Home Ownership: A Retrospective and Beyond

Goodbye Castle Doom

My wife and sold our home in early 2015, and we did it mostly to enable us to comfortably quit our jobs.

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DoomBook

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If my blogging alter-ego had a FB page, it’d look like this.

I’m not a huge fan of blogs or Facebook pages that show the rosiness of peoples’ lives and nothing else.

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Done Detoxing

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Fun Fact: No matter how appropriate it is, quoting Socrates on your blog makes you look like a total dorkmaster.

There’s this period of transition between full time employment and being settled in your post-work existence known as detox.  

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That Guy

Not me. But close enough.

Not me. But with a little more hair, it’d be pretty damned close.

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 three or so hours of blissful me-time, I realized something startling.

I’ve become that guy.

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How to Think About Market Downturns

I'll tell you what's happening: We've got ourselves another correction, doomie.

I’ll tell you what’s happening: We’ve got ourselves a correction, Doomie.

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

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If your employer doesn’t grant your request for a year off, follow Wally’s lead and take ‘in-cube’ paid leave. Genius!

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 are the benefits to taking a gap year, or half-year, along the journey to financial independence? What is it about experiencing life away from the office that’s convinced me that I waited too long to take a significant reprieve — and why didn’t I do it?  What does it do to the financial picture? And finally, what about the logistical challenges — how might you pull it off, if you’re so inclined?

If you’re interested in taking a non-working sabbatical within the context of FI/RE, this post is for you.

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Three Months Of Early Retirement


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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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