retirement

Remember my retirement renaissance a few months ago? I wrote about how fascinating the comments get when early retirement goes mainstream, but even within the finance community, things aren't always as encouraging as you might expect. For example, check out this forum post [http://boards.
Feb 29, 2016·6 min read
How to Retire

Financial independence is not just for the "rich" or wealthy

Though early financial independence is not a luxury designed only for high income earners, there is no getting around the fact that higher incomes make the whole early FI process quicker.
Dec 9, 2015·6 min read
Early retirement

When early retirement goes mainstream, its destitute!

One of the more interesting aspects of early retirement and financial independence is when the concept goes mainstream online. Comments are typically bad.
Dec 2, 2015·6 min read
Early retirement

Challenge: Record your "One Minute Retirement Soundbite"

What is your One Minute Retirement Soundbite?  The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to record your one-minute retirement story. 
Nov 22, 2015·2 min read
Rant

Dear Boss - I quit! Love, Me

I admit it - I've been thinking a lot about how I might say "I quit!" to the boss once the time comes to pass on more full time work and instead enjoy my life of financial independence.
Nov 18, 2015·5 min read
How to Think

Six simple techniques I use to work smarter, not harder

Over the course of my working life in an office, I learned something quite profound: hard work plays second fiddle to smart work. Work smarter, not harder. Get more done in less time.
Nov 2, 2015·7 min read
How to Retire

Working two extra months gets my wife social security

Our planned retirement date is so close, and my wife and I are so young, that it appears that my wife will be ineligible for Social Security, which she has judiciously funded for her entire working career, if she retires along with me in December of 2016.
Oct 14, 2015·5 min read
How to Think

How to rock your next interview and get the job

Remember: an interview is not only a means to judge your qualifications for a particular job. An interview is also a means to judge YOU. Show up on time. Dress nicely. Get the job!
Oct 7, 2015·8 min read
How to Retire

How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 3

Mastering your early retirement lifestyle, Part 3: Tips for maximizing your savings, uncovering hidden costs and streamlining your life so it prioritizes true happiness.
Oct 5, 2015·8 min read
How to Retire

How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 2

Mastering your early retirement lifestyle, part 2: How much money will I need before I can quit my job? How do I calculate my safe withdrawal rate?
Oct 1, 2015·7 min read
How to Retire

How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 1

Welcome to the "How to master your early retirement lifestyle" article series. This series takes you on a relaxing walk through the key concepts of early retirement and how they relate to the way that you live your life.
Sep 29, 2015·8 min read