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About Misadventures in FIRE

The road to financial independence is paved with good intentions… and a lot of learning experiences. This blog is about one person’s experiences learning and growing on the path to financial independence (primarily through real estate), with occasional mishaps, frugal life hacks, side hustles, and recipes.

“FIRE” means “financial independence, retire early,” and we can unpack that phrase into two parts. “Financial independence” means never having to say you’re sorry. It means creating sources of independent income that you could survive on in the event of a job loss or other crisis. “Retire early” means, well, retire early. For me, I think it means not working until I’m seventy, although I like my job and am not trying to retire at thirty, which, actually, was a long time ago.

I’ve got a full-time job that I love, plus kids and a spouse. I’m not in a cubicle, or making six figures of income. I’m just doing it as best I can, conscious that the only moment we are truly guaranteed is the moment we’re living right now.

They (whoever they are) say that the best time to invest was yesterday, the second-best time is today. We’re all on a different journey, which might be a slow and muddy slog down a road with no shoes and a heavy bag on your back at times. But we can learn a lot from each other.

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