When MadMan and I look at the number 35, we see a goal. When we hit 35, we want to be financially independent. Financial independence is a term thrown around a lot by today's young. That said, what does it mean to us? This is a continuation of a series acquainting you to how we look at the world. Previous to this has been our versions of Minimalism and Frugality. Here we explain financial independence, how we look at it, and why we go for it.
I live in Atlanta. I've also vacationed to Atlanta when I lived in Central Georgia. MadMan spent many weekends in Atlanta before he moved here for college. Needless to say we have a little knowledge on where to go, what to eat, and where to stay.
It turns out I am not half bad at snowboarding and neither is MadMan. Last year, we traveled to the mountains and went snowboarding. I almost broke my knee, lost my sunglasses, and had so much fun. MadMan almost broke his tail bone and also enjoined himself immensely. So maybe that was a lie... we both suck. Here's the story. First, let's set the scene...
In May of 2017 we visited Portland, Oregon for a week. It was rainy, it was cold, and it was fun. We did lots of walking, visited Forest Park, we walked around the Zoo and the Japanese Gardens, toured a sub, and ate lots of food. That's not to say that it was all fun and games, we also visited many apartments as we plan on moving there one day. Here's our feeling on the city, a guide, and photos.
When MadMan and I were first living together, we had almost nothing. We embraced being "frugal" simply to stay in the positive. Years later, we began our journey to financial independence. That is when we become minimalist and truly frugal. Now, being frugal plays a vital role in when we hit our FI. This post will go into why we are frugal, what frugal is, and what comes out of begin frugal.
On our journey to Financial Independence we have become both frugal and minimalist. Eventually, we realized how much more than a step minimalism had become. It became an integral part of our lives, something all unto itself. That, however, does not explain how we live simplistically or what we see minimalism as. This post is about those very questions. Here I will go into what minimalism is for us, what good comes of it, and why we chose it in the first place.
The first post, back to the beginning. This is why I started writing. To know us more, see where we are now, and get more questions answered, check out the Behind One Mad Life section of our site.