Yearly Review and Goal Setting: 5 Questions to Help You Create Your Ideal Life

In this article, I’ll share five simple questions and some ideas to help you to move towards your ideal life (and not just towards your financial goals). Most Financial Independence enthusiasts have an annual review and goal-setting routine. We check how our investments performed over the last year, calculate our savings rate, review our spending … Read more

26 Alternatives to Early Retirement (that don’t require full FI!)

No matter where you are on the path to financial independence, there are many lifestyle design options you can use to create a better life for yourself and your family. They allow you to improve your life along the path to FI but are also great alternatives to early retirement once you reach your financial … Read more

The Retirement Lie and Its Unintended Consequences

Here is the standard FIRE blueprint: Step 1: Work hard, save, invest and … wait.Step 2: Reach FI, retire and sail into the sunset. We all know that’s not what usually happens (bear with me). Almost everyone (as in 99%+) of people who hit FI in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even early 50s will … Read more

Full-Time Nomadic Travel – Living a Life of Adventure

I’m super excited to share an interview with a couple who decided to sell most of their belongings, quit their jobs and embark on a permanent nomadic travel adventure. I’m sure you’ll find this story inspiring – whether nomadic travel and #vanlife are part of your life vision or not. Jed and his wife Kelly … Read more

Location-Independent Income & Long-Term Travel With Kids

Location-independent income and long-term travel are definitely on the top 10 list of answers I get when I ask people what their plans are for their transition to a FI lifestyle and/or semi-retirement. In today’s interview we hear from Emma, a fellow mum and blogger who recently semi-retired. She is currently travelling Southeast Asia and … Read more

The Best Books on Living an Intentional, Happy Life (Before and After FI!)

When I first started my journey to financial independence, I read every personal finance book I could get my hands on. However, there is only so much to learn about basic money management, FI math and investing. Over time I’ve become much more interested in books on related topics like money mindset, minimalism, life design, … Read more

The Biggest Risk of All

In the personal finance community we often talk about risks. The risk of running out of money in retirement; the risk of picking the wrong investment or getting the timing wrong; sequence of return risk; the risk of losing our job during the accumulation phase; leverage risk – you name it. The perceived level of … Read more

“I Thought I Hated My Job” – With Family Finance

Today’s article is an interview with a fellow Aussie content creator – Leigh from Family Finance. Leigh has been on the path to financial independence for about five years. One of her main motivations for reaching FI was that she thought she hated her job as a teacher. However, she recently had some pretty big … Read more

How to Prepare Financially for a Mini-Retirement or Sabbatical

One of the most common questions people ask me about mini-retirements and sabbaticals is how much to save. Financial planning is an important part of the mini-retirement preparation process. In this article, I’ll walk you through the three steps you should take to ensure your finances are ready for your time away from work. We’ll … Read more

How to Take a Life-Changing Mini-Retirement

Have you considered taking a mini-retirement? Whether you feel burnt out and need some time away from your full-time career, want to travel, start a business, or refocus and plan out your future – a mini-retirement or sabbatical might be an ideal break for you. Mr. Flamingo and I have taken several mini-retirements (some of … Read more