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Achieving Financial Independence Through Corporate Employment

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Stop Ironing Shirts: Two Year Anniversary

October 9th marked the two year anniversary of Stop Ironing Shirts. This site was founded after I lurked in the financial community for years, posting on the Clark Howard message boards for years then eventually finding my way over to the MMM forums. In early 2017 I started discovering the number and diversity of financial independence blogs out there - This plus a little help from early interviews on the ChooseFI podcast sent me diving into content consumption. Health circumstances…

Reflections Five Months Into Early Retirement

September 17th marked six months since I gave my early retirement notice and five months since I turned in my keys, laptop, and exited my employer for the last time. The first three months were chaotic between departing work and various boards, dealing with a rough home sale, and moving nearly 1000 miles. Now the pace of life is slowing down and we're settling into our new lifestyle. So what are some thoughts five months out from leaving my career?…

Reflections Four Months Into Early Retirement

This past week marked four months since I walked out of the office for the last time.   Since that day, we've accomplished a celebratory trip, picked our first destination to live in early retirement, sold a house, moved, and are settling into a new routine without work.  This has given me time to enjoy a slower pace of life reflect on my time working.  So what does this look like four months into early retirement? Burnout is a thing: I…

Geographic Arbitrage Update

This week marks four months since I gave my early retirement notice to my job/career after sixteen years with the same company.  Substantially all of our time since then has been focused on geographic arbitrage - moving out of the high cost bigger city into an area with lower costs and a better fit for our lifestyle. So where did we end up? I'm not ready to post our GPS coordinates, but we ended up near the coast in the…

Reflections Two Months into Early Retirement

This past Friday marked two months into my early retirement. I can’t believe its only been two months, the amount of time that has appeared into live now that a 40-50hr a week job isn’t consuming most of my waking hours is incredible.  Thus far we’ve done one full leisure trip and are on our second housing hunting trip trying to finalize our next destination. So what are my thoughts two months out in early retirement? Related Content: I Retired…

I Gave My Early Retirement Notice….and Live Tweeted It

I turned in my early retirement notice and live tweeted it!  Background I've always wanted to be financially independent. Late in my teenage years I figured out that having money is better than not having money.  In my early finance classes, I would run some compound interest caluclators in college and figure out how much I needed to save so I could retire by 40.  We were pretty frugal in our 20s and income accelerated in our early 30s, which…

Communicating an Early Retirement

I created an interesting social experiment this past Monday at work. I went and disclosed to my boss on Friday that I would be quitting on Monday and not only quitting, but turning in a retirement notice. He's only a few years older than me and we debated if we should or should not use the term retirement. Some people would appreciate it while others may not. I had debated this earlier and even posted the following poll on Twitter.…

Retired at 36

Its done.... The news was shared with the boss and my retirement notice is out and beginning to circulate. This is something many people talk and dream about doing, but few actually go through with it. This dream just became reality and I'm absorbing it all. The next week or two will be chaotic but its both thrilling and a relief to have this out in the open. I'll get back to posting soon. Cheers!

Early Retirement & Frequently Asked Questions

March 2019 is going to be a busy month!  We are two weeks away from the news being out about the change.   I'll be posting more often to chronicle the recent adventures leading up to exiting my employment. I wanted to begin this series with a Frequently Asked Questions, inspired by someone who just went through leaving his job forever (thank you Steve). Who is your blog's target audience / who do you most relate to? Everyone's story is unique. …

Credit Card Rewards – An Easy $2,200/Year

Introduction to Rewards Credit Cards I first stumbled across travel rewards while in college.  I had little bit of credit and was able to apply for and get a Hilton Honors points credit card.   Earn a free hotel night or two to supplement a trip?  Sign me up!  Over the course of the next ten years we would earn a few free nights a year.  Eventually we added the Hilton Amex and has a brief run with manufactured spending (thanks…

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