When Tragedy Changes Your Plans: Felisa’s Story

When Tragedy Changes Your Plans: Felisa's Story

Felisa had been divorced for five years. She and her ex-husband were on good terms and split custody of their 12 and 15-year-olds, alternating weeks. Her dream was to travel the world during the weeks she wasn’t responsible for her children. Her FI number was calculated based on what worked in her given present scenario. As an executive for a non-profit, there were always pressures to do more with less; the … Read more

Starting Late But Retiring Rich: The Story Of Stephen And Becky

Starting Late But Retiring Rich: The Story Of Stephen And Becky

Becky and Stephen were latecomers to the ChooseFI way of life. Their situation is pretty rosy now with Stephen getting ready to retire at the end of December this year at the age of 63. At that time, he and wife Becky, 62, will uproot from their home in Houston, Texas to be closer to their kids in the Colorado/New Mexico area. With high property taxes in Texas, a Geoarbitrage … Read more

I Quit My Job! A Look At What’s Next

I Quit My Job! A Look At What's Next

I did it! I took a huge leap of faith and quit my full-time job. My last day was September 14, 2018. I will remember this date for a very long time. When I gave my two-week notice, my boss and co-workers were genuinely surprised, nobody expected me to leave. After all, I’ve been there for almost 13 years. I quit my job because I wanted more freedom so I … Read more

From Welfare To Wealthy: Sabrina’s Story

From Welfare To Wealthy: Sabrina's Story

It was 2008 when 27-year-old Sabrina found herself a divorced, single mom of twin three-year-old girls and a four-year-old son. Despite working a full-time job and a part-time job, she still qualified for low-income housing, food stamps, and subsidized child care. And despite her struggles and limited time she still managed to go back to school. Soon after graduating, and a few years of experience, she landed a job which … Read more

Fulfilling The Dream Of Becoming An Underwater Filmmaker

Fulfilling The Dream Of Becoming An Underwater Filmmaker

Essentially, the reason we are all on the path to FI is because we want the freedom to have options. Freedom means something different to everyone, but having options is the essence of what all us FIers have in common. We want to get off our own hamster wheels and finally stop trading our time for money. Interestingly, there are some people who don’t ever get ON the hamster wheel. … Read more

Health And Finances–Why They Overlap More Than You Think

Health And Finances Why They Overlap More Than You Think

When soulmates from vastly different backgrounds find one another and decide to become a permanent team, a whole lotta adjustments happen along the way. Jake and Laura are living the dream! They both are Certified Anesthetists making darn good money. They are “livin’ the dream”–well, redefining “the dream” after much realization and compromise. The Early Years: Laura Big city China was all Laura knew as a child. Her parents divorced … Read more

How This Couple Paid Off Their Mortgage In 506 Days

How This Couple Paid Off Their Mortgage In 506 Days

According to Jim Rohn, “We are an average of five people that we spend the most time with.” The older I get, the more that quote resonates with me. I’ve learned how to identify people that I want to learn from and be around and be influenced by, and those I do not. Nowadays, when I see FI characteristics in people, the gravitational pull does what it does naturally. Introductions … Read more

I’m Qutting My Job To Write Comics

I'm Quitting My Job To Write Comics

As a kid, comic books were a popular form of escape, and they still are today. In fact, the industry is thriving, as can be evidenced with a new superhero movie making its box office debut every time we turn around. Whether we get them as hand-drawn images or video form in the palm of our hands, they hook us. The adventures of Batman, Superman, The Hulk, Thor, and so … Read more

How This Reluctant Spouse Got On Board With FI

How This Reluctant Spouse Got On Board With FI

Granted, if you’re reading this, you are already a FI geek. However, your other half may not be cut from the same cloth. I, (Vicki) was the last one on board with making some changes to what we were doing, so I wanted to share a bit of our journey. Though I wasn’t a “Reluctant Spouse”, I was a “Clueless Spouse”. Yet, in the past few years, I’ve mastered the … Read more