Finances, Index trackers, Investment strategy

Financial update: September 2019

I started this update stood at the bus stop on a sunny crisp morning wondering where the month went... To a lot of work I guess...a lot of life energy...making Jill a dull girl, no doubt! But it does mean not spending too much. 🙂 Except vending machines at work. Guilty on that count! That… Continue reading Financial update: September 2019

Financial planning, Investment strategy, Old age, Property

The inconvenience of the twilight years: Figuring later-life into your FI strategy

My posts have been more sporadic of late not because my blogging honeymoon period is over, but because I’ve been working my ass off. Whether it’s worth it considering my plans for a "career change" is a good question for another post. But in snatches of time between super long work days and parenting, something… Continue reading The inconvenience of the twilight years: Figuring later-life into your FI strategy

Early retirement, Financial planning, Investment strategy

Rethinking my FI strategy?

Since starting this blog, I worked out my approach to financial freedom. It's an exciting time, but I admit that the way I’m aiming for FI makes me feel a bit of a fraud in the FI world. I use what I’ll call here the conventional early retirement (ER) strategy, which put simply, is accumulating… Continue reading Rethinking my FI strategy?

Ethics, Index trackers, Investment strategy, Mindful investing

The altruistic FIer: How to create a helping portfolio

The dilemma: You want to be financially independent and to retire early. Maybe pursue things you value rather than be compromised by the rat race and consumerist culture. All great, but two inconvenient issues are raised for the ethically minded. First, most aiming for FI invest in the world’s top financial markets that buy into… Continue reading The altruistic FIer: How to create a helping portfolio

About me, Life, Midlife gap year, Personal development

Midlife schmidlife: An honest meditation

How do I feel about this gradually changing me? It's easy to forget that no life transition is easy. Teenhood, adulthood... Teething problems to say the least! But unlike those other times, 'midlife' conjures up much less little excitement for a life unwritten, especially from an agecentric young person's perspective. I must accept this reality,… Continue reading Midlife schmidlife: An honest meditation

About me, Finances, Goals

Financial update: August 2019

This month: Big savings rate boost, bond fund purchase, and closing in on my ISA limit. Hm, there’s been an unusual amount of positive movement in my financial situation given that nothing has changed with work! Most of it admittedly will take effect in next month's pay, but you know, I'm too excited (you know,… Continue reading Financial update: August 2019

Finances, Financial planning, pensions

What exactly is inflation and how to beat it

Have you ever wondered how accurately inflation is measured but never really cared to look it up? Should financial plans for early retirement (FIRE) assume a 2.5% rate of inflation, as I’d done ? Here, I explore what the UK inflation rate is, what it means to FI plans, and ways in which we can… Continue reading What exactly is inflation and how to beat it

About me, Finances, Goal setting, Midlife gap year, Personal development

The Journey So Far: Reflections & revelations

So, 3 weeks into blogging now…. And I’m really enjoying it! I’m grateful to all who stop by (that’s you!) and those who take a peruse around. It's starting to look like a blog now and not a few 'articles' that may fizzle out any moment. I’ve had my first non-promotive-type subscribers and comments. So,… Continue reading The Journey So Far: Reflections & revelations

Early retirement, Personal development

Luck and bias in the FI mindset

How many times did your stars align to help you toward your current financial status? I was reading The Ermine's well written post entitled 'FIRE is for the few not Many' , which discusses the important role of luck on the journey to financial independence (FI). I must agree, if you're aiming for FI, you're… Continue reading Luck and bias in the FI mindset

Minimalism, Personal development

Packing minimalism

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