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.
Thank you all for making your experience and perspectives available to us here!