My last day of work was 4/13. I’ve been done now for six months. That went by fast.
I have a lot to say about it, but I’ll save my words for next week. Today is picture time!
I LOVE pictures. Now that phone cameras are so great, I find myself whipping it out (My phone! Get your mind out of the gutter.) constantly. In this post, I’ll show you what I’ve been doing with my freedom.
Six Months of Financial Independence in Pictures
I bought a silly car. This is a temporary experiment to see if owning the object of my teen dreams will bring me happiness:
At the end of May, we embarked on a road trip that took us through Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
One of the highlights of the trip was visiting with the Physician on FIRE and his incredible brewing operation:
In June, I took the girls up to Rocky Mountain National Park.
At the end of July, we hit the road again. This time, our travels took us to Maine:
And New York City:
Older daughter won a trophy for best design for her pinewood derby hippo car:
Next week, we head off to FinCon (you should come too!). The dinosaurs are all packed:
As much as I liked all of the travel and activity, next year we’re going to calm it down. Nothing wrong with staying around town.
Work Hard, Play Hard
OK, so I promised pictures, but you didn’t think you’d be able to get through this post without some textual nonsense, did you?
I’m finally beginning to find my groove in financial independence. I felt a little lost after I left my job, but now, I’ve found balance. And my idea of balance has absolutely nothing to do with sitting still. I’m playing and working harder than I ever have in my life:
- Exercise: I walked 10 miles last Monday. I ran 6 miles last Wednesday. On Sunday, ran a 5K in 28 minutes (my first in under 30 minutes). I try to walk at least 20,000 steps every day.
- Learning and beering: In September, I spent 3 weeks hanging out with friends at PopUp and Startup Week. We learned a ton, but there was no shortage of beer either.
- More exercise: I weighed in at 156 this week (I was 173 in August). I haven’t been this light since college. It feels ****ING wonderful.
- Work: I’m working harder than ever on a new business. I’m so thrilled to be writing code (Ruby on Rails) again. More on that soon.
I’m loving this new balance. I work hard for short spurts. Then I’m vacation for 3 weeks. On some days, I wake up and hike Longs Peak. Last night, I found myself writing Rails code at 11pm.
Life isn’t boring and that’s just how I like it.
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