The Financial Independence Project is about our family’s journey to financial independence. This is a project that both engages and challenges us to break the norms typically associated with working until you reach the age of 65, depending on someone else to provide money to live, and hoping enough has been saved along the way to retire.
I created this website to document and share our journey to financial independence where working is no longer required and only optional. To be honest, it was only recently (the middle of 2015) that I started to think this way. Prior to that I was pretty passionate about working in my current career until 65 or even later for reasons I explain in one of my blog entries.
At the start of this website my goal is to be completely financially independent by the year 2020 when I will be in my mid 40s. Whether this leads to Early Retirement or simply shifting to work I am 100% passionate about, regardless of pay, I have not yet decided. My hope is that through this website I will be able to document, share, and hold myself accountable to our plan.
I currently work as a professor at a University and have spent the majority of my working career in the education profession, first as a high school teacher, and now as a university professor. Along the way I have had a few varied side jobs and experiences that included jobs ranging from the service industry to running a successful side business. I have always been passionate about numbers, and they play an important part in my current career, but it has only been recently that I have started to look at my financial numbers with the same systemic and in-depth view as I do with my academic research. It created a paradigm shift in the way I thought about not only my finances, but how I was living my life. It is through this awakening, reading some thought provoking books, and some self-analysis that we have started on the path toward financial independence.