Financial Independence Day came and went. Financial independence was nowhere to be seen.
Ten years ago, my Cheryl and I crafted an investment plan that had us reaching job-free living and travel last year. A decade of dismal investment returns, and we were not even close. Our financial advisor agreed far too readily.
We are embarking on a journey to construct the lifestyle we had in mind without waiting for the assets we thought we’d need – or the pension we’d never have.
Hearing an echo from many busted boomer friends, we thought we’d share our journey to inspire and perhaps enlighten others. Or maybe warn of our mistakes.
Our lines of action and investigation include the following.
- Traveling more for less.
- Lowering our expenses without sacrificing quality of life.
- Creating “post retirement” careers to make up the shortfall – and to maintain our sense of purpose.
- Starting new activities, projects, and friendships to carry us into our “third age”.
- Most of all, finding or building a new community – a group of us with similar objectives and who can support each other in achieving them.
We’re paying special attention to the community aspect. We want to expand our ability to embark on adventure and cultural travel with small groups. We’re looking at various ways of collaborating on housing. We value the input on all these themes from both our local and virtual communities.
If this is your journey, we’d love to have you travel with us.