The Journey Archive

Heads up: The latter phase of your path to Financial independence is pretty boring

2014 and 2015 have been extremely exciting for me in terms of financial independence goals. I’ve created this blog to hold myself accountable, and worked on reducing our family’s expenses on as many levels as possible: no

Should I swallow my pride?

Earlier this week I blogged about my current work situation, and how much I hate the job. I’m in a very stressful position right now, because the current project demands it, and my manager wants to get

Why don’t you just quit your job if you hate it so much?

I’ve been enjoying what livingafi has done on his blog, posting a few articles about his life at work to remind his future self why he achieved financial independence. Although I can’t pretend to have his writing

Not financially independent yet, but this year I hit a pretty great milestone

I define “Financial Independence” as “not having to work for money anymore”. This year, I hit a very satisfactory milestone, although not what most people would call financial independence: The money from my side gig in 2015

My FI target keeps evading me

So, I might have mentioned a few times now that I plan to move back to Japan with my family, and start our early retirement there, at some point. As a result, our target budget is defined

Procrastinators, Early Retirement was made for you!

A while ago, I wrote about why early retirement is made for engineers and their “let’s optimize stuff” mindset. Today, I’ll talk about something else that applies a lot to me: procrastination. You see, procrastination has been

It’s like a super power

The more I try to convince my friends and family about what is a good investment strategy, the more I realize that the combination of moderate frugality + cheap ETF investments are like a super power. The

The hidden Mustachian at my office

The other day one of my colleagues invited me to her farewell party. “I’ve worked for this company for 10 years now, and I’m leaving for the wonderful world of funemployment.” Funemployment: a happy time in one’s

The difference two weeks can make

Two weeks ago, I blogged about my Early Retirement plans starting to crystallize, and how, unless things would go dramatically bad, I should be able to pull the “9 to 5” plug by the end of the

My RE plan starts to crystallize

This might be my good resolution for 2016: crystallize my Early Retirement plans, and make stuff finally happen. I just turned 34 this month. My long term plans are to become financially independent and retire before 40.