The Why of Financial Independence: What Do You Value?

[4-minute read] I think people often get the wrong idea about what FI is and why people seek to achieve it. What FI is Not It might be easy to assume, for example, that people who seek FI are greedy, money-hungry, people who value money above all else or just want to be rich. These …

Start Your FIRE Journey: The 10 Stages of Financial Independence

19 March 2020 - Financial prudence is more relevant than ever. The COVID-19 virus is disturbing the health, social and economic fabric of our world. Right now we have much more pressing concerns than Financial Independence. However, I still believe that the basic concepts of FI (live well below your means, save and invest) apply …

How to Stay in Spain More Than 90 Days as an American

Do sangrias, siestas and sunshine call to you? Would you like to stay or live in Spain long term? Would you like to stay longer than the 90 days allowed on your American passport? You can and I'll tell you exactly how to do it. As an American, your valid U.S. passport only allows you …

Remnants of Valencia’s Moorish Period

It's amazing what you can find if you just dig a little deeper. We were wandering El Carmen today (our old neighborhood here in Valencia, Spain) showing my youngest daughter and her boyfriend around the city a bit. I happened upon the International House Spanish school near Tossal plaza in central El Carmen and noticed …

Improve Your Life Beginning Today with One Simple Idea

Are you ready to transform your life in a powerful way? Are you ready to take back control of your own destiny... from your employer, from your clients, from your stuff, from consumerism? This one idea has the power to improve your life within days and to radically change the trajectory of your life over …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 4: Invest

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. [14-minute read] 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 about investing! Learning about investing and money seems daunting and about as much fun as watching paint dry! …

2019: Year of Gratitude

My life is far from perfect, and yet so close My journey is yet far The journey we begin in 2019 stepping off the edge into a deep, unseeable abyss based largely on faith and hope... This journey has given me moments of sheer terror Moments on my own when out of nowhere I wonder …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 3: Track

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. Welcome back! This is the third post in the series on beginning your personal journey to Financial Independence. Did you read JL Collins' The Simple Path to Wealth? This was your homework for Step 2: Learn. It is my favorite easy introduction to money …

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 …