I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

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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

2 simple rules that jump-start your productivity

Have you ever had those days where you just don’t have the energy or concentration to get done what you know you need to get done?

I sometimes find myself gravitating toward distraction or busywork — the simple things that maybe need to get done, but aren’t the top thing requiring my attention. It’s frustrating to feel like the inertia of inaction is keeping you from getting stuff done.

I recently learned two tricks that have been really helpful in the short time I’ve been using them. Hopefully they can work for you, too. Continue reading

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