5 Steps to Greater Happiness… Beginning Today

We all want to be happy. But why is something so universally sought after so difficult to obtain? In one word: Distractions. Too often we allow others to dictate how we live our lives. As a result, we are not actively pursuing happiness. Since I discovered Financial Independence four years ago, I realized that FIRE …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 2: Learn

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. This blog series aims to help you tackle the fear of investing, move past it, and take action to start your FIRE journey in as little as two weeks! Welcome back! Apologies for the delay. I had intended to post one step per week …

Limited Time: Watch the ‘Playing with FIRE’ Documentary for Free

Are you curious about the Financial Independence movement? Do you wish there was a way out of the rat race? This film provides hope. Released in 2019, it offers viewers a way out... freedom to build a life around the things you value rather than being trapped in the endless pursuit money to make ends …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 1: Think

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. This blog series aims to help you tackle the fear of investing, move past it, and take action to start your FIRE journey in as little as two weeks! Last week, in the first post of this series, the Introduction, we defined FIRE, discussed …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Introduction: What Is FIRE?

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. [TL;DR for post series: Getting started in FIRE and investing is easy, even if you are not a U.S. Citizen.] You've just discovered this thing called FIRE... Financial Independence/Retire Early. It's new, it's exciting, it's very promising... ...but you're scared. You don't know anything …

Day Trip to Alicante and Guadalest

One of the things I most love about living in Valencia is the number of free or affordable things to do! We have dozens of incredible museums (running the gamut from art, history, science, curiosities, etc.) most of which charge 2 euros. And if that doesn't fit your budget, just wait until Sunday when it …

Why Spain?

As a recently retired American expat living in Spain, it is one of the most frequent questions I get. Of all the places in the world, why did we choose to move to Spain? Why not stay in sunny San Diego? Why not retire to Arizona or Florida? Why not Mexico or Costa Rica or …

Highlights from Florence, Italy

Last month we took a week to visit Italy for the first time. We chose Florence as our introduction to Italy. Florence was a compromise since over-touristed places like Rome or Venice are not generally not my idea of a good time. We flew from Valencia, Spain, where we now live permanently, to Bologna then …

The Best Thing About Early Retirement in Spain…

... is I can ride whenever the f*ck I want! Today was not the best ride, not the longest ride, but I got out there. Lane's Inspirational Quote du Jour: It's not whether you succeed or fail, it's whether or not you tried! I wasn't 'feeling it' when I got on the bike. The wind …

The Street Art of El Carmen: Episode 2

Yesterday was a holiday here in Valencia. We celebrate the Nou d'Octubre, (9th of October) as The Region of Valencia Day, the day in 1238 when King Jaume I liberated the city of Valencia from Moorish rule. Most people had the day off. Only bars and restaurants were open (says a lot about what Valencianos …