The Real Benefit of Financial Independence

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Yesterday, for the first time since I left my full-time job over seven months ago, I didn’t have any work when I actually wanted to work.

That’s not to say there wasn’t any work available.  I’ve found there’s always plenty of work to go around.

Yet, skimming through the list of editing jobs that had been allocated to me (and others) returned few worth the required effort.  Earlier in the day, on two separate occasions, I tried to accept what appeared to be an easy edit of a well-written paper only to have it snatched up by another freelancer seconds before I clicked “Accept.”

Instead of settling on a less than ideal job with either an unrealistic deadline or enough errors to require a complete rewrite, I decided to take the day off.

I kept myself busy by reading and working out.  Must be nice, huh? Continue reading

Fighting the Urge to Avoid Progress

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It’s easy to slack off.

That’s been especially true when it comes to this blog.  I’m not really accountable to anyone and there are no set deadlines.  I’m doing this for myself.

Still, I enjoy interacting with you all and want to put out a good product.

Two months after typing the first word, I finally posted about our November visit to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

Part of the delay was due to slacking off and another part was the result of something else that can get in the way of progress just the same.

I was trying to be perfect.  And I’m not even the perfectionist type! Continue reading

Freelancing Isn’t All About Freedom – You Need a Routine and Focus

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I heard a pop and immediately felt the pain.

I thought for sure I’d broken my ankle, but it was just a severe sprain.  An inconsequential play toward the end of a club rugby game kicked off a strange week where I just never got in the groove.

Hobbling around the house on a fat right foot all week, I just didn’t feel like doing anything.  To make things a bit more interesting, the boys were off from school Monday and Tuesday, our daughter was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, and my mother-in-law flew in for a visit on Friday.

Needless to say, I didn’t get much accomplished.

Throughout it all, I realized the importance of sticking to a routine.  On a normal day, I’d get the kids ready for school, freelance for a few hours, eat lunch, tie up loose ends, and hopefully get in a quick workout before the kids returned.  I’d feel productive and satisfied with my day. 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

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Wow, what a crazy year 2016 has been!  I can’t believe how much has changed for our family since this time last year.

A year ago, we were returning home to Texas after a road trip to visit family in Florida for the holidays.  Fast forward 365 days and we’re once again returning from a trip.  This time, we spent a week in the Netherlands (which was amazing, btw), a short ferry ride from our new home in England!

With so much going on in our day to day lives, it’s easy to lose track of where we’ve been and the experiences that have shaped us into who we are today.  One of the most interesting aspects of this blog is that it provides an opportunity to relive our own thoughts and feelings as we continue on this journey to financial independence and an overall lifestyle change.

Here’s a look back at our top 5 most popular posts of 2016. Continue reading