Working (A LOT) Less After Reaching Coast FI

Soon after his daughter was born, Anders learned about Coast FI. Upon calculating his number and realizing he'd already reached it, he decided to work less. He quit his job and starting working part-time as a freelance writer and seasonally as a tax preparer. He now feel like he has the benefits of the FI lifestyle without waiting to retire early.

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Financial Independence in a HCOL Area

Living in a high cost of living area or urban environment can be very expensive. But it does not have to be. If you are intentional, you can enjoy all of the perks of the great location without sacrificing your long-term aspirations. We’re on our way to achieving financial independence and our location has actually played a big part in that. We believe that living in a high cost of living area has actually allowed us to fast track our journey to FI.

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Becoming an Entrepreneur to Travel South for the Winter as a “Snowbird”

About 10 years ago, Kari came across the term "lifestyle entrepreneurship," which referred to building a business that provided the flexibility to live the life you want. Kari's dream was to be location independent so she could be a snowbird in the winter. It took time to put this lifestyle in place, but she took her first snowbird excursion in February of 2021.

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To Design Your Best Life, Start With Your Ideal Day

It's important that we not only focus on our big vision for the future. Why? Because, even if we achieve it, our daily lives still won't be full of joy and fulfillment. We'll still be living for the next big milestone or adventure.

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You Are Not Your Job: How to Reclaim Your Identity

One huge reason we don't make changes to improve our lives is that our work is such a large part of our identities. When we don't have a robust identity outside of work, it can keep us stuck. Learn how to disentangle your identity from your work.

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The Power of Self-Reflection: 35 Life Lessons I Learned by 35

Earlier this month, I turned thirty-five! It felt like a really big milestone, so I decided to reflect back on what I've learned in my 35 years on earth. After reflecting, I decided to dig deeper and learn more about the value of reflective practice in our lives.

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How to Travel as Much as You Want Without Retiring Early

Many years ago, Corey and I set a goal of traveling to 100 countries. But, working full-time put a damper on our travel goals. How would we ever travel to 100 countries if we only had 3 week of vacation each year? So, we started to pursue FI. If we retired early, we could travel as much as we wanted. Over time, we've learned that there are many other options, besides early retirement, that would give us location independence.

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Can I Take a Slow FI Path and Still Retire Early?

This Slow FI interview with Chrissy is unique because she BOTH took a Slow FI path AND retired early. Slow FI and early retirement are not mutually exclusive. In this interview, Chrissy shares how she made intentional decisions to optimize her finances and improve her life.

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Health is as Important as Time and Money: Why I Decided to Have Surgery

I recently decided to have surgery on my foot after living with pain for FOUR years. I've tried every conservative approach, and now I'm ready to take the next step. Why? Because my health is just as important as time or money.

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What is a Mastermind? (And Why Do I Need One?)

Mastermind groups are peer-to-peer support groups that help you move further and faster toward your goals while having more fun in the process. Mastermind groups aren't just for entrepreneurs. Everyone who has goals could benefit from participating in a mastermind group.

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Leveraging Coast FI to Move to Your Dream Location

In 2021, the pandemic gave Raina and her family and unexpected opportunity. Because her husband could work from home, they decided to experiment with living in their dream location for 6 months. After this experiment, they knew that moving there was worth upending their lives.

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Our Plan to Financial Independence

Our plan to reach FI is not to deprive ourselves to build up a nest egg so that we can relax later. We are not looking to not work or sit on a beach for 50-60 years. Instead, this journey is about lifestyle design, freedom, flexibility and security. We plan to take very intentional actions so that we can adjust our lifestyle along the way. Here's a detailed look at what our plan currently looks like 4 years into our journey.

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I Deserve to Thrive: Baggage I Needed to Unpack Before I Could Believe It

My writing class prompted me to reflect on this question, "What is the biggest obstacle you've ever faced?" My first thought was the severe anxiety I experienced in 2018. Upon reflection, I realized that this was only one part of an even bigger obstacle: that I didn't believe I deserved to be happy.

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Saving Too Much for Retirement Won’t Make You Happy

Within the FIRE movement, people too often treat FI and saving as a cheap stand-in for happiness. People consistently think, “If I only get to the next milestone, then I will be happy.” Today, I’m bringing you a Slow FI interview with Laura about how her family decided to question this approach.

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