Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. This blog is completely dedicated to my obsessions with personal finance, financial independence, frugality, and leading a more ethical lifestyle.

My Background

I started looking into FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) when I took a leave of absence from my job to support a family member who was in a work-related accident. I was working as a nanny at the time, and I didn’t have any sort of budget or plan for my money. The stress caused by the whole ordeal — i.e. my dwindling emergency fund and the job insecurity — made me think, “There has to be a better way.”

After returning home, I taught myself web development so I’d have a career that I could do from anywhere. Although I’m working on-site with an agency, I know that — if I needed to — I could work from absolutely anywhere.

My Why

So now my sights are set on working toward financial independence and early retirement. Why? Here are a few reasons:

  1. The 40-hour work week is draining. I don’t want to have to trade 40+ hours worth of my time, inspiration, and creativity every week, when it leaves me too tired to accomplish anything else.
  2. I don’t want to have to put my family and friends second. If I’m too tired or busy to nurture and cultivate relationships with the people in my life, I’m doing something wrong. Life’s too short. I don’t want to regret missing out on relationships because I was too busy trying to scrape by.
  3. I want to be able to travel with my family. My parents are getting older, but they have so many more places they want to see. And my boyfriend and our pups love taking road trips to new places. But with opposite work schedules, it just doesn’t happen enough. I want to have the time and extra funds to make this happen.

Follow Along With Me

Full disclaimer: I’m just an average middle-class gal with a too-long commute to my hourly tech job. I’m not bringing in a 6-figure salary (…yet?). I may be an outlier in the FIRE community because I’m not willing to compromise on my desire to end the work day at 5 PM. No late nights at the office breaking my back in the name of corporate profit, thank you very much. Despite these interesting constraints, I’m hell-bent on achieving financial independence on my own terms. I hope you’ll follow along with my journey to escape the rat race.