In December 2018 I launched my very first blog post into the world. Being new to blogging and to the personal finance community, I had no idea what to write about. I decided to write a few words every day. Some days I push out an entire article, other days I wonder why I even bother.
Over time I’ve published many more articles related to saving money, making more money, index funds, financial independence, retire early, money mindset, and more ramblings. Today I publish my 100th blog post, I can’t believe how much time is flying! I didn’t want to let this milestone go unnoticed, so I decided to write another post on blogging.
I appreciate everyone who is supporting me and the blog in whatever way possible. I have grown as a person over the last few months, thank you!! Thank you for reading my thoughts. Thank you for commenting – you make my day when you leave a comment. Thank you for your interesting viewpoints. Thank you for connecting with me on Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram. Thank you for your support. And most of all, thank you for being the best community I have ever experienced!
This Community Is Amazing
The road to early retirement is not a common one to take and along the way, we may become impatient. It’s fantastic that I can talk about it to other people who understand. Understand the frugality when I could ‘afford’ a whole lot more, understand my obsession with personal finance, understand why I want to increase my income, understand that I’m dreaming about reaching Radical FIRE (financial independence retire early), and want to make that dream a reality with me.
A big part of why I’m writing this post right now and why I’m sticking to writing like nothing else I’ve ever done is because of you! The connection with others who are walking the same path is incredibly powerful to me. Even if you’re not walking the same path, you’re at least learning and thinking about it, that’s a lot more than most. I want to applaud you for that!
Our brain is wired to forget the process and just go for the end goal. While the end goal is amazing, the process is one I do not want to forget. I want to remember the process of getting to early retirement, how hard I worked, the things I learned, the mistakes I made, and the things I loved.
Boosting My Way To FI
One thing I didn’t anticipate is the financial part of the spectrum. I would not anticipate how writing this blog and reading dozens of blogs every day would motivate me to cut my spending and on getting me prepared for my retirement day.
You may remember my first monthly report, where I saved about 60% of my income. In my second monthly report, when I realized I could accelerate my path to Financial Independence, I saved about 75% of my income. In one month. Just because you made me aware of my spending!
You have me motivated to get financially independent before 35, which leaves me a little over 10 years to reach that. I have written about why I want to reach financial independence and you’ve also motivated me to think about what I want to do in early retirement. Reaching early retirement in 10 years is a stretch goal for sure, but I like to take a challenge.
Blogging Is So Worth It
When I started my financial independence journey, I was thinking to start a blog for accountability. Just to record my spending, saving, and progress to financial independence. Within a very short time, I’ve come to feel supported by you. By the positive comments, the good conversations, and the encouragement you are providing.
You’ve made me realized how far I’ve come, beyond the money. I love to write about this journey, maybe inspire a few people along the way. Prove them it’s possible to reach early retirement coming from nothing, inspire them to follow the path to financial independence as well, show them the numbers and make them realize that there is a different option than the traditional retirement road often followed.
What I’m trying to put into words is – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there in blog form. If you’re already blogging, try to share more of yourself. Try to not hide behind the numbers but share about your story. If you don’t have a blog yet, you can decide to start blogging. I can say from my own experience that blogging is so much fun!
It has become my number one hobby and I love to spend time on this! When I get up at 6 am every day I am contemplating my life choices at times, but I wouldn’t want to change it for the world!
Blogging has positively impacted my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined! Thanks to all the amazing people who’ve made it a journey of growth, of joy, and of community!
Do you have a blog? How has blogging impacted you?