FIRE.121 Mojo Phase

BOOM— like you’re shot out of a cannon—you’re flying, off into your retirement.  After the initial shock (think retirement party confetti/smoke) you realize you’re flying above the ground, arms flailing, no safety net, you are all on your own.  That’s SCARY…at first. That was a strange analogy that jumped from my keyboard, I have no …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

FIRE.119 Resolutions, Revelations, Goals

Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t seen a bunch of articles on New Year’s Resolutions this year.  I have to wonder if that’s because people aren’t writing about goals this year, or if they’re still working on one of the bigger goals in their lifetime—to survive 2020 with some sanity and positivity.  Maybe the …Read More

FIRE.118 Am I Rich, Really? (time)

Last time I left a brain dump on the interweb I wrote about the majestic feeling of being Rich, in Time. I want to revisit that thought and post.  I was quite naive, to say the least. I based the thought/post on the sleeping vs work timeline.  The ability to shift daily time around to …Read More

FIRE.117 I’m Rich…in Time

There is one impossibly strong force that bounds all of us and it’s not gravity, it’s time. No matter who you are you have limited time! I just realized my shift in thinking this morning on my “commute” (sitting in my spa).  I had previously considered health to be the most important factor in life.  …Read More

FIRE.116 “Cute” = $$$

I didn’t notice the definition of “cute” in the masculine handbook.  Maybe it was because the man handbook doesn’t even include the word “cute.”  Come to think of it, I don’t EVER recall walking around and saying “that’s cute.”  Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever thought that either.  Yes, I know, in this day and …Read More

FIRE.115 Hedonic Treadmill Thoughts

I heard a sociologist on the Crazy Money podcast talking about the Hedonic Treadmill.  They discussed the treadmill for a little while and it all seemed quite normal for any of us in the FIRE—or even Financially Responsible—community.  Hmmm, I wonder if I just created a new community—a Financially Responsible community of not purchasing anything …Read More

FIRE.114 COVID: Retirement Test Drive?

Most FIRE bloggers and journalists (me included—the former) spent the past few months sharing the opportunity we had to improve our lives and the environment with major opportunities to use the quarantine/lockdown to make ourselves so much better. Then I noticed a lot of writings about how the people working from home have newly-found flexible …Read More