FIRE.0101 RothIRA wrong choice?

In the past, we maxed out 40X accounts and then had some money left over to save…before paying our bills [do you like that…”before bills”].  Before we were optimizers we just put that money into savings accounts, then became wiser and used little brokerage accounts.  Then I became even smarter and thought, “let’s pop that …Read More

FIRE.0100 I’m 20% older?

At a retirement retreat a little while ago I had the realization that I’ve always been at least 20% older than myself…than my actual age. Let me explain.  I tend to think differently than my peers.  I tend to get along with people older than me.  I tend to get into more interesting discussions with …Read More

FIRE.099 Raving 20s

So have you been thinking about how we’re leaping into a new year?  Do you have your list of New Year’s Resolutions?  Or maybe you have been planning on just tackling some activities that have been awaiting progress or completion?  Nothing too grand, of course… The good news is it’s a leap year— you get …Read More

FIRE.098 Gym 1000 weeks

As my blog post count nears the 100 post milestone, I am surprised that I hit another HUGE milestone last week.  If you read me, or know me, it’s no surprise that I keep track of things.  I plan, I track, (I sometimes do nothing with the previous information), I fine-tune, I like to know …Read More

FIRE.097 Churmoil

I find I truly enjoy my extraordinary life.  I feel I’m lucky in so many ways.  It’s so simple, yet so satisfying.  “Find the Positive.” There are people I know who always seem to have some mess of craziness (cluster*!@#) going on.  Their life seems to have so much turmoil and complication, just frequent stress-inducing …Read More