Blog Posts - Journey Progress



The Life Of An Entrepreneur

So here I am, in the middle of March 2015. A consultant. President of my own IT consulting company. I spent well over a year preparing for this, and much more time than that trying to make this a possibility. After all, I wasn’t planning to st...
by FI Journey on Mar 19, 2015

My Black Friday Mortgage Payoff

It’s done. Finished. Over with. Gone. Four years after setting out to eliminate our mortgage and create flexibility in our lives, we’ve accomplished our goal! This was the very last of our debt, so we are officially debt-free now (well, t...
by FI Journey on Dec 10, 2014

A Year In The Fast Lane

A few days ago I looked around at my life and thought “Boy, I cannot wait until next year.” Often, at this point in the fall, that’s what I’m saying about my beloved Gamecocks football team, but in this instance I was referrin...
by FI Journey on Sep 24, 2014

August In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth

It’s September everyone! Wowee, are the weeks flying by right now or what? I hope you all enjoyed your summer and that your football team started the season off better than mine has… The big news around my house is that my newborn daughte...
by FI Journey on Sep 8, 2014

July In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth

Here we are, almost through the summer. I hope yours is going well. Mine is sliding by in kind of a blur with two side jobs and a newborn in the house, there’s not a ton of sleep to be had, but we are marching steadily towards the end of our mo...
by FI Journey on Aug 5, 2014

July In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth

Here we are, almost through the summer. I hope yours is going well. Mine is sliding by in kind of a blur with two side jobs and a newborn in the house, there’s not a ton of sleep to be had, but we are marching steadily towards the end of our mo...
by FI Journey on Aug 5, 2014

Happy First Birthday FI Journey!

One year ago today I started blogging, with the intention of sharing as much as I could about what I’d been learning and putting into practice in my own life; namely responsible money management and the path to financial independence. Even as I...
by FI Journey on Jul 11, 2014

Happy First Birthday FI Journey!

One year ago today I started blogging, with the intention of sharing as much as I could about what I’d been learning and putting into practice in my own life; namely responsible money management and the path to financial independence. Even as I...
by FI Journey on Jul 11, 2014

June In Review – Income Expense and Net Worth

Welcome to July everyone! It’s been a few months since I’ve posted an update on our net worth and goal progress, mostly because I’ve been working so much. The summer has been pleasantly busy for me so far, after the extended downt...
by FI Journey on Jul 1, 2014

June In Review – Income Expense and Net Worth

Welcome to July everyone! It’s been a few months since I’ve posted an update on our net worth and goal progress, mostly because I’ve been working so much. The summer has been pleasantly busy for me so far, after the extended downt...
by FI Journey on Jul 1, 2014

Financial Independence – How It Works

If you spend much time reading about personal finance, retirement, or investing then you might have noticed the phrase “financial independence” used somewhere online, or perhaps in a book. It’s not a very common term, but it sounds...
by FI Journey on May 20, 2014

Mortgage Payoff Update – 6 Months Left

If you’ve been following along on my journey to FI you are aware that the first major hurdle is getting our mortgage out of the way. I’ve written extensively about how we’ve learned what kind of house we need, and how we’re re...
by FI Journey on May 2, 2014

March In Review – Income Expense and Net Worth

Happy April everyone! It’s quickly turning spring where I live, and I couldn’t be more ready for it. This winter has been long, busy, and very cold. Summer promises to be less busy for me and I’m looking forward to that. Here are so...
by FI Journey on Apr 2, 2014

February In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth

Well well well, look who decided to come out of hibernation today. Happy March everyone! In the southern USA it’s starting to feel more like spring, which I’m very much looking forward to. I apologize for the lack of posting over the last...
by FI Journey on Mar 1, 2014

January In Review – Income/Expense And Net Worth

Happy Super-weekend everyone, I hope you have plans to enjoy some time with friends, family, or both while you watch the big game tomorrow. If you missed my post from Thursday, January was something else for me. I’ve felt a little out of touch...
by FI Journey on Feb 1, 2014

My Checklist For Making The Self Employment Switch

  Working two jobs is a pain. Working two jobs is tiring. Working two jobs is not something I recommend doing for very long. But at the moment I’m actually enjoying it–a lot! The reason for this is that I know what the possibilities...
by FI Journey on Jan 14, 2014

Top 5 Posts Of 2013 On FI Journey

I’ve been wanting to do a quick recap post that include my top 5 posts from last year, according to my site’s analytics, so that readers will have a one-stop place to see what makes this blog tick. It just so happens that this last week h...
by FI Journey on Jan 12, 2014

November In Review – Income/Expense And Net Worth

  This weekend was one of the most fun I’ve had in quite a while, I hope you all enjoyed yours as well! Between hanging out with family and friends over Thanksgiving and then watching some of  the best college football games of the season...
by FI Journey on Dec 2, 2013

I Just Set Up My First Roth IRA

  I hear you rolling your eyes over there. You’re probably thinking “wait, this is a financial independence blog and he’s just now opening his first Roth IRA? Shouldn’t that be one of the first steps toward FI?” In...
by FI Journey on Nov 26, 2013

Flipping The Script: How I Learned To Live On Last Month’s Income

A little over a year ago I learned a valuable lesson, both about myself and how I manage my finances, and I want to share that with you today, hopefully as a “how not to” story for folks to learn from. I was paying my bills in late Septem...
by FI Journey on Nov 4, 2013


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