2017, the year of no motivation

This is it, procrastination is getting the best of me. Hey, I thought Financial Independence was supposed to make me a better employee? The end of 2016 had been tough on me from a motivation perspective. My

Black Friday and Christmas: my guilty pleasures and mistakes

I guess we “financial bloggers” all have a dark past, a former self that used to buy a bunch if things we didn’t need. That was definitely my case not so long ago, in particular with electronic

Suddenly, financial independence!

Well, this is it, folks. For the first time since I started tracking my wealth towards the specific goal of Financial Independence, it appears I’ve reached my destination: I’m KoFI (Kind of Financially Independent). My definition of

I’m spending 60% of my after-tax income on this luxury

Freedom. There’s a certain stigma attached to a frugal personality, at the office. I’m always worried that colleagues will judge me in a weird way when I say I don’t eat out, or won’t have that second

Would a promotion impact your FI/RE plan?

Somehow, I got promoted Somehow, I got promoted. This didn’t totally come as a surprise, as my manager had been very transparent about his goal to get me promoted this year, but the decision wasn’t up to

The cracks in your Financial Independence plan

For the first time in forever, I have a few hours without a meeting or urgent tasks at work. Instead of catching up on long, important (but not urgent) tasks, I decided to sneak out for a

My Status in October 2016: 83% there

Note: I’m publishing this article a few days after writing it. Since I wrote this article, it seems the USD/JPY pair has staged a minor comeback which has improved the situation slightly. Let’s see if it holds

Just save 60% of your income for 10 years, dude.

I imagine that at some point, very soon, I’ll be financially independent. Realistically, maybe next year or the one after that, unless the Japanese Yen decides to screw me once again. And, at some point, I think

The 7pm challenge

Working on a side hustle while maintaining a high standard in my 9to5 has become extremely difficult. Recently my wife has asked me to try and be home earlier. I tend to get home a bit late,

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

On my way to work today, I was imagining what it would be like to go through an interview once again in my life. I haven’t seriously interviewed for a job in the past 8 years, since