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Old 12-28-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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It's been almost 5 years since my introduction, so I wanted to give you all an update on my progress. If I can't brag anywhere else, at least I can brag here.

I paid off my student loans in about 5 years ago in January 2011. I'm still debt free and focused on FIRE. I've doubled my income, more than quadrupled my net worth, and I managed to save 60% of my income this year. I'm roughly 20% of the way to "my number" and making progress faster every year!

It finally feels like early retirement is really possible for me, and I'm hoping to retire when I'm 45 (10 years from now). I think that having a long-term goal contributes to my happiness a great deal and prevents me from aimlessly wandering around my life, wondering what I'm doing with it.

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Old 12-28-2015, 12:50 PM   #2
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It finally feels like early retirement is really possible for me, and I'm hoping to retire when I'm 45 (10 years from now). I think that having a long-term goal contributes to my happiness a great deal and prevents me from aimlessly wandering around my life, wondering what I'm doing with it.
Save that for retirement!
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:32 PM   #3
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It sounds like you are making great progress. Just remember to have fun along the way!
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Thanks for the good news update, nice to hear you are on the path for success.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:16 PM   #5
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It sounds like you are making great progress. Just remember to have fun along the way!
I'm doing great at that. I visited the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands this year, and I've been knitting up a storm. Good friends, healthy food, great job, and now the carefree single life! Doubling my income has come with significantly increased stress levels, but also a great deal of job satisfaction. They seem to mostly balance out.
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That is good news! Well done.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:33 PM   #7
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Congratulations! Hopefully we'll be reading about retiring at 45 from you in a decade.
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I think that having a long-term goal contributes to my happiness a great deal and prevents me from aimlessly wandering around my life, wondering what I'm doing with it.
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Brag away! It's not bragging anyway. This is the place that understands and supports the effort toward that shared goal. I agree with what you said about having a goal to keep you on track.


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