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It’s our 1 year anniversary!

Yeah, 1 year old!

Yeah, 1 year old!

I can’t believe it but it was a year ago that we decided to start this blog. It was a Friday off, and we were enjoying some coffee, on our sort of a “date morning” where we get 30-40 minutes to just catch up and talk about whatever and not be dealing with two demanding little humans. I love ’em, but man!. That week, our conversation was all about our FIRE plans. We’d been discussing it for real, because my brain finally accepted that, “Yes, yes we CAN do this and it’s not a pipe dream!” I was mainly quizzing Mrs. SSC about the intricacies, when she mentioned other blogs she had found that had kids and were in our situation, like Mixing Maroons and Big Guy Money.

I’d recently begun to dig around ol’ Mister Money Moustache and find that not everyone on there was an uber ER extremist, and that was heartening. This was when he was still cranking out posts regularly with his “clown car” and “sheeple” bravado if you can call it that, but all of his posts were great food for thought. They reaffirmed that I don’t need things to be happy, and trying to acquire things to achieve happiness is not a sustainable or healthy lifestyle. It had been a turning point a year or so earlier when I’d broken myself of my, “oh shiny! buy-now, oh shinier, buy now, oh! more shiny! Buy, buy, buy!” sort of lifestyle.

Exploring different blogs, I realized that “hey, everyone has their own thing going on, and our plan is going to be our plan.” Like everyone out there, they all have their strategy to get to FIRE and we have ours. I also realized there shouldn’t be a hangup with our plan being different from everyone elses, because, well it should be different, it’s ours. Reminded me of Full Metal Jacket a little, “This is our FIRE plan! There are many like it, but this one is ours!”  Hahaha….

You WILL retire early, or so help me!!!

You WILL retire early, or so help me!!!

I remember the newby-ness of WordPress, and it seemed so foreign. Yet, I still get SO frustrated when I add a picture that has been turned the right way up, and I’ve snagged it the right way up and re-saved it the right way up, only to have WP turn it sideways when it gets emailed out, GAH!!!!! WTF WordPress?! Anyone else get that? Like this pic (although it will probably look right today).

Yep, that's my favorite mug to drink coffee from.

Yep, that’s my favorite mug to drink coffee from.

How do you fix it? GAH!!!!! But I digress…

It’s been 52 weeks and there have been 69 posts, and 682 comments! I can’t believe there are 69 posts, I mean a year ago I would have thought, what kind of crap serious financial gobbeledy-gook insights do I have? I don’t pay attention to that stuff, I rarely even know the price of oil within $20 and that’s my OWN industry, what views will I have to put out there? All the wrong kind, let me tell you. I know how to burn through money, make bad decisions, and live it up, above my means with the best of ’em!

So at least in the beginning, that was my voice and how I wrote. I find I still gravitate towards that sometimes, but I find it easier now to understand where those bad habits came from, why I felt that they were justified, and what it took me to break them. If I figure out how to put that all out there coherently in under 10,000 words, you’ll hear about it. It’s a twisted story my friends, but maybe one day… Besides, I’m sure more than a few of you have probably had your own version of the same experiences. Maybe we could start a “Before FI” series – Oooohhhh….

Now, I just like to write about what’s on my mind, and how our FIRE FFLC affects everything and a lot of our seemingly little decisions can affect that date. It’s also made me realize that while financial security and a constant paycheck is great, it ain’t everything. I’d rather take a chance and walk away from my industry and career while I’m just getting to that “show me the money” stage to have more time to get to make memories with my wife and kids. Having those little guys around has made the ER goal even more concreted into my brain because I’d love to have more time with them.

I got to spend the last weekend with my 2 yr old daughter, it was just us, and except for Friday, we didn’t even leave the house. We gave each other multiple “haircuts”, threw balls across the house, and each time she’d say “one more time throw ball!” and about 15 times later she went to go do something else. We played dress up with her baby dolls, and had lots of tea parties. Heck, we didn’t even get out of our pajamas all of Saturday and Sunday. We had a blast just getting to hang out and be, and cook, and play chase, and do what we wanted. When I dropped her off Monday morning at daycare, she was crying and sobbing, and I felt like it too, because I’d much rather have another day getting to hang with her than go to work.

A lot can change in a year, and I can’t even begin to guess what a year from now will look like in our household, much less many of yours. Steve at Think Save Retire is planning on being done in 2016, and looking at Even Steven Money’s Financial Independence Day list, a LOT of you guys, that I follow anyway, are looking at 2017! It should make for some interesting reading, while I’m in my office… Hahaha!

Until then, I’ll keep cranking out some posts and thoughts and do my best to keep it entertaining. I can’t say there won’t be more song and music analogies in there, because I do love music and find lots of ways to relate lyrics into real life, if you hadn’t noticed. :) Thanks for a great year, and thank youall for putting out the great content you do that keeps me  coming back for more. You all have been super supportive, helpful, and dang interesting to follow and get to know!

26 thoughts on “It’s our 1 year anniversary!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks, and I agree, it’s interesting reading how everyone has their different approach to their blog and goals.

