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Calling In Sick

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Hey Everyone, I’m calling in sick today… This is ridiculous, how did I catch a cold in the middle of summer? We just got back from visiting Mrs. RB40’s family in the Southern California desert. I felt fine for a couple of days, but started to have a scratchy throat and stuffy nose. At first, […] Read More

About the author: Joe left his engineering career behind to become a stay at home dad/blogger at 38. Read how and why he did it on the About Page .

Preparing For Our Around The World Trip

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It’s been 5 years since I retired early and it’s time to plan for my next big project. That’s to take a year off to travel around the world. This trip is a few years away so we’re not in a huge rush. However, I’ve been thinking about it quite often so I might as […] Read More

5 Years After Early Retirement Update

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Woohoo! It’s been 5 years after I retired early and I still love it. In fact, this past 12 months has been the best year of early retirement yet. Ahhh… early retirement really is like fine wine, it gets better with time. Granted, I had a lot of help and everything came together very nicely. […] Read More

June 2017 Goals and Financial Update

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The year is more than half over! I hope you’re enjoying summer as much as I am. RB40Jr is out of school and we’ve been doing fun activities around town. I never go out to lunch when I’m alone, but it’s nice to go try something new from a food cart with a tasting partner. […] Read More

Happiness loves company, too: an FI/ER parable

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[We're in the California Deserts this week to visit Mrs. RB40's families. Summer isn't the best time to visit the deserts (so hot!), but we got some family stuff to take care of. We'll just have to get things done in the morning and hang out at the pool in the afternoon. The Joshua Tree National […] Read More

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I hope you had a great 4th of July. Independence Day is my favorite holiday of the year and we enjoyed it thoroughly. For the holiday weekend, we took it easy and didn’t do too much. The Blues Festival was held only a few blocks away and great music wafted through our open windows for […] Read More

Declare Your Financial Independence Day

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Woohoo! It’s Independence Day, my favorite holiday of the year. Life is good and it’s easy to take freedom for granted sometimes. I am very grateful that we live in a country where we’re free to do almost anything we want (within reason). The US has its share of problems, but they are relatively minor […] Read More

10 Best Songs to Get You Fired Up About FIRE!

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Ahhh… The long days of summer are here. I love this time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. The day starts to get brighter at 5 am and the sun sets around 9 pm. The weather is perfect with a 76 degree Fahrenheit high today. There are a ton of fun activities to do […] Read More