Each week, I publish a list of the best articles I’ve come across. These are generally related to personal finance, investing, family, happiness or just leaving the world better than we found it. Enjoy!
One of the more “normal” retirements – too late for some in the FI/RE community, too early for the average worker/professional but just right for him. This is also around the same time I plan to retire, plus/minus a few years that are TBD.
Retirement should not be the goal. What you plan on doing while retired should be the goal. Retirement does not change who you are or what you enjoy, so if you have not discovered those things as of yet you should before your retirement date.
There’s quite a few bloggers out there that make a decent chunk of change and even publish their monthly income reports. That’s really great as they’re transparent which helps build credibility and also motivate other newbie bloggers like me. Unfortunately, what is sometimes forgotten by the readers is that success is not overnight. It takes time and effort, and lots of dark nights one after another before you see the sun peek through the clouds. It’s like everything else in life, but very similar to launching your own software application.
Even when you do becomes successful, it takes work to keep it that way. Trust me, I have no idea how folks who are still working full time manage to churn out three posts/week. I know I struggle to do so.
The real test will come in a few years when we take a year off from retirement to travel around the world. (It’s going to be hard work to “road school” our kid.)… One year is a long time and I’m not sure how traffic will be affected by this change. I guess we’ll see what happens.
A relatively older post, but I just discovered it this last week. As I’ve said before, I’m not very good at writing and always hated the idea of blogging. Gwen’s post applies to everyone, at any stage in their lives. It even applies when I tell my oldest kid that she will get better at her piano lessons the more she practices. Practice makes perfect.
So my message for you, dear reader, is this: Start something new. Today, this week, this month. Just start it. Stick with it. Laugh through the beginner mistakes. Look at what you can actually achieve when you just do it and ignore the messages your brain sends you.
This article deserves a Rockstar Finance feature. Mrs. OurNextLife touches on the simplistic view that you’re either a debt-ridden Jones’ family or a super-frugal living on 1/3 of your take home pay. Okay, I exaggerate but the point I’m trying to make is that most people actually end up in the middle somewhere. This middle is actually a very wide band that is multiple shades of grey. We need to be less judgmental and more welcoming.
And that’s something I wish we all talked about more. About how we can define our purpose in life, whether we wish to retire early or stick with a more conventional path, and then align our life choices around that purpose. That’s what I’d love to see us focus more on, not just railing against the marketing machine and judging those who still consume.
That’s all for this week folks! If you came across any great articles, feel free to leave a link to them in the comments below!