Happy weekend to my all my readers! I hope you’re having a great one! I am enjoying a quiet Saturday at home. The day started with a run on the greenway, followed by coffee with a great friend. After that, I spent some time in Bible study and prayer.
Recently, one of my best friends challenged me to open up and share more of my personal story with you. This post is my first response to that challenge. Today, I want to share with you a new direction I am taking with the blog and my personal finance goals. Here goes….
Changes to the Blog
So far, this blog has been focused entirely on financial independence and early retirement. Although I will continue to write personal finance and investing articles here, I am also going to start discussing topics from the 2,350 verses in the Bible about MONEY. That’s right, God has that much to say about the subject. I look forward to prayerfully sharing with you from God’s Word, as I am inspired to write. I hope you will join me as I unpack the wisdom contained throughout the Bible on the subject of money.
Changes to My Personal Finance Goals
Since the beginning of this blog, the focus has been on both Financial Independence and Early Retirement. After much thought and prayer, I am eliminating the early retirement goal. This decision has been a long time in the making and was made for the following reasons:
- Personal observation: I have been devouring personal finance blogs for about a decade. Over that time, I have witnessed an interesting change in the FI space. Specifically, the focus has moved from quitting work at an early age for the purpose of relaxing and pursuing hobbies, to retiring for the purpose of pursuing new work … work that is meaningful and fulfilling. I have enjoyed watching this trend develop over the years and now intend to join in the movement in my own way.
- Love of investing: I love investing and don’t intend to stop at a defined point in time. My desire to remain a long-term investor beyond FI is not motivated by greed or an inability to know when I have “enough”. I actually know my “enough” number and will stop investing for myself when I reach it (more on that below). However, I have learned that being an investor and teaching others about investing are two of my passions. So I don’t intend to quit.
- Calling: I have been praying for a long time about what God would have me do with my life when I reach FI. I love mission work and music ministry, and for sometime now I had a faint notion that I would retire early and pursue those ministries on a relatively full-time basis. However, after much thought and prayer, I have decided to go a different direction. I intend to reach my FI number, then continue working in order to give away my earnings beyond a fixed annual spending budget. Don’t get me wrong, once I reach FI, I will be much more selective in accepting legal cases and will attempt to build my mediation practice. I will also decrease the number of hours I work so I can increase time with family, church work, investing and self-care.
What about you?
I am overjoyed at my new direction and feel such a sense of peace knowing what I am supposed to do with my future. Thanks for letting me share my new plans with you. I’d love to hear about your plans for FI. What are some of your goals for the future?