I've been reading the boards here and really enjoy everyone's posts.
A little about me: About three years ago, I received a big, fat severence package from the company that was laying me off. At that time, I decided that since I was going to me a wage slave for the rest of my life,
I was going to take some time off from working and travel while I was still young enough to enjoy it (I was 33 at the time).
I took a year off from work and traveled to Australia and Hawaii. It was a great time and I'm glad I did it. It was the best ER education I could have gotten. It did three things for me: 1.I learned that having "stuff" doesn't give me pleasure (I got rid of almost everything before I went to Australia) 2.I know I will LOVE the PT lifestyle and, the best: 3. I save every possible penny now for retirement as I can't wait to get back to that lifestyle!
There is a little voice in me that sometimes reminds me how much closer I'd be to ER if I'd saved that severence package. :
But I honestly believe that I wouldn't have "known" that I could ER (and enjoy the PT lifestyle) if I hadn't done it. No sense crying over spilt milk.
I have gotten my financial house in order. Paid off debt, have emergency fund and contributed maximum amount to 401k (10% is all my plan allows
) and to a Roth-IRA since I returned to my wage slave status two years ago. I am now focused on educating myself about investing.
I have to say, y'all are a little intimidating (and inspiring) with all the knowledge you have about investing. Any suggestions for books to read in order to further my investment knowledge will be greatly appreciated. Right now I'm reading Stock Investing for Dummies (Paul Mladjenovic) and The Intelligent Investor (Ben Graham).
Thanks and looking forward to all your comments!