(Or: Why I Sent Out My Wedding Thank You Notes 7 Months Late)

Note: This post originally appeared on The Big Today.

We all do it.

You’re sitting in traffic, or at your desk, or in bed trying to fall asleep, and you’re daydreaming about what life will be like once you finally have the time to do all those things you’ve been putting off because you’re just too “busy/tired/focused on getting that promotion right now.”

Once you’ve made the money you need to retire early you’ll finally be able to get organized, and be the person who remembers everyone’s birthday and sends them a nice card while also keeping a perfectly spotless house and starting that entrepreneurial passion project you’ve been thinking about and getting in shape and remembering to call your grandmother. …

Note: This post originally appeared on The Big Today.

(Or: “Look Mom and Dad, I’m Not a TOTAL Lazy Bum!”)

It’s been a little over a year since I last received a paycheck.

I’ve already written a bit about what the first three months of early retirement “feels like.”

And I also wrote about what I considered my purpose in life without a job to give me direction.

But, now that I have a full year of early retirement under my belt, I figured this would be a good opportunity to answer that all-important question any 32 year-old who announces they’re “early retired”…

Note: This post originally appeared on The Big Today.

They say it’s not enough to retire from something, you need to retire to something.

Examples abound of people in the early retirement community finding out that early retirement didn’t, by itself, make them happy.

If you’re too focused on leaving the rat race behind that you fail to think about what comes next, you’re going to have a hard time in retirement.

I took this admonishment seriously before I retired at 31 and I spent a lot of time imagining what I would do with my time once I no longer had to work for eight+ hours a day. …


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