Challenges in a Post-FIRE Life

Since reaching semi-retirement in 2018 and actual financial independence in 2019, life has been a whirlwind! In the past two years, Whitney and I have traveled to over 30 countries, spending about 9 of the last 24 months in total traveling internationally. We are actually supposed to be traveling through South and Central America for … Continue reading Challenges in a Post-FIRE Life

Determining True Effective Tax Rate Based on Income Level

Oh, Hello There! It's been quite a while since I've written a good finance related article! Part of this has been due to running short on ideas of things to write about, but primarily it's been due to a lack of motivation. Since reaching my FIRE goal net worth last year, I just haven't been … Continue reading Determining True Effective Tax Rate Based on Income Level

Live Interview with Chris Mamula: Co-Author of the New ChooseFI Book

In November, I had the pleasure of sitting down with physical therapist and early retiree Chris Mamula for a "Facebook Live" interview on the FifthWheelPT Facebook page. Chris is co-author of the new book, ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence, the primary writer on CanIRetireYet.com, and the author of a really great guest post on … Continue reading Live Interview with Chris Mamula: Co-Author of the New ChooseFI Book

Lessons Learned and Results From a Full Year of Tracking Expenses

Taking the Hypothetical Plunge I've mentioned many times in my monthly financial independence updates that for 2019 I decided to track all of my expenses for the entire year. Although quite arduous at times, this was a great experience for me and gave me insight on my actual spending and where my money goes each … Continue reading Lessons Learned and Results From a Full Year of Tracking Expenses

Current Asset Allocation: November 2019

It has been almost 2 years since I last updated and wrote about my asset allocation. I've done a surprisingly terrible job monitoring changes and rebalancing my assets over the years. I'm not sure why that is exactly, but it's certainly something I'll be changing now that I've reached my financial independence goal and am … Continue reading Current Asset Allocation: November 2019

Financial Independence Update- December 2019

December was a fairly laid back month despite the holidays. Whitney had a couple extra days off from her Travel PT assignment due to the clinic being closed for Christmas and closing early on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. I spent a lot of time in December in the gym and was rewarded with … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- December 2019

Financial Independence Update- November 2019

In November Whitney started her new travel PT contract in Goldsboro, NC, and we moved back into the fifth wheel! After several repairs over the past year, the camper is in good working order now, and since it's just been sitting in storage, we decided to check out campground options in Goldsboro. We lucked out … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- November 2019

Financial Independence Update- October 2019

In October we were able to enjoy some much needed downtime at home in Virginia. After embarking on a 3 week cross-country road trip only days after getting back in the country from a 15 week international trip in Europe, we were more than ready for a break. We were able to spend some time … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- October 2019

Financial Independence Update- September 2019

September was another really busy month, but that's about par for the course for us these days. After getting back from Europe at the end of August, we had only a few days to visit with family before setting out on a cross country road trip. We'd never driven across the country before, so we … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- September 2019