I am an already retired (old’ish) FiRE Starter. My blog is targeted at helping new and “mid journey” FiRE Movement folks to find the right investments to retire early. Also targeted at offering alternative ideas for early retirement such as alternative living locations. Providing information on cost of living and funds needed to retire comfortably. Each month I publish my actual investment return numbers and investment ideas.
My blog is sort of about money and financial independence (…OK FIRE if you must). But it’s not really about that – because that’s not really what life’s about. My blog is about more than money. Its about health, and relationships, and sleep, and books, and hobbies. In short it’s about everything to do with being happy, or at least my journey to becoming happier.
My name is Dan and I’m 42-years old. I live a normal life in the beautiful countryside of the South East of England, with my wonderful wife and three young children (three girls 6 years and under….. yikes!) There’s one overarching reason why I am obsessed with the topic of achieving financial freedom and retiring early: “I want to spend my time with people I love, doing things that really matter”.
Most people dream of a time when they can quit their day job and pursue what they truly love. Yet, when you ask young(er) people about retirement, they tune out, equating “retirement” with “walkers and canes”. Retirement is not about being old. It’s about no longer being dependent upon your time and labor for money. Retirement is financial freedom. The truth is, if you’re determined and start early enough, retirement can happen sooner than you think.
This blog is more than spending reports and posts on whether you need to be frugal or maximise your income to achieve FIRE. Not that I’m nitpicking, I have just come to realise there’s only a finite amount of posts to write about FIRE and the journey to get there. Which is why my blog isn’t just about FI – there’s more to me than FI which is why I intend my blog to be as diverse as my interests.
Welcome to my shiny new blog! I’m 31 years old and I’d like to be financially independent by the time I’m 45. Here I will post about my journey to financial independence to measure my progress and keep me on track. Hopefully, some of you will find it interesting and maybe even helpful for your own journeys.
I can’t say this blog which I started on my 36th birthday is the start of our journey towards FI, but it’s a start in sharing with the world. The journey towards FI has been a long one for me already. I wanted to have money to give me the freedom I saw so many older colleagues lacking when I joined the workforce. And I wanted to have that freedom while I was still young enough to enjoy it.