I published the first post on this blog about a year ago (on September 18th, 2016). Since then, my family and I have gone through lots of changes. Back then, I wrote in this article that my husband and I would be looking at early retirement in year 2018, while in our mid- and early-30s, respectively. Our estimated annual expenses would be $50,000. In a later post, where I shared about the 4% Withdrawal Rule and its relevance for my family, I mentioned that my family’s financial goal (a.k.a the amount in our net worth) was to reach 30X to 33X of our annual expenses.
As I’m writing this article, I’m happy to report that our total net worth has reached over the 33X number. The image below was captured on 9/11/2017 from our Personal Capital account, prior to the stock market opened. We use Personal Capital, a free financial tool, to track our net worth, view our investment performance, analyze our asset allocations and project and reevaluate our retirement goals. I wrote a comprehensive review of Personal Capital on another post. I encourage you to check it out. According to Google Analytics, that post is a readers favorites. I plan to do an update on this financial tool and share more recent images on the blog soon.
Now that this part of my family’s financial goal is reached, my husband and I have both arrived at the conclusion that it was time for him to join me in early retirement, too. September 8th, 2017, marked his last day of W-2 employment. This is a great financial milestone for my family. We became an early retiree family before our daughter turns three.
Note: In a more recent post, I shared that we created a “fun fund”, where we gave ourselves the permission to spend up to $60,000 per year. Of that $60,000, about 30% would go to travel and large disposable item purchases (you can see a list of our monthly expenses here). At this point, we are flexible pacing our annual expenses anywhere in between $40,000 to $60,000.
My husband and I have been planning for this new chapter of our lives for several months now. During our early retirement days, we will be doing the following activities (at least for the next three years, before our daughter goes to formal school):
1) Go through the day at a slower pace
2) Do more slow-travel
3) Write a book
4) Spend lots of time in the library and book stores
5) Become more fluent in Mandarin and Spanish
6) Spend more time outdoors
7) Take a more active role in our community
8) Play more boardgames
9) Be more adventurous and creative with our cooking recipes
10) Host more gatherings at our new home
11) Work on DIY and home decor projects around the house
12) Start a YouTube channel
13) Partnering with more local organizations to promote and teach financial literacy for individuals and couples
14) Work on building our financial coaching business
15) Venture out into real estate (mostly commercial)
16) Work on building my Mandarin lessons class
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THIS BLOG
1) Now that we’re retired, my husband and I will be further investigating and taking advantage of new financial strategies that are available to us (due to a much lower household income). These strategies include doing a Roth Conversation and deciding on which withdrawal strategies to use (getting money to fund our expenses). And I’ll certainly be sharing our new experiences on the blog.
2) My husband and I have also been talking about having a YouTube channel as another digital platform for us to share our financial journey with you. I’ve always been more comfortable being behind the camera, however, this new adventure can be a lot of fun for us. As a couple sharing a household and finances together, my husband and I are pretty dynamic when it comes to money (especially the psychological aspects). We’re similar in many ways, yet, we can be very different in other ways. It would be interesting for our audience to see our different sides and how we try to work (or not work) things out.
3) Both of us will be working with other individuals (and couples and families) on money management and building wealth. As such, we’ll have many interesting stories and insights to share on the blog (only with our clients’ permissions and personal idenfication information would be changed for confidentiality purposes).
4) We’ll be sharing more real estate topics as we get further into the field.
5) There’ll also be Do-It-Yourself home projects and money saving options as we remodel and renovate our new home.
6) So far, I’ve been the only voice that’s been on this blog. I’m looking to expand this digital space to other women so that you can share your financial stories, too, to inspire and encourage others. If you are interested, please reach out to me. I’d love to hear your story and talk about possibilities. If you know others who have inspiring stories to share, please have them reach out to me, too.
This is where my family and Ms. Financial Literacy blog are at now. We’re very excited starting this new chapter in our lives. Thank you so much for your continuing support on this journey with us.
Like what you’ve just read? I encourage you to subscribe to my free weekly newsletter that goes out every Monday to receive updates on new posts. Please share my blog and contents with your family and friends, too. Financial literacy is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and loved ones.
To sign up for my free weekly newsletter, use the newsletter button provided below or go to the website’s sidebar.