We explore a lot of topics around here at Love Liberty Shelter. From the freeing life of homeschool, to frugal home-cooked food, to the (mis?)adventures of tiny house life, to the way we look at Millennials’ student loan debt, to financial freedom, I like to dive into it all.
This month, we’re diving further into financial freedom and the exhilarating world of the FIRE community (financial independent / retire early – also called FI/ER).
We first came across the concept of financial freedom quite serendipitously. Beginning three years ago, we found ourselves facing two new, unprecendented tasks:
- enormous student loan debt after needing to leave school with no degree, and
- designing and building our own tiny house so our young family had somewhere to live in an increasingly unaffordable area.
We knew, especially with two-going-on-three kids and no blueprint for non-college success in our family, that we’d have to start thinking way out of the box.
So what is voluntary simplicity? What does being financially independent mean? What does early retirement look like . . . or is this a misnomer? Who is pursuing this? And above all, is it noble or worthwhile? Right now, I’m reading the classic Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, as well as mining the riches of FIRE blogs.
Hammock Reads November 2017
And so, please enjoy November’s wide-cast net of recent reads on love, liberty, and shelter, this month focused on financial freedom . . .
The History of the FI/ER Movement 2.0, Early Retirement Dude. . . A fascinating, whirlwind chronicle of how much access “the little guy” has had to investing, markets, financial creativity, and self sufficiency. Did you know that a few countercultural men even in the 1950s were retiring early to spend more time with their families?
Do You Want to Be Rich or Do You Want to Be Free?, Sam Dogen, Financial Samurai. . . Playing tennis with the guys from the club vs. the public park. A vast disparity between players from both sides of the tracks, but surprises abound as to what the second group has over the first.
To All Those Christians Who Want Financial Freedom, Bill Blankschaen, Patheos. . . Realizing what we’re already free from, and the powerful gift it is to serve. So what’s our true motivation behind financial Independence?
Share Your Financial Freedom Journey
Which article resonated with you? Feel free to leave a comment – thanks!