Back From Vacation – Thinking of Early Retirement


As some of my regular commenters noticed – I’ve been slow to approve and respond to comments the last couple of weeks. I was on vacation for 10 days and made a conscious effort to unplug from the majority of my email, so I’m sorry if any of you felt neglected! After getting up at 5:30 am local time on Saturday, a 9+ hour flight (crossing 6 timezones), and dealing with everything else that goes along with international travel – it goes without saying that I’m pretty tired!

As I’m tired but I want to leave you with something to think about today, I’m going to direct your attention to the most recent article over at Mr. Money Mustache, or MMM for short. I’ve talked about MMM articles previously, but if you’re not a regular reader of his articles, you should definitely start. The article I link to above talks about all the excuses and crap people give him for the life he leads in “early retirement”. He uses it as an opportunity to talk about his viewpoints – and point out how stupid most of his critics’ arguments are at the same time.

If you’re even remotely considering early retirement or financial independence in general, then you should be reading what MMM is putting out. The thoughts and ideas he has will make you go “oh crap, why didn’t I think of that”, and then run off and put something into action. His no-nonsense style will make you laugh out loud…but mostly at yourself and how stupid you’ve probably been (I do it all the time) – just make sure you aren’t offended by occasional frequent cursing! For me, I want to become financially independent so that I can choose when and how I work. If that means continuing with a full time job – then that’s great. If that means working part time down at Starbucks – then that works too. If it means kicking back and doing whatever I want all day everyday – that could also be in the cards, but it probably isn’t. I don’t want to retire early just so I can do nothing – I want to become financially independent and retire early so I have the option of doing anything – without fear.

Are you thinking about early retirement? If so, what will you do with your time? Are you a fan of MMM? Let me know!



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Jon M May 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

I had always heard of MMM but never checked out his stuff until his Washington Post interview went huge over the weekend. I was hooked when he hit me right in my wallet. He commented about the stupidity of driving an F150 to the office…exactly what I had done that day. He’s got some amazing thoughts.

Reply May 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Haha, it’s crazy how personal some of his stuff can get!! I went through and read every one of his articles a few months ago – definitely worthwhile!


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