As you may have noticed, I’ve been really lazy with the blog lately. It’s been over a month since my last post and I wonder sometimes if I should keep it going.
I remember a time not too long ago when I thought about money constantly. I’d wake up and immediately check my stocks to see if any news came out overnight. I’d monitor our account balances daily. I’d read personal finance blogs nonstop and think about posts to write.
And then it just stopped.
I’m not sure if it was the move or quitting my job or what. I’m just not interested in focusing on money anymore. Now, this doesn’t mean we’ve been going on spending sprees or anything like that. Nothing like that at all. Our spending habits are still exactly the same. Our automatic investments are still doing their thing. Our finances are on autopilot.
It’s just that different things have taken priority.
Travel has become a bigger focus and I think we’ve done fairly well on this front since moving to the UK last summer. We’ve been to tons of places throughout southern England and now want to focus more on central and northern sites. Not to mention, we still haven’t been to Wales or Scotland.
Outside of England, so far as a family we have gone to the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Spain. I’ve spent another three weeks in Germany on my own for my reserve job. Next month, we’ll be heading to the Canary Islands for a week in the sun. We’re shooting for one more big trip towards the end of the year, possibly to Portugal.
These travel opportunities have been an amazing blessing and experience for our family.
My career aspirations definitely aren’t what they once were. I still want to and plan on doing well in the reserve, but I’m really enjoying the part-time work tempo much more than the full-time grind. It feels like a much better way to live, where work is not the primary focus.
I’m becoming fully convinced that we could easily cover all of our bills with part-time and investment income alone. I’ve been running some numbers and should be able to share them soon once I have a little more data.
I’m also convinced that because most people don’t even consider the possibility of early retirement, they set their lifestyle at their income level. Simply observing others, it’s hard not to see waste in everyday activities. Throwing away food, shopping to pass time, booking travel without much research or cost comparisons. It’s almost like people don’t realize how much unnecessary stress they’re adding to their lives with their haphazard spending.
I’ve recently come across an opportunity that would have me working more regularly. Details are still being worked out and I’m somewhat on the fence about the whole thing. On one hand, I wouldn’t mind working a little more, especially if it’s on something interesting. My pay would be fairly high and we’d be able to put aside even more money. On the other hand, I really enjoy the freedom of setting my own schedule.
I’m not sure what’ll end up happening, but because I don’t need the job I definitely have the upper hand in the discussions. Either way, it should end up working out well and it’s always nice to have another option.