On Tuesday, I reflected on the “what” and “who” we need in our lives to help us achieving our goals. But where are we going on this journey?
We’ve alluded to some of the endeavors we’ve undertaken. Many more details to come!
We continue to live frugally, slashing our recurring expenses where we can. More to improve in 2016!
I’m at the gym daily. (Poor Garrett’s chronic fatigue has taken him out of the glorious Miracle Mornings and daily trips to the gym.) 🙁
In an effort to combat busyness and maintain productivity, we’ve cut many of the activities we wasted our energy. But where are we heading? What do we hope to achieve?
And many, many more reasons.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on the celebration of action rather than the outcome, as blogger Anthony Ongaro suggests. I think I can safely say we’ve come pretty far in the one year we’ve been on this road. I truly believe that the combined impact of every little step, tiny improvement, and daily action will amount to something greater. We’ll look back on this time and celebrate how far we’ve come. 🙂
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Since all of this reading and podcast-listening we’ve done, we’re focused more on lifestyle design than ever. Season changes cause major problems for Garrett, so being mobile would afford us the opportunities to achieve our goals, especially the ability to chase weather conditions that work best for Garrett. Surprise! Four seasons in Pennsylvania don’t seem to work for his health. 🙂
While I might be trying to walk away from a job in favor of mobility, I’m not walking away from what I do. We have big plans for helping others! But we can help others anywhere–we don’t have to be tied to our desks. Our office will be mobile. Or it’ll be in co-working spaces. Or in coffee shops. Or in hotel conference rooms. Or inside our tiny house.
Mr. FireStation also has interesting comments on why someone would retire early. If you encounter a lot of resistance in trying to achieve your goals, whether those involve early retirement or financial independence, perhaps his post will help you maintain the big picture.
There are a lot of “what ifs” in life. When Dad passed away unexpectedly, a lot of “what ifs” crept into my life, reminding us to maintain a big picture perspective while we mind the pennies, too. Steve at Think Save Retire also had to deal with questions about “what ifs” post-retirement. What if Garrett’s health worsens? We’ll move to Thailand or some other place with better, more affordable healthcare. We have options when we aren’t tied to jobs.
When February nearly crushed me under its emotional weight, I rallied and tried not to get caught up in its craziness. Sure, it meant fewer blog posts, but it was sleep that I needed. I’m really looking forward to catching up on sleep after FIRE, like Matt at The Resume Gap. 🙂 Assuming Garrett holds on and doesn’t quit his job for health reasons, I’m sure he’ll need the sleep, too.
I ponder, once again, where is this journey taking us? I don’t really know, but I hope it’s taking us to a time when Garrett’s health can improve without the stress and worry of work. I hope it’s taking us to a place where we can truly make a difference. Hope to see you there!