Why start this blog?

I decided to start this blog to talk about and share ideas on financial independence and early retirement with interested individuals living in Ireland. About a month ago I randomly stumbled on an article about a couple who had retired in their 30s, and my curiosity about how they did it led me to spend the past month or so researching the stories of several others who had achieved financial independence. Their stories and value systems struck a chord with me and led me to establish this as a goal for myself. Having just begun my own journey to financial independence – a journey which has no clearly-defined path as yet – I took a look online for others in Ireland pursuing similar goals, and could find no evidence of an online community. So, I’ve decided to document my own journey…

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Early Retirement for beginners…

Have you ever had the audacity to consider that there may be an alternative to working 40 years or waiting until you are 60, 65 or even 70 years of age before you can leave your day job?

I had been keeping my head down, pacing myself for my 9 am to 7 pm daily grind when one evening about a month ago by chance I stumbled upon an article about a US-based couple who retired in their 30s – “Go Curry Cracker”. Mildly curious about how this seemingly ordinary couple had somehow managed to retire in their 30s, I began to research this further, which led me over the course of the past month to the blogs and podcasts of Mr. Money Mustache, Mad FIentist,  Jim Collins, Frugalwoods and others…

Curiouser and curiouser, I began to look for an Irish-based community of like-minded individuals, and to my surprise my search yielded very little! When asked whether he knew that there was a community of like-minded individuals out there working towards financial independence back in the 1970s, Jim Collins replied that he didn’t even know that there was a path! Similarly, I do not know my aim of bringing together the Irish-based FI community to share advice and trade stories on financial independence is an overambitious one, and indeed whether there even is such a community!

Over to you – What’s your story?