I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

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Talking burnout on the What’s Up Next Podcast

Is FI an antidote to career burnout? What causes people to feel like they need a change, and how can they walk away in today’s world?

On the What’s Up Next Podcast, Melissa Blevins, Bill Young, The Happy Philosopher and I talk with Doc G and Paul Thompson about our career pivots and how being financially aware makes it so much easier to make a change.

Check out the episode here.

I’m ending my mini-retirement; what’s next?

I stepped away from my job last April hungry for a change. I was burned out at work, felt less than present at home, and wanted to build a stronger connection in my community.

I said I would be taking a mini-retirement of up to one year. I wasn’t sure how much of that time I would need to work through the things I wanted to dissect and experience the things I wanted to take on.

Today, I can happily say that after nine months, I have clarity of purpose and direction. Continue reading

So long anonymity — I’m featured on CNN Money today

Well, this is a birthday to remember! Not only is today my last day of work before I start my mini-retirement, but I’m also featured in a CNN Money story about it.

Being a source in a major media outlet requires taking off the mask of semi-anonymity I’ve been wearing since starting I Dream of FIRE in June. Since the main reason I went that route was to keep my blog separate from my work identity — and my mini-retirement makes that unnecessary — I guess that means I’m going public. Continue reading

What it’s like when people find out you’re going ‘nowhere’

Reactions have been interesting since I announced my intention to take a mini-retirement.

I’ve heard from so many people who have done just what I plan to do. Most of them describe it as a pivotal experience of their lives — a time when their vision of what they wanted out of life crystallized in ways they hadn’t anticipated when it began.

I want to soak up as many lessons as I can from everyone who tells me about these experiences.

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Big announcement: I’m quitting my job to take a mini-retirement

In just five weeks, on my 38th birthday, I will walk away from a job paying close to six figures to start a mini-retirement that could last as long as a year.

Wow, is that a scary and exhilarating sentence to type. Continue reading

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