  1. TheMoneyMine

    Congratulations on the 1 year anniversary.
    This is exciting to see that folks in the community will start retiring next year before an avalanche of FIRE happens in 2017. There will be for sure some interesting reading going on.
    Happy first year and to many more!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! I’m excited about reading about the folks hitting their FIRE dates in 2017, should be some good times to hear about!

  2. amber tree

    Happy anniversary with the blog. I look forward to read your stories on how to reach FIRE with a family.

    Don’t worry too much about spending the next years in the office, so will I and many others.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! There are many more people that will probably spending many, many more years in an office than most of us, so in the overall scheme of things, it’s still pretty short term. It just feels like forever sometimes. :)

  3. Fervent Finance

    Bragging about your 9-80 work plan again… I see how it is. Congrats on the first year! I’ve only been doing this for 7 months now, can’t wait to see where I am in another 5 months and how my plans, account balances, and life in general has changed. Take care!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      I do love that schedule. :) It’s cool to see how much the blog has changed my way of looking at things, and keeping track of stuff so much more closely now has even been a big change for me. I can only imagine what the next year will bring!

  4. Steve @ MyFamilyOnABudget

    Great post and congratulations on making it to the one year mark! That is exciting! It’s great to look back and reflect on where you started and how far you’ve come. It looks like you’ve learned a great deal in that time period and it shows! Keep up the great posts and I look forward to following you on your journey!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks, it is exciting. I was working on a separate post and got a “congrats on your 1 year anniversary” email from WordPress. I was shocked it had been a year already. Time flies! It has been fun and I’ve seen a lot of growth in myself in a lot of ways. one of the best new hobbies I’ve picked up in a long time!

  5. Steve @ Think Save Retire

    Happy anniversary! The one-year mark is an important one – it means that you’re still on the straight and narrow pursuing your goals and your blog is active enough to encourage you to continue keeping it around. And the friends that you can make in this community, in just a year’s time, is truly amazing.

    I haven’t had that same problem with WordPress inappropriately rotating images. Strange that it happens to you. I wonder what is giving WordPress the indication that the photo needs to be rotated?

    Weird! :)

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks Steve! When we started I really was kind of worried I’d have enough to say to post enough for a year, but then it’s amazing how once you start focusing on FIRE and finances and goals, the ideas for posts come from everyday interactions. I feel like I have more friends in the blog community than real life sometimes, as busy as our schedules are. :)
      As far as the photo’s, I’ve noticed it mainly occurs when I use “phone pics.” Even if I rotate them and “snip” them to save as a separate jpeg and then import them, it will sometimes rotate them, like the mug pic. Even if they weren’t taken from a horizontal angle to begin with. I noticed it with some other blogs, but not many. Weird indeed….

  6. Our Next Life

    Happy blogiversary! I have major love for our little FIRE blogger community, and it sounds like you feel it, too. There’s a wonderful virtuous cycle of inspiration and sharing going on, and your stats for the year speak to that!

    Also loved the story about spending the weekend with your daughter. Such a sweet memory for you, I’m sure!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! I love the blog community too, and my reach into it just keeps growing as I find new blogs and try to expand to twitter. That’s a whole other realm of something to stay on top of, but it’s just because it hasn’t become habit yet.
      I really feel like I’ve grown a lot from seeing other’s stories and getting inspired and having something to think about for a few days. The same with writing my posts, they make me think about “why” more deeply and not just respond with “because…” :)

      My daughter and I had a blast this weekend, and while she may not remember it, I know I definitely will.

  7. Even Steven

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!!! I am still waiting to add a certain somebodies to the Financial Independence Day List……please join la revolution!!!!

  8. Elephant Eater

    Congrats on sticking with it. I only found your blog recently but really enjoy reading your thoughts. Our daughter will be turning 3 in about a month and I share your feelings of how it sucks to take her to daycare, especially on Monday mornings. It really has me looking for ways to get more creative to get out of the normal 40 hour/week work force sooner than later as our FI date will give us only about a year before she would then be ready to start school.

    And as for the flipped pictures, I can’t figure that out either but if you do PLEASE send me an e-mail with the fix as it drives me insane also.


    1. Mr SSC Post author

      If I figure it out, I definitely will post something. We’re trying to get more creative with exiting even earlier too. Let me know if you figure something out on that end!


    Just found your blog today and am enjoying the articles. Congratulations on your anniversary (what my son used to call ‘annibirthday’) and keep the posts coming! I’m a little closer to my FIRE escape date than you are (7 months to go), but it’s great to see how other people are thinking about this ‘crazy’ lifestyle transformation.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! Man, I can’t wait until I’m down to 7 months, that has to be a good feeling, congratulations on that!

  10. May

    Congratulations on one year! It is a huge accomplishment. I think it is great that everyone “has their own thing going on” – I have learned that everyone has their own twist to the FI path. Cheers.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Yeah the year flew by! I was surprised it went so quickly and still seemed so easy, but I guess that means I’m doing something right, or I would’ve quit posting stuff about 9 months ago. :)

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