LateFIRE Chapter Three: The Price of Mental Illness and Addiction

Lin Words To Live By 2 Comments

Catchy title, that…nothing like mental illness and addiction to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, right? Yeah, well. This is not the post I was going to write. I wanted to write about pensions, Social Security, and money tied up in our home’s equity. However, my husband and I recently went to the movies and saw Beautiful Boy, with Steve Carrell. It is the story of a father’s desperate journey to save a son from his own drug addictions. I don’t really know why my husband wanted to see it; it was a brutal movie to watch. Yes, it was an “important movie,” and it was well written, acted, directed. Realistic, yes. Too real, actually, for my taste. …

LateFIRE Chapter 2: Mind the GAP and KISS Me

Lin Words To Live By 2 Comments

Hi again! Welcome to stop #2 on my LateFIRE journey. This is the post wherein are contained steps 1 – 10, optimally prioritized for a meteoric rise to financial independence, achievable – despite starting three decades late – at sound-barrier-busting speed via silver bullets, magical strategic mistake-proof moves of unmitigated brilliance, and pixie dust. Do this and become a gazillionaire just like me, overnight! Easy! So excited to share! Um…yeah…about that… Although I wish it could be different (because I just love a good dose of silver bullets and pixie dust sprinkles), I am just fresh outta magic. Darn it all. Refresher: I looked up one day, dearly beloved, many years into this thing called life [PRINCE: yes always] and …

LateFIRE – The Beginning

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This post marks the start of a new series and a new voice to the GYFG community. We all come from different walks of life and each journey is unique. What brings us together is the common goal of financial independence, whether that be LeanFIRE, FatFIRE, or FlexFIRE (I just made that last one up for those of us who want to work forever, but not because we have to). I realized a long time ago that not everyone can relate to my story for many reasons, a gap in age being a big one. Nonetheless, I constantly remind people that it’s not where you start in life but where you finish that counts. “The best time to plant a tree …