All posts filed under financial independence

If You Are New to the Idea of Financial Independence and Early Retirement…

Many financial independence bloggers talk about saving 20-30 multiples of your annual budget (expenses) to become financially independent and retire early. However, the final number for that calculation can be pretty daunting for many people, especially if you didn’t think about retirement in your 20s or 30s and have to start from zero. Furthermore, saving 20-30 times of the yearly budget to retire early may …

10-Year Plan to Financial Independence According to JL Collins

JL Collins is a financial blogger and an author, who was the most influential force behind my desire to seek financial independence. Do check out his blog to learn more about his exceptional and life-changing work. In his book “The Simple Path to Wealth”, he says that if individuals follow the below-listed tips in the next ten years, they will be on their way to financial independence. …

Half Assing Isn’t Going to Get You Anywhere

When I was at the peak of my personal half-assing, I knew I was stuck and couldn’t get out of that circle of self-sabotage, which in everyday life translated to fear of commitment to myself. At the end of 2020, I realised that most of my adult life, I’ve been half-assing. I was doing things with all my convictions and beliefs and always gave my 100%. …

What Does the 4% Withdrawal Rule Mean?

Wikipedia says “The 4% refers to the portion of the portfolio withdrawn during the first year (of retirement); it is assumed that the portion withdrawn in subsequent years will increase with the consumer price index (CPI) to keep pace with the cost of living.”  Your investments will pay dividends and appreciate in price over time on average at 7% per year before inflation. The inflation rate …

Life Is About Learning to Adapt

On the way to financial freedom, many of us will have to learn how to adapt our mindset, spending, our goals, adjust to new lifestyle choices, adapt to new priorities, and to a financially independent lifestyle (when financial independence finally happens). Throughout the history of humanity, to be able to survive we all had to learn how to adapt. Unfortunately, the more comfortable people become, …

Establishing Good Financial Habits in Kids

Over the years, I’ve asked many people I considered good with money or who worked in the financial sector how to teach kids about investments. The best I got was “Open a savings account and add some money each month to show your son how the money compounds.” WHAT?!?! Well… that sounds really boring even for an adult, not to mention a child. First of …

Improve Your Life Through Mastering Personal Finance

Since I started my journey towards financial mastering, I discovered that mastering personal finance has a lot to do with finding your true self. Learning about investments and financial independence set me on the road to sort out and face all my unresolved issues around finances I’ve had for years. Thinking about and recording my spending allowed me to see how much money I spent …

Unlearning the Bad Habits

Picking up bad habits is soooo easy, as is falling back to default, often dangerously destructive ways. Eating sweets or junk food is a bad habit. I’ve never been a fan of junk food but sweets, ooooh that I can eat. Especially when I feel tired or restless (maybe that’s why I work so much, hmmm… something to think about). The only way that I …

The Road to Freedom

Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be free to do whatever I wanted to do. If you had asked my dad, he would surely tell you that I always did whatever I wanted to do. Well, at least I tried… thanks, dad. When I search deep inside my soul, I know that having the freedom to do what I dreamt of doing was always …