Author Archives: livafi

That Guy

I spent yesterday morning — a weekday, a Thursday — sitting on a chair outside a cafe enjoying the last bits of warm weather in New England, just reading and doing a bit of people-watching.  Toward the end of the … Continue reading

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How to Think About Market Downturns

I was working through my personal mid-year financial evaluation this week, only to discover there’s been something close to panic in the global markets of late.

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Taking a Gap Year

I’ve recently realized that I should have taken significant time away from work prior to retiring instead of slogging straight through my career since graduating from university, 1999 to 2015, with hardly a letup. Why have I come to this conclusion?  What … Continue reading

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Three Months Of Early Retirement

If you were to boil down the multitude of reasons why I quit my job, eventually you’d be left with a single underlying hope:  I thought life would be better without one.

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Becoming a Saver

I was having dinner with an old friend from university a few nights ago and he expressed disbelief that I was able to retire early.

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Detoxing, Part 1 of Infinity

You might be wondering what it’s like to suddenly unplug from the corporate matrix. Well, it’s been about three weeks since I’ve officially stopped going to work and I’m starting to get a feel for it.

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My last week at work flew by.

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Two Weeks’ Noticing

Giving your final notice at work is an amazing thing.

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I received not one but three separate messages blasting me for my last post. The gist?  Stop hating work, you crazy pessimist, you. Turn that frown upside down and be happy!

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The Litany of Office Hate

So I’m done with work.  You know this and I know this.  My last day is April 10th, 2015. By now, you probably wish I’d shut up about the whole thing.

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