A Year of Ditching the Daily Grind

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Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tomorrow marks one year of ditching the daily grind.

My last day as a full-time employee in corporate America was August 5, 2016, and I can honestly say without any hesitation that the time since handing in my employee ID badge has easily been the best year of my life.  Even though I’d been looking forward to and planning for the day my creative and productive energies would no longer waste away in cubicle hell, the abrupt finality at the age of 34 happened mostly by chance.

My wife, who is active duty military, was reassigned to a base overseas and I was more or less forced to quit my job.  At least that’s how it appeared from the outside, giving me the perfect cover to implement my new career plan, one in which I’d never work a traditional full-time job ever again.

I had wanted this for years, but didn’t have the courage to give up a borderline six-figure salary, especially with three kids under 10 still under our roof.  Although we’d had a good handle on our money for years and I knew we could easily pull it off financially, it still didn’t seem logical. Continue reading

What if We Hadn’t Moved?

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For the last couple weeks, I’ve been flirting with missing my Wednesday post and yesterday I finally did it.  Hats off to those bloggers who maintain regular posting schedules, especially those who post multiples times a week.  It’s not easy… and I don’t even have a job!

Speaking of which, the other day  I was mentioned in a tweet by Even Steven Money.  Seriously, look who’s on this tweet.  Do I even belong in their company?

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He has a running list capturing the “Financial Independence Day” of various personal finance bloggers.  Previously, my plan was to quit working in March of this year and that is what is shown on his list.

Things changed a bit from the time I made my original announcement.   Continue reading

2016 Passive Income Recap

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Happy New Year, everyone!

We’re only six weeks into our new Wednesday posting schedule and I almost missed one already.  Today, I want to give a quick recap of our 2016 passive income totals.

At the beginning of 2016, we set a goal to earn $6,000 in dividends (taxable accounts only) and $10,000 in private real estate lending.  So how’d we do?

I knew from the start our dividend goal was ridiculously aggressive and there’s was a good chance we wouldn’t make it.  From my point of view, there’s no reason to set easily attainable goals, so go big or go home.   Continue reading

My First Day As A Freelancer

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So I finished my first freelancing gig yesterday.  And no, I wasn’t selling pumpkins.  It was a small job and didn’t pay much, but I think it was a good start.  It was also kind of fun.  More importantly, though, it was my first step in building a new life without a steady paycheck doing work that I want to do.

What was this job, you ask?

Let me back up a few steps first.  A couple weeks ago, I found a company that offered professional editing services to non-native English speakers worldwide. Continue reading