I quit the 9-5 drudgery for a new life on my terms!
A few weeks ago started a very new chapter in life – one not beholden to a particular schedule, commute, office, or even a clock-watching manager! After years of minimizing our stuff, significantly lowering our expenses, paying off debt completely, shoring up retirement accounts, and watching our net worth grow – I’ve decided to pull the plug on my 9-5 career as I’ve come to know it the last 20 years. Unless a too good to pass up opportunity shows up – I don’t plan on working as a W-2 employee again for a very long time – if not forever.
It’s been an interesting couple years of moving across the country, starting over in a lot of ways, and taking risks. It’s also been eye-opening on finding out what actually matters in life – namely happiness and health – and unfortunately the baggage and stress of an unfulfilling office job was not conducive to those non-negotiable things.
The plan going forward is to spend the next year or so to read, write, travel, and learn. And being 41 years old – there’s a big future still ahead of how to optimize for that happiness and health.
I plan on documenting my journey into this FI/RE (financial independence / retire early) lifestyle and writing about money, finance strategy, minimalism, adventures, new hobbies, and my health after this T1D diagnosis. I plan on keeping my current side hustles and trying new ideas of passive income to live a laptop lifestyle. Will I stop working? No way! But it will be on my terms.
Make no mistake – this was well-thought, planned, and I’m ready to get started. When you live life only for the future – you run out of future faster.