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October 2019 – Detailed Financial Report #58 – Net Worth $1,342,681 | Income $116,170

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And we’re back! Halloween always seems to be the line in the sand that separates summer from fall where I live and it marks the start of my favorite time of year. The weather has cooled down significantly and the AC will be off for the next six months. Even better, the clocks will “fall back” for daylight savings time in California and psychological trick or not, I always feel more rested when this happens. October was a month for records, both in the markets and the GYFG financials. It is also an odd month where our income hit an all-time high at $116,170, we deployed almost $225,000 in capital, and our savings rate was almost 80%, yet our net …

Chasing FIRE Interview #9 – John from Financial Freedom Countdown

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Today we continue our Chasing Fire interview series (<- click the link to see all interviews in this series). I have always enjoyed reading and listening to interviews to learn how people got to where they are, so as to learn from the successes and failures of others. Each individual’s story and path is unique, and we can certainly gain insights from those generous enough to share their stories. My job as the host is to find interesting people that will inspire and motivate you, as well as myself. I plan to share one high-quality interview per month (maybe even less frequently) and the questions may change over time. I anticipate this to be an iterative process and I would love your feedback in …

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FIRE Starter – Tips on How to Grow Your Net Worth in the Early Years

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You can find all of Zach’s previous posts here. Today, Zach is going to discuss how you can grow your net worth in the early years. Many people miss the fact that compounding takes a decade or longer to really work its magic. That is why I push the income side of the equation so hard. Your contributions (the gap between your income and your spending) make up the majority of your net worth for at least the first ten years in most cases. You could be the exception to the rule, but I wouldn’t bet my – or your – financial future on that. I even wrote a post about the inflection point of contributions vs. compounding (that you …

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September 2019 – Detailed Financial Report #57 – Net Worth $1,360,455 | Income $32,342

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GYFG! The blog officially turned five years old last month. It doesn’t seem possible but it happened. This blog has been a critical ingredient to my success over the last five years in several key ways: It’s held me accountable to my goals. It’s allowed me to solidify my philosophies. It’s allowed me to document my journey. It’s allowed me to connect with AMAZING people.  My original goal was to stick it out for three years…but here we are those three plus two more! Blogging has become a part of my identity.  I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. My new goal is to make it to the ten-year milestone. I figure I’ve made it five years, why …

Tax Consequence If My Wife Stops Working

Done by 40!

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I knew that building a business was going to be a lot of work but I significantly underestimated the effort required. Until my son was born in October of 2019, I already had a demanding job working 60-80 hours a week in my C-Suite role, but building a business while raising an infant is next level (big shout out to Mrs. GYFG for all the support during this new chapter in our lives). There are so many things that need to be done in a new business in order to have a solid foundation to scale from. I thought balancing my six-month notice period and building up the business would be a slight increase in effort, but it has pushed …

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FIRE Starter – The Non-Financial Side of the Rent vs. Buy Debate

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You can find all of Zach’s previous posts here. Today, Zach is going to discuss what often becomes a very heated debate in personal finance circles. It’s easy to do the math to find the optimal financial decision, but not every problem should be solved with math alone. It’s a little like trying to build a house with just a hammer: when you have just a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I know…this goes against my mantra that “the path is all math.” But sometimes personal finance gets, well, personal! Many people forget to account for the time and emotion variables that should be weighed in conjunction with the math.  I hope you enjoy Zach’s latest FIRE Starter post …

Building a Body, a Business, and a Baby

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Life is good! What did I get myself into? Everything is going far better than I could have ever imagined. I’m tired. I feel like superman. Did I make the right choice? The magic happens outside of your comfort zone. This is the roller-coaster of thoughts that have been swirling around in my head over the past twelve months. The GYFG household has experienced some massive changes. We welcomed our first child into the world back in October of 2018. And for some reason that wasn’t enough chaos and shock to the system, so I decided to start my own business about six months later. My intention was to do this business thing on the side but it took off …

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FIRE Starter – What to do When You Hit the Upper Limit of Your Savings Rate

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You can find all of Zach’s previous posts here. Today, Zach is going to discuss some options available to the Freedom Fighter who feels that he or she has hit the upper limit of their savings rate. If you have followed this blog for any length of time you know that the approach I preach is #2 below. I agree it is prudent to get your expenses in check, especially early on in your journey, but we don’t preach the ultra-frugal lifestyle on this corner of the internet. In my opinion, extreme frugality is for the birds, and relative frugality is the shiznits!!! I hope you enjoy Zach’s latest FIRE Starter post below. First, a Quick Reminder of Why I …

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August 2019 – Detailed Financial Report #56 – Net Worth $1,312,526 | Income $59,115

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There is blood in the streets and it’s coming from the GYFG house. We burned through a big chunk of cash this month in order to make our backyard look like the pictures below. We added two covered patios and restarted the landscaping and irrigation from scratch. These new additions go well with the outdoor BBQ and kitchen area we put in a few years ago. The new backyard set us back about $30,000 but it is now a place to chill and is more conducive to being outside year-round. We recently paid off our mortgage in May, and I look at this $30,000 enhancement as an investment that will allow us to stay here for another 3-5 years before …

Letter to Executive Coach – Planning Success for Year One in Business

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In late 2018 and early 2019, I was working with an executive coach. One of the exercises my coach had me do was to write a letter to her for one year in the future. This was an exercise I was familiar with as I had already done a similar exercise but ten years in the future to myself (posted here). When I first started working with this coach I was preparing/pitching to start a new business line under the umbrella of my current employer at the time, and the focus of the exercise was to describe what a year of success looked like with that new business. I did end up starting the business discussed below, but as many …