Category Archives: pre-FIRE

FIRE.131 Savings Increase Plan

I’ve always saved some.  I’ve posted about the lessons when I was 12. Early in my career, I had a great job for three years working on a great team, for great leaders, and at a great company.  In your late 20s, three years seems like a decade.  Well after three years into my career …Read More

FIRE.129 REally? (fiRE)

Retire Early!  I’ve seen so many articles and podcasts popping up lately all being over sensitive toward the “not Retire Early” web trolls.  I guess it’s pretentious (?) enough to say you are “Financially Independent,” but you seem to cross the line when you say “Retire Early.” Career Control I know that I wasn’t working …Read More

FIRE.128 Follow the Masses?

This post is all about how to increase the satisfaction in your days, and in your life.  If not satisfaction, then at least increase your optimization and decrease your level of annoyance.  Or is that just my strategy? I constantly hear about “keeping up with the Joneses.”  I used to wonder who would spend their …Read More

FIRE.127 Mustang/Life Repair Lesson

I have an example of a dumb decision/life lesson learned.  It wasn’t a problem, or cause any negative effects on our lives, but it was there was a loss.  This is a lesson to enjoy life. My wife at one time had an old car that worked fine.  It was a pleasure car, a “classic.”  …Read More

FIRE.126 10 Favorite Things

I talk to people about my favorite/most important activity—10 Favorite Things—all the time. Surprisingly, I searched on myself—actually in my posted LifeInFIRE thoughts—and I cannot find where I clearly describe this process and its importance to me. Important Activities Here’s what I learned from the Playing With Fire movie.  I learned about creating a list …Read More

FIRE.123 35-50

During my morning “commute” time I was thinking how BAM, the decades seem to have disappeared. To be more precise, it almost seems like I jumped from 35 years-old to 50 years-old in a matter of a few years, at most.  I feel my wife and I lose track of seasons (and years?) because of …Read More


I should state this upfront; I’m very far from being a millennial.  I lack so many of the traits; being energized by social engagements, being born with technology, being raised where everything is possible, and even having very few acronyms to explain my lifestyle, etc.  Yet, the YOLO philosophy is very intriguing to me, at …Read More

FIRE.120 Income Satisfaction Fallacy?

Why do we keep hearing that life satisfaction perception levels off at $75k of income? What is the core? Is that research statement related to spending all of your take-home pay?  Are they really saying that having a salary higher than 75k only delivers incremental satisfaction? I wonder if that amount is a target for …Read More