We're packing for a long weekend in the Firelite household, and I felt this an opportune moment to reflect on my travel packing philosophy. I must admit I've had many years of practice of travelling light, but for most of that time, I thought I was travelling light when I was in fact only travelling… Continue reading Packing minimalism
After a few serious posts, I thought I'd mix it up with something as close to my heart as the other recent topics... A good bargain! Who doesn't love a good bargain? Apparently, quite a lot of people! But that's not you and me, right?! Bargains are great value for the price. And for the… Continue reading Treats for under 50p (60 cents) that make me happy
The savings rate is lauded as one of the most crucial bits of information in the FI armoury, and I can see why. Simply put, this is the proportion of your take-home pay that you save or invest potentially towards FIRE (financial independence / early retirement). In fact, I estimated my savings rate when I… Continue reading What’s your savings rate and are you getting it right?
So, fresh out of my first ever life coaching session yesterday, pondering about my midlife gap year plan I am trying to commit myself to (in 12 months’ time), the succinct quote below is what's left ringing in my ears. I'm not sure why, but I responded with "Yes, do you think so?" The answers… Continue reading Living authentically means living with inner conflict
Does it add up? Most female financial independence (FI) bloggers I've noticed are single without children (just the UK?). Yet, there are many father bloggers. Lots of FIers are couples, some with kids, though many who blog about FI are male. So, the pool of female FI bloggers is smaller to start with. Then, there's… Continue reading Motherhood and FI: Family, finance and frugality
Earning the surplus time to eventually focus on me in a Meaningful Way. This includes realigning my relationships with the world. A bit like a life physio. That's in short what I want out of financial independence (FI) / early retirement. "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts' For so long I've… Continue reading Human wholeness – in the pursuit of FI
There's a lot written about happiness, and these days, we even search for life hacks to overcome “hedonic adaptation” – how you're initially very happy with a new situation or purchase but soon return to your 'happiness set point’*. Happiness sells. And you can see why; it's the prototypical, unadulterated positive emotion. Who wouldn't want… Continue reading What’s better than happiness?
The last five days of the FTSE all share* (and other indices) have been notably downward, wiping out any initial gains I'd made since buying my trackers last month. The index is also down from a year ago (scroll down to the second chart) though still up from a low over the last year in late… Continue reading The FTSE and S&P nosedive!
I was planning to blog about frugality. Taking in the bigger pictures, this got me thinking about certain unwritten rules I generally abide by that have got me to the stage I'm at now on my Path to Life 2. I say unwritten rules, because it’s only by reading about those early in their FI… Continue reading My unwritten rules for living (frugally)
I’ve had a few days to let my numbers sink in now. That's since this happened. I knew I had some savings. I knew I had a relatively generous pension. I was knee-deep in researching SIPPs to divert my savings tax-efficiently* into passive tracker funds that are inaccessible until 57 years (for me anyway). Tax… Continue reading Can YOU predict your future financial needs?