I’ve been putting off index investing all year. I’d made a bunch of reasons up about why it wasn’t the right time to start. They were all lies I told myself, just so that I could mask the intense fear I felt about doing something I had never done before. But, isn’t that always the reason we choose to not go after what we know we should, the fear of the unknown. Well the excuses stop now, because I finally did it and I am now the proud owner of index funds. *slow clap* [Read more…] about Why I Finally Started Index Investing & How I Got Over My Fear
Wow 2016 has been quite a year! I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and took 5 months of maternity leave to bond with him and my 2 1/2-year-old. It was a year of transitions, going from one to two children and the year I decided to start this blog. It was also the year that I set my retire by 40 goal which meant I had to get laser focused and specific on what it would take to get there. I set some lofty financial and savings goals for our family in 2016 and I am pleased to say that we nearly met them all.
So the day has come. I am going back to work, after 5 months of being off on maternity leave. If you read my post about 3 Ways I’m turning my maternity leave into an early retirement practice run, I had big plans for my time off. I’ll admit, I was pretty optimistic about what I could accomplish and how I would spend my time. [Read more…] about The Financial Costs Of Maternity Leave
Last week, my husband and I enjoyed some kid free time in one of our favorite places, Miami. The best part of it all (other than it being kid free, did I mention that already?), is that we went for practically free, only $22!. How you ask? Through a method called travel hacking. [Read more…] about How My Miami Flight & Hotel Only Cost Me $22
Apologies for not posting and being a bit MIA but since giving birth to my son almost 3 weeks ago, the last thing I wanted to do was to sit down and “work”. With a newborn and toddler now, my free time is definitely limited. In fact, I had to sit down and force myself to write this post.
I had my first taste of an early “retirement” when I took 6 months of maternity leave with my son 2 years ago. It was completely magical yet by the end of the 6 months off, I was actually ready to return to work.
It’s may seem a bit crazy, that a person like myself who is striving to not work in 7 years, actually wanted to return to work only after taking 6 months off. How is that possible? Well, I will tell you, two years ago, my mindset after having my 1st son was totally different from what it is today. [Read more…] about 3 Ways I Am Turning My Maternity Leave Into An Early Retirement Practice Run