My journey to Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) has been a wild ride. But at 35, I did it!
Like the stock market, there were many volatile moments. I’ve made a lot of money mistakes along the way. So if I can reach early retirement, so can you!
What exactly does financial independence mean?
There are so many definitions of what it means to be financially independent. There are also a number of ways to interpret early retirement too!
Here’s what I mean when I refer to FIRE. Financial independence is accumulating enough assets that work becomes optional.
FIRE became my goal when I couldn’t stand another day at my 9-5 job.
From micromanaging bosses to passive aggressive coworkers, enough was enough. In fact, I quit a few times without a Plan B. That’s when having an emergency fund (aka F-You money) came in handy!
Money mistakes and financial setbacks are a part of the learning process.
We fall in and out of alignment all the time. Money mistakes are bound to happen so clearing blocks in the money chakra a lifelong process.
There are so many things I wish I didn’t have to learn the hard way.
It took me a long long time to let go of my past money mistakes. I had my fair share of meltdowns throughout my emotional roller coaster journey to financial freedom.
Need support on your journey to financial freedom? You’re in the right place!
Through years of trial and error, I came across several trustworthy resources. Below are my most recommended services, products, and companies that I have used and/or know are valuable.
You can save (and make) thousands of dollars all from this resource page!
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below. These are all services + products I have verified and/or personally used.
Personal Finance Help
Can I retire yet? Personal Capital offers a free in-depth retirement planning calculator. Know exactly where you stand relative to your retirement goals. You can also use Personal Capital to track your net worth, asset allocation, and portfolio performance. I like their holistic view to a unique financial picture.
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Get her latest tax and bookkeeping tips or get in touch with Amy herself here!
Side Hustle Recommendations
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Blog + Business Help
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