What if We Hadn’t Moved?


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?


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


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


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

Things Don’t Always Have To Go Exactly As Planned


As planned, I found myself waiting for a flight on an early mid-September morning.  My excitement for this trip had been building for weeks.  Who would I meet?  What new opportunities would arise?  How would this trip influence my future?  The possibilities seemed endless.

But there was only one problem.

This wasn’t the trip I was originally supposed to take.  It wasn’t the one I’d planned for.  So what happened? Continue reading