This post is an example of microfiction. It can give you some inspiration for your own tiny stories once I launch the Finance Your Fire #microfiction writing challenge on my blog. At the time of writing this post I haven't launched the challenge just yet, but stay tuned. If I deem there is sufficient interest I'll … Continue reading Flood #microfiction
It's Easter. And because I had a some personal time off (PTO) days to burn, I decided to unplug and recharge for two full weeks. And that's not all. In May - after only three weeks back at the office - I will have another two weeks to relax. This is before my three week … Continue reading Life after FIRE: Practice Makes Perfect
I do it all the time. Here on my blog. Go over all the numbers and charts related to my journey to FIRE I mean. Every month, one portfolio update after another. I often think it must be dreadfully boring to read them. Who cares whether my net worth is 1% up or down or … Continue reading The Power Of Stories
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Or in German: "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker" (Nietzsche wrote this in 1888). Don't worry, this is not going to be a long and boring philosophical dissertation. On the contrary, I want to tell you a true story. A story about one of the most embarrassing … Continue reading What Doesn’t Kill You…
La dolce far niente; Italian for "the sweetness of doing nothing". In our modern, supersaturated and connected world many people are freaked out by the mere thought of doing nothing, of having no particular business or activity they can engage in. They rather throw themselves off a bridge or get drunk or subject themselves to electric … Continue reading La Dolce Far Niente
What do you do if you aspire financial independence and early retirement and have a little time to spare? Do you go out to catch some rays? Or meet friends in town for a beer or two? Or will you just sit back and relax and feel fabulous because you know you're on your way … Continue reading FIRE! The Ultimate Charts
It's miserable outside. A full-blown storm rages. Howling winds and the sound of rain lashing against the windows. I turn back to my computer screen. It's not only chaos in a meteorological sense. The markets are also in turmoil. Trump, Brexit, trade wars, interest rates and the economic slowdown are taking its toll and have … Continue reading Drunk Reflections In The Eye Of The (Financial) Storm
Lifestyle inflation is the increase in spending when your income goes up. For example each time you get a raise. It is extremely tempting to start spending more if you have more. You can go out more often, travel more, upgrade your hotel room, get that even flatter flat-screen and exchange your old, but functional, … Continue reading Lifestyle Inflation
Today I sail to work. I live on the waterfront and my office is also on the waterfront, just a few miles from my home. I can walk, bike, drive, sail, canoe or even swim to work. Today I decided to sail with the yellow water taxi, a service run by the municipality. It takes … Continue reading 20 Minutes To Financial Independence
Some of my fondest childhood memories are when my brother and I went on adventures and got lost. Not 'I can't find my way home' lost, but lost in the moment, lost in our imaginations. During summer time. It was when we imagined we were soldiers or pirates or space travelers. When we went exploring … Continue reading A Guide To Getting Lost
I've been thinking. I do that sometimes. A little personal thought experiment. Loosely inspired by TheSavingNinja's thought experiments. What if I'd kill my financially independence and early retirement aspirations? Stop investing actively, stop trying to squeeze an ever higher savings rate out of my income? Throw the Excel files with all the numbers, projections and … Continue reading Financial Independence: Flirting With The Wrong Girl?
FI blogger SavingNinja asked a the question we've all been asking - or been asked - before. What would you do if you got a million? What's new about it? He asked fellow FI bloggers to dedicate a post to it. With their right brain. That means without too much thinking, editing, censuring (which are … Continue reading What Would You Do If You Got Given £1 Million?