Many of us come to discover the concept of Financial Independence due to dissatisfaction with our work. We might be dreaming about the Retire Early component of FIRE, or we may be yearning to find a way of making a self-directed living aligned with our values. In the meantime, generally our jobs are the primary driver of our journey to FIRE. You can see in my older posts that I’d become frustrated with the job I was in. I’ve discovered over the years that if I don’t believe in what I’m doing, if I don’t see value and benefit, then my commitment drops. Obviously it’s harmful to me, but it’s ... Show Me More!
The post below was also mostly written in November 2018. The furthest Mr. ETT and I had ever moved was 5km from each of our parent’s homes when we got married 2 decades ago. This move to regional NSW happened before COVID – it would be an entirely different story today. Enjoy the trip back in the Enough Time Machine. We’re Moving House (November 2018) In my last post, I spoke about getting a new job. What I didn’t tell you is that it is in country NSW! That’s right – Mr. ETT and I are making a tree change. Why Move? It’s hot, noisy and crowded. Or at least, ... Show Me More!
The post below was written in November 2018. I didn’t get around to posting because I was so busy, and I was feeling guilty about leaving the blog for so long! Enjoy the trip back in the Enough Time Machine. Life’s Been a Whirlwind (November 2018) I almost can’t believe I haven’t posted since June, but life’s been a whirlwind since then, so I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s difficult to know where to start! Let’s dive into what I allowed to take priority over blogging. Volunteer Work Now before this turns into a Frugalwoods controversy, let me make it clear that I do not volunteer for a charity, and the ... Show Me More!
As I said last post, I’ve suddenly “come back” to FIRE due to the nagging feeling we could be doing more. When I say come back, I don’t mean in the monetary sense. We didn’t stop following the plan we laid down before I stopped blogging. The advantage of set and forget into a Vanguard fund is that it takes more effort to stop investing than it does to start. I’m a big sucker for making inertia work for me! What I mean is knowing what is going on in the FIRE world. Who is new? Who is still around? (Miss Balance!) How are they going? Where are they at ... Show Me More!
Well look at that – it’s been three years since I last wrote, and now we’ve returned from our 2021 houseboat board games weekend. We went in 2019, skipped 2020 due to COVID, and this year hired a bigger boat and went with a larger group. For the first year since we’ve been doing this, we had sunshine the entire weekend. Since 2018, Mr ETT and I moved house and began new jobs. While we continued to save for FIRE on auto-pilot, now we are settling back into a routine, I’ve started becoming… uncomfortable? Worried? I don’t really know how to put it, but I know we can be doing ... Show Me More!