Both my wife and I worked information technology jobs for over a decade before completely changing our outlook on life and saving 70% of what we earned to retire to a life full of travel and adventure. Instead of spending eight to 10 hours a day in an office, we spend it out hiking trails, boating lakes and visiting breweries.
I am an entrepreneur and writer. A fitness buff and lover of Netflix originals. I have fun with whatever I do and don’t look back after blazing a new trail.
I write about healthy selfishness and the wisdom behind putting yourself first to build a solid foundation on which to help others, get involved and make a positive difference in our communities.
My story, in brief
I worked a 14-year career in information technology, got tired of the grind and decided, along with my wife, to save almost everything that we earned and retire to a life of travel and adventure rather than office work. Our salaries were high. To most of society, it was “easy” for us to save and get rich.
Both my wife and I were born into loving and supportive families, which has been a huge help in getting to where we are today.
I am busier in retirement than I was working a full-time job. Of course, I spend a lot of time writing and making photos and videos.
Where I’ve been featured
I’ve been featured in a wide variety of major media outlets across the country like MarketWatch, Forbes, Business Insider, CNBC, and Vice. A few of my favorites:
First, check out this video about FIRE and living off-grid that we did with MarketWatch and this video about our post-pandemic money life we did with CNBC.
BI: How we self-made millionaires handle recessions
BI: 5 myths people have about early retirement that aren’t true
BI: 5 easy habits of early retirees that anyone can learn
MarketWatch: I retired at 35 by following these principles
MarketWatch: Here’s the secret to success: Lie to yourself
MarketWatch: 13 simple ways to make early retirement easier
CNBC: This couple retired in their 30s—now they live off the grid and spend $40,000 a year
CNBC: 7 lessons I learned when I built a 7-figure net worth
CNBC: How Coronavirus changed our lives
CNBC: 5 early retirees share their No. 1 money-saving tip
Television interviews: The Denver Channel, WPTV, ABC15, WXYZ, ABCActionNews, 10News, TheIndyChannel
And, check us out on YouTube! If you’d like to follow our journey visually, click over to our YouTube channel, A Dreamin’ Life, to see our beautiful faces as we travel around the country. You won’t regret it (I hope)!
Here are some of my favorite podcast interviews.
- Chris Van Vliet – From Financial Independence to Early retirement
- Bigger Pockets – Rocketing to FI at age 35
- Mad Fientist – Selling everything and Retiring to an RV
- Mark Bovair Show – Early retirement in the desert
- Marriage, Kids, and Money – How to Retire at 35
- RV Entrepreneur – How to Retire Early
- Diverse FI – Do we Understand Risk?
- The Offbeat Life – How to think, save and retire
- The Wealth Hound – How to live your dream life