Financial Independence Motivation-1 Year Anniversary
Many of the blogs I read are about Financial Independence, much of the reasoning behind my hopes, dreams, and motivation are because of those writing about their journey to financial freedom, and some have even got off their bicycle and declared financial independence. There are times I might get down and out about reaching FI, thoughts race through my head that sound like this:
- I’m not saving enough, I’m a Spendy Pants
- My plan is stupid, everyone talks about investing to reach FI, how come I’m going with Real Estate
- Do you have any idea how far 2020 is………..FOREVER that’s how far
- Like 3 people have ever gotten to FI and they are on the internet, great I’m Fudged
I really do have these thoughts, but then I go out and come across some great people who encourage, motivate, and simply share their story. I know many of us started with Mr. Money Mustache as our FI Moses leading us into the Promised Land or maybe Early Retirement Extreme got to you first parting the waters of your own financial sea, but I have good news there is so many more of us out there. Today I want to share a few more that have inspired me, that have done something to my motivation and my psyche that get me off my a$$ and tightens up my budget, pay off $20 more on a student loan, list 10 more items on eBay to bring home the side hustle income, or put quite simply makes me believe it is possible.
Go Curry Cracker-Recently I was in a small funk, since I realized I was going to come up short on my goal of paying off my student loans. Right about then Go Curry Cracker had every publication and online article featuring him from Budgets are Sexy, Forbes, Yahoo, I think even Warren Buffett published something, just kidding. But seriously if you don’t read his story and get motivated to be FI, you are running down the wrong path. I hope to interview him one day, of course when all the big time media get off his back and he’s got a few extra minutes for Even Steven Money.
1500 Days-One of my favorite bloggers in the world and I read 3,453 blogs a day! Just kidding I have no idea how many I read, but either way if you are looking for someone to put you into a reality check with a little humor on the side, I recommend reading. The Awakening, well it woke me up and got me going, in many ways I think if 1500 Days didn’t exist neither would Even Steven Money.
Frugalwoods-You know that guy or gal that is just ripped, you know muscles from head to toe, they tell you that they exercise all the time because they love it, eat healthy because it’s the best tasting, plan on finishing an Ironman because they need a challenge. The first time you meet this person you think he/she is bat$hit crazy, like come on nobody does that. Then you decide to take a few tips from them, just small stuff you know eating a salad instead of potato chips and you realize it’s not that bad. This is the Frugalwoods to me and I love them. I read some of what they write and think that’s malarkey, crazy Amish style no electricity type of stuff, riding their bikes from New York to Boston! Then again it’s cool to go against the grain, at least I think so.
Slowly Sipping Coffee-I enjoy reading this new kid on the block, I mean NKOB, no they are called New Kids on the Block again, OK whatever my blog is like one summer older than SSC. I think what I like about them is the common goal we share of Financial Independence and the common love of spreadsheets! Maybe I like their blog because I like coffee, maybe I like it because I see someone else out there who wants to get out and get moving somewhere else, Away from the busy and the hectic and closer to the freedom of choices.
Think Retire Save-I see so much of myself in Steve, including the name. He’s my age and wants to retire in 2020 with 1 million dollars, while my goal is not to have a specific dollar amount, we both realize that we can get there, just by putting our foot to the bicycle or motorcycle in his case, extra hard. He might beat me there he might not, but I look forward to the challenge.
Gen Y Finance Guy-I like big goals and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny, well I won’t continue with my Weird Al version of Sir Mix Alot! He’s looking for a goal of 10 million dollars net worth in 20 years, he might be the opposite of the Frugalwoods, spending money on eating out, but don’t let that get in the way of liking his plan, frugal is sexy, but so is a 10 million dollar net worth.
Once again there are so many great Financial Independence Blogs out there, sharing their own journey. Some might be paying off debt, some trying to find a way to increase their income, while others have their plan in place and just enjoying the journey as they accelerate to the final destination. With all that being said I want to thank those that have motivated me in my first year of writing this blog, the amount of money I have made has gone up, the amount of debt paid back has increased, my investments have gone higher, and everything I have done on Even Steven Money I am proud to call my own. Thank you for reading and thank you for stopping by.
I do have a favor to ask each and every one of you:
In celebration of my one year anniversary I am dedicating a new page on Even Steven Money to all of the FI bloggers out there, it will be called Financial Independence Day. It is my hope that we will create a small community that holds each other accountable. My plan is to have a running list of everyone’s financial independence day, so stop on over to check out the page and add your financial independence day.