FI Journey Blog Posts

  • How To Day Trade: An Education
    on Dec 17, 2016 in The Basics
    Many people who want financial freedom do some crazy things. They play the lotto every week, pouring their money down the drain. They take stock tips from their brother-in-law that go south real quick, right after they invest their holiday bonus into...
  • The Life Of An Entrepreneur
    on Mar 19, 2015 in Journey Progress Stories
    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...
  • My Black Friday Mortgage Payoff
    on Dec 10, 2014 in Journey Progress Stories
    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...
  • A Year In The Fast Lane
    on Sep 24, 2014 in Journey Progress Perspective Stories
    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...
  • August In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth
    on Sep 8, 2014 in Journey Progress
    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...
  • 5 Affordable U.S. Cities for Renters
    on Aug 12, 2014 in Networking
    By Jennifer Riner of Zillow Today’s rental market is extremely competitive, giving property managers and investment proprietors the ability to price their units high – sometimes above estimated market value. Renters in New York and San Francisco,...
  • 5 Affordable U.S. Cities for Renters
    on Aug 12, 2014 in Networking
    By Jennifer Riner of Zillow Today’s rental market is extremely competitive, giving property managers and investment proprietors the ability to price their units high – sometimes above estimated market value. Renters in New York and San Francisco,...
  • July In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth
    on Aug 5, 2014 in Journey Progress
    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...
  • July In Review – Income/Expense and Net Worth
    on Aug 5, 2014 in Journey Progress
    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...
  • Owning More Stuff Is Not The Answer
    on Jul 29, 2014 in Perspective Practical Stories
    I’ll never forget the day my dad stared off into space in our back yard and told me “Son, I wish I didn’t own so much stuff.” I was around 16 years old, I’d guess. My dad proceeded to list all the areas of his life wher...
  • Owning More Stuff Is Not The Answer
    on Jul 29, 2014 in Perspective Practical Stories
    I’ll never forget the day my dad stared off into space in our back yard and told me “Son, I wish I didn’t own so much stuff.” I was around 16 years old, I’d guess. My dad proceeded to list all the areas of his life wher...
  • Fatherhood: Still My Favorite Job
    on Jul 22, 2014 in Perspective
    My dear Violet, You don’t know it yet, but you’ve just been born. You’re extremely cute, with a head so full of hair the nurses in the nursery were playing with it like you were an oversize troll doll. You don’t cry too much e...
  • Fatherhood: Still My Favorite Job
    on Jul 22, 2014 in Perspective
    My dear Violet, You don’t know it yet, but you’ve just been born. You’re extremely cute, with a head so full of hair the nurses in the nursery were playing with it like you were an oversize troll doll. You don’t cry too much e...
  • The Time My Wife Asked ME For A Raise
    on Jul 17, 2014 in Stories
    My wife is an amazing woman. Let me count the ways! Actually, let me just tell you a couple of reasons why. A couple of recent incidents have (again) highlighted for me what an amazing woman I married 9 years ago, and I just want to take a few minute...
  • The Time My Wife Asked ME For A Raise
    on Jul 17, 2014 in Stories
    My wife is an amazing woman. Let me count the ways! Actually, let me just tell you a couple of reasons why. A couple of recent incidents have (again) highlighted for me what an amazing woman I married 9 years ago, and I just want to take a few minute...
  • Accounting Software For Small Business – My Search For A Simple, Cheap Solution
    on Jul 15, 2014 in Decisions Product Reviews
    If you read this blog regularly you might be aware that I’ve been preparing myself (and my finances) for the possibility of a job change early next year, once I’ve paid off our mortgage. That plan is not 100% certain yet, but I’ve b...
  • Accounting Software For Small Business – My Search For A Simple, Cheap Solution
    on Jul 15, 2014 in Decisions Product Reviews
    If you read this blog regularly you might be aware that I’ve been preparing myself (and my finances) for the possibility of a job change early next year, once I’ve paid off our mortgage. That plan is not 100% certain yet, but I’ve b...
  • Happy First Birthday FI Journey!
    on Jul 11, 2014 in Journey Progress
    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...
  • Happy First Birthday FI Journey!
    on Jul 11, 2014 in Journey Progress
    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...
  • Financial Independence Is NOT Like Going On A Diet
    on Jul 8, 2014 in Perspective
    I really enjoy eating food. I don’t crave sweets so much, but rich, home-cooked meals. If only food loved me as much… Over the last month or so I’ve been trying to cut back on the number of calories I take in. You probably wouldn&...
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