I’m a huge fan of The West Wing.
In fact, The West Wing was the first TV show I ever binged. (Feel free to confess in the comments if you’ve binged it at least 7x like me.)
And I’m a huge fan of The West Wing Weekly podcast. Every podcast episode ends with, “What’s next?” And that’s interesting in an of itself. The episodes end with, “What’s next?” Anyway…
In an homage to The West Wing, I should have ended last week’s debt freedom post with, “What’s next?”
Because I know you’re just dying to know…
I just wanted a way to work in a reference to the best TV show ever.
What We Are Doing Today
If you review the Financial Independence page, you’ll see that we have one goal remaining on the list…
Invest in passive income sources to cover our living expenses, i.e. financial independence, so that we can start traveling.
How exactly we achieve this is still a mystery, but we’re considering new side hustles to fund our travels and other kinds of investments.
Basically, we’re doing a lot of thinking right now about what’s next for us. Expect more posts about what financial independence life looks like (shoutout to Our Next Life and the Financial Mentor for all the thought-provoking posts) and what our tiny house plans(s) is/are.
What We Aren’t Doing Today
After sharing our debt freedom journey with the WORLD, this next part might come as a bit of a shock, but trust me, there is good reason for it.
As we journey to financial independence, our blog will not discuss the following:
– how much money we have saved,
– how much money we have invested, and
– how much money we make in our businesses.
Because it doesn’t matter.
Take it from me, consumer of two years’ worth of net worth updates and monthly income reports…what we have saved doesn’t matter.
In fact, knowing how much money other people have saved led to one BIG problem for me.
Some of you know what I’m talking about…
Some of you have this problem…
I HAD (HAVE?) THIS PROBLEM, TOO!
I’ve struggled with what Marie Forleo calls “Compareschlager.” I was drunk with envy. It was unhealthy.
“Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Comparison is poison.” – Jon Acuff
Yet that’s exactly what I did.
And while I totally respect every blogger’s choice to share what s/he is willing to share, I’m trying to break my own bad habit of “comparison shopping.” Sorry, ya’ll…
Financial independence is unique for everyone, especially when it comes to the financial bit. It’s the 25x rule for a reason, not the “everyone should just save $1 million rule.” 🙂