So why did I decide to set up shop in this little corner of the internet to talk finance?
I love to write. In fact, I’ve maintained a private personal blog for over 10 years.
Finance is my thing. Budgeting, investing, optimizing taxes…I love to break out a spreadsheet and go to town with this stuff. It’s easy to forget that a lot of people don’t have the interest in these topics or they find it to be overwhelming. If I can provide content that is helpful to just a few people, I will be happy.
Community. Over the course of the past year I’ve started to immerse myself in the online FIRE community and man…some of these bloggers are just killing it. I want to interact more with this community and continue to learn from what other bloggers have to offer.
Focus and clarity. I’ve always paid attention to my financial situation and have generally made good decisions. But having a child at the beginning of this year really put things into perspective. There is only so much time we are going to have with her living at home. I don’t want to spend the next 17+ years slaving away in a cubicle, working for someone else, doing something that doesn’t provide fulfillment, when instead I could be spending more time with my daughter and spouse.
Reading and listening to podcasts about financial independence this year has kept me motivated to be more intentional with how we spend our money. We probably won’t reach true “financial independence” in the next 5 or 10 years. But I do know that the less we spend, the more we can save and invest, which does provide FREEDOM and OPTIONS to make different choices about how we work in the future.