• Random Thoughts Chasing FIRE

    Random Thoughts – 1st Edition

    There’s a lot going through my head right now, so here are some of those random thoughts floating around. 1. My post on Flexible FIRE was a Rockstar Finance “Noteworthy article” on Thursday, November 29th. This helped produce the largest single traffic day on the blog to-date with 154 pageviews. Hard not to be excited about getting picked up by Rockstar Finance already! Update: Shortly after I published this post, Chasing FIRE was also featured on Camp FIRE Finance! Exciting things going on around here 🙂 2. This Work or Attend College article did a good job of making you think twice about the whole high-school-straight-to-college path that most people…

  • Republic Wireless

    Republic Wireless Review: Over 4 Years In

    If you are striving for Traditional FIRE or Flexible FIRE, a key ingredient to your long-term success is increasing the gap between monthly income and expenses. The bigger that gap is the more money you have available to pay off debt and invest. One easy and pain-free way I’ve found to do this involved switching to Republic Wireless over four years ago. What Is Republic Wireless? Republic Wireless is a cell provider that focuses on the customer experience and puts you in control of your own bill. Their coverage is fantastic, in part because they are able to harness the power of TWO national cell tower networks (Sprint & T-Mobile)…

  • Flexible FIRE Ideal Day

    Flexible FIRE Follow-Up: Your Ideal Day

    As a follow-up to my most popular post to-date, I want to dig in a bit deeper with another dreaming exercise: Your ideal day. Flexible FIRE is all about having choices and creating the life you want to live right now…well ahead of the the traditional FIRE timeline (20+ years in most cases). In both instances though (Flexible and traditional), it is helpful to picture what your ideal day may look like before you get there so you don’t arrive and risk feeling lost. Ideal Day This is where you get to dream big my friends and create the ideal day for yourself. Really envision what a day would look…

  • Chasing FIRE: 30 Days In

    Chasing FIRE: 30 Days In

    Well, that flew by! Just like that, Chasing FIRE has been live on the internet for 30 days. It has been a rewarding 30 days and I’m certainly looking forward to see how this blogging journey evolves. For those interested, here is a snapshot of pageviews by day (obviously not publishing new content at the same rate as I started out, gotta work on that!): I didn’t know what to expect heading into this regarding visitors to the site. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised by 845 pageviews in the first month – seems like it could be a good sign of things to come. And if I’m being honest,…

  • Flexible FIRE

    Flexible FIRE

    Although typical FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) gets all the attention and accolades these days across the interwebs, its lesser known relative Flexible FIRE deserves a serious look as well. As I mentioned in a previous post, typical FIRE consists of creating an investment portfolio that is large enough to sustain your level of spending forever (simple calculation is 25x your annual spending). This usually means spending a good chunk of your life earning/saving to reach that milestone – going to a job, that statistically, you probably don’t enjoy 100% of the time – before finally pursuing your dreams. It involves limited free time and dedicated hobbies, putting them off until…

  • Playing with FIRE Documentary

    There is a new documentary coming out in early 2019 called Playing with FIRE and I can’t wait to check it out! It features some heavy hitters in the FIRE movement (including many on my Resources page) and I have a feeling it will change some lives in the process…especially for those that haven’t stumbled across this movement in blog form yet 🙂 So without any further delay, here is the trailer for Playing with FIRE: I can’t find an exact release date but will be sure to update you when one is announced. For a little more information regarding the documentary click here. This trailer gets me excited for…

  • Initial Financial Update

    Today I start sharing my family’s progress towards Financial Independence (FI). I envision this being a quarterly update going forward (so the next one will be in January), but I wanted to get the first one out there now as a way to set the stage for things to come. As you will notice, I am not going to use our actual numbers. Instead, I will be using percentages to illustrate my family’s progress. The main reason for using percentages instead of actual numbers is this: it’s really not that important what the number is! It’s called personal finance for a reason…because it’s personal! Everyone’s number/goal will be different and…