Financially Free?

This FIRE community rocks, y’all. There are amazingly smart bloggers who write some really deep articles that really make you stop, think, scratch your head, think some more, write a comment at 5 am, and then enjoy some more thinking. Ms. Our Next Life is no exception to this. She recently posted an article on … Read more…

Rental Property #1

Well everybody, it’s official. I am a homeowner! Perhaps more importantly in this context, I’m also now a landlord! “Ok Gwen, that’s cool, BUT SHARE THE DETAILS! WE’VE BEEN TEASED ENOUGH!!” Alright, alright, alright. Here’s the numbers and information on my very first rental