My Financial Independent Picture

The other day I received an email from the University of Miami Hurricanes Basketball program, the email was sent to let me know that Season Tickets were now on sale.  Most individuals would look at this e-mail as junk or look for the unsubscribe button, for me it is a reminder of financial independence and a look into my financial independent picture.

Even Steven Money recently started a New Interview Series and one of the items I shared about my future plans in early retirement would be to follow around a college basketball team for an entire season and document the process.  The takeaway from that is I really enjoy college basketball, I am a big Syracuse Orangemen and Wisconsin Badgers fan, but I love to watch so many of the college teams.  I used to coach basketball not long ago and I am able to see kids I had a hand in coaching, it’s such a fun experience to see a 15 year old kid grow to be a man and play basketball on a national level.  I also appreciate great coaching so it’s easy for me to watch so many games.

When I saw the season tickets email I had a glimpse into my early retirement.  Mrs. Even Steven and I heading over to the game, located in Coral Gables, FL on a Wednesday night to spend an evening watching the Miami Hurricanes battle the Duke Blue Devils a battle of great coaches and an upcoming program versus a national champion.  I can imagine the entire day just with a picture………………………………

Wednesday morning starts off like many of my mornings now that I have reached financial independence and early retirement.  Brewing a cup of Nicaraguan coffee to take with on my morning walk with my Siberian husky, walking through the neighborhood looking at lawns and houses, greeting those that pass by with a friendly good morning.  After my morning coffee and walk, I imagine sitting down to do some writing and a little article reading. I imagine that all of the meals that I now cook, I take extra time to prepare and eat healthier and fresher foods.  A walk to an organic grocery store or grass fed only meat market to pick up what I plan for lunch and dinner for the day might be a regular occurrence because after all it’s Wednesday.  On the way I stop to buy some flowers for Mrs. Even Steven because she deserves it for not only being a great wife, but sitting through a college basketball game planned for tonight, she enjoys them, but mostly enjoys spending time together.  Today Mrs. Even Steven is visiting family, so it will be a nice surprise when she returns, that and the fresh salmon I will be making for an early dinner before the game, did you expect an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant?  I still practice frugality, I realize that this is part of who I am and one of the main reasons we have reached financial independence and continue to use our passive income to relax and enjoy life.  I don’t have too much planned for today, but days like this our the days I realize that I enjoy these type of days.

My previous Wednesday used to be filled with buses and trains on the way to work, then to sit in a cubicle for 8 hours working on deadlines and checking emails, to only go home on the same buses and trains, the little satisfaction in my day is the excitement from my dog knowing that I have arrived home and we are going for a walk.  The arrival of my wife, the best part of the day finishes with food, talk, and the realization that we need to do this again tomorrow.  Let’s glimpse into the financial future instead.

After dinner we change to get ready for our walk to the arena.  We live pretty close it’s 2 miles away, in fact we enjoy the walk as we share what happened in our day including family and friends, how good the morning coffee was, and my tales of a quiet Wednesday.  As we arrive to the arena we are greeted by a few familiar faces who say hello, we don’t stand out in the crowd as millionaires wearing a Rolex and thousand dollar suits, instead we are the nice couple in casual clothes who really enjoys college basketball, probably some of the nicest people you will meet.  We have great seats for the game and we attend every home game, which is about 15-20 games a year in my estimation.  We paid $1000 for each seat for a total of $2000 for the year, but don’t worry I factored this in to our budget.  The game ends and we won or lost, it doesn’t really matter today because we are happy we have the freedom to visit family, enjoy a great game, and have a relaxed day before we walk back to our home.  It’s a beautiful night and we couldn’t be happier as we arrive at our front door and as we place the key in the lock, we hear our Siberian husky howl in excitement for our arrival back home.  It’s getting late and we are tired, plus we have a busy day tomorrow as we have plans to do whatever we like.  The End

Sometimes we see a picture of someone, someplace, or something and our mind drifts to thoughts of financial independence.  For me it was an email letting me know college basketball season tickets were on sale, it’s a picture that took me away from a day at the office and into my financial independence future.  I don’t know if things will turn out exactly like I mentioned above, but knowing that the opportunity exists is just another reason to keep taking steps toward my financial independence journey.

Do you have picture that makes you think about your financial future?


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10 Responses to “My Financial Independent Picture

  • Love the visualization! I know I want to reach FI, still working on the final view.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks Brian, I enjoyed walking through it in mind.

  • I like how the most appealing thing about becoming a Hurricanes season ticket holder is that they play some good teams 😉 Just kidding though, that program has been on the rise recently.

    I think having a picture or a symbol as a reminder of financial independence is a good motivator. For me I would think it would be something to remind me of being able to travel.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I know what you mean I was looking at the teams thinking what a great home schedule, helps to be in the ACC and in the state of Florida, great teams to watch none the less. Yeah I could see the picture of Europe or some Island off the Pacific being pretty popular for motivation.

  • I found a couple this past weekend, while browsing lots/homes on Zillow. Seeing the view and pastoral setting of some of the properties, got me thinking about where would the garden go, thank-God I don’t have to edge ever again, and the view from the back porch having coffee in the morning after seeing the kids off at the bus stop.

    I totally get where you’re coming from. As far as basketball… I grew up in KY so I got UK shoved down my throat. It’s like a religion! I can appreciate good games, and love March Madness, but I haven’t gotten back to watching regular season games again yet.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Never having to edge again sounds like a win to me add in the view is always important, the coffee just tops everything off.

      Shoving it down your throat, lol sounds like you really miss it! Maybe one day you will catch a game, just don’t watch Kentucky:)

  • I also love the visual…but how did you get solicited for the Hurricanes? Don’t you live in Chicago? BTW, root for Minnesota…you will feel much better :).
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      When I was in Miami I was thinking about doing season tickets for college football and attended a basketball game while I was there, just never got off the list. Minnesota, I’m not sure we are friends anymore.

  • Love this. We wrote a similar post a few months back on our perfect day (

    What’s great here is you talking about spending a pretty good chunk of change, but doing it for something you guys love and prioritize — college basketball. There will be money we spend that will seem extravagant to some, but will be for what we truly love and value (music festivals, other travel). As long as you plan and budget for it, it’s not a problem!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah one thing I have read and agreed with over time is that it’s OK to spend money on things you like, just understand you will probably have to cut back in other areas. No boats or yachts in our budget, but some college basketball season tickets, don’t mind if I do;)

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