For the first 32 years of my life, I spent my time fighting for more – knowledge, power, success, money. I never really valued these things, I just sought them mindlessly because that’s what I was taught to do. I saved a lot, but I also delved into the world of Consumerism. I achieved everything I went after and yet I was never content. In fact, I would say that I was getting less content every day.
In May 2011 I left that all behind me. I quit my job, sold my car, downsized my house, sold most of my “stuff,” and moved my family to Colorado. I worked a low stress job for 3 more years, and finally retired in May 2014 at age 36. My family and I are happier than we’ve ever been.
Who I Am
I’m a father, a husband, a runner, a biker, and a writer. I’m a professional seeker of happiness, financial freedom, self-reliance and community.
My Early Retirement Journey
I achieved financial independence by cutting my spending to only the things that matter to me most. That’s not to say we limit our spending to food, shelter, and clothing – but we make sure to only spend money where it provides us true happiness.
As I cut my costs, I also increased my savings and investments. Finally, in 2014, my passive investments surpassed my expenses and I was able to safely retire.
My current investments include:
- Dividend Paying Stocks
- Treasury Bonds
- P2P Lending
- Real Estate
- Online Business Ownership
- Private Money Lending
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