2016 and the Last 10 Years in Review -Money Fun During the Final Stages of the Journey to Financial Independence

This post will cover both our 2016 progress as well as a look at the last 10 years from a financial perspective.  I started tracking data more carefully 10 years ago so this is a perfect time to do a decade in review.  Our total financial journey has really been 15 years since graduating and starting work but I’ll focus on the last decade where I measured things more carefully.  A key point of this post, in order to help inspire those that are early in their financial independence (FI) journey, is to show the magic of what happens near the end of a many-year journey of saving aggressively and investing.  At the final stages of “accumulation” is where your net worth increases a lot each year.  It’s a fun place to be and is the reward for saving a high percentage of income over time and investing it in appreciating assets. Continue reading “2016 and the Last 10 Years in Review -Money Fun During the Final Stages of the Journey to Financial Independence”

For those that wonder if financial independence is really a good goal

The vast majority of people inherently feel that financial independence would be awesome.  And I’d have to agree.  We’ve covered some of the reasons already in Why You Should Pursue Financial Independence.  However, the rub is that it takes a lot of effort, focus, and time to actually achieve.  Since very few people actually become financially independent, it means that Continue reading “For those that wonder if financial independence is really a good goal”