It has been almost two months since we reached Flamingo FI and completed Project 1000. I would like to thank everyone for your messages and support, it really means a lot! As you might have noticed things have gone a bit on the quiet side on the blog. I am aware that some of you are eagerly awaiting an update on our plan now that we have reached our goal and are transitioning into phase 2 of our approach to FIRE: Semi-Retirement.
What we are up to now
I already hinted at the fact that we were expecting a major life change and that things will be super busy for us in the foreseeable future. The reason for that isn’t some crazy new venture though. I’m excited to announce that we welcomed Baby Flamingo number 2 a little while ago – just a few days after we reached Flamingo FI to be exact! 🙂 Talk about perfect timing!
As you can imagine we have our hands full at the moment. We have officially entered the “2 under 2” club. So far it has been exhausting but also wonderful and exciting at the same time. There really isn’t anything like bringing a new person into the world.
Thanks to Flamingo FI we have a lot less pressure to earn a lot of money now, so we decided to both take a few months off to properly embrace this special time. After that Mr. Flamingo will go back to work for now and I will be on maternity leave for an extended period of time. I have no intentions to go back to my old job (at least not full time), but it’s nice to have the option with everything that is going on in the world right now. We have a lot of ideas about what we might want to do and where we want to live moving forward. A lot of that depends on borders opening, so we have decided to stay put for now and enjoy our new life as a family of 4.
One thing I noticed as soon as we reached Flamingo FI is that money is not really something I think about a lot anymore. I have not looked at our portfolio since we reached our goal and I think that’s a very good thing. I remember checking our spreadsheets obsessively in the early stages of our accumulation phase and I really enjoy this new freedom. As I mentioned in our last post I will publish an update every quarter from now on so that those who have followed our journey can see our progress over time. I hope it helps people who are still in their accumulation phase stay the course.
What’s next for the blog
Apart from these quarterly updates, I will focus my future posts on things other than money. Over the last year or so I have received quite a lot of reader questions about how having a child impacted our FIRE plans. And now that we have not just one but two kids I feel I have a lot to say about this topic. So the theme around the blog will be a lot more “Mummy Flamingo” and less “Money Flamingo” moving forward. Expect some posts about having a family, how it changes things financially and what it means for people who want to reach FIRE. I will also write about semi-retirement and how we implement stage 2 of our plan in practice.
I am planning to publish an update to Our Plan sometime soon now that we have officially entered stage 2. But for now, I will focus on soaking up this precious time with my family and enjoy the summer by the beach! 🙂
See you back here soon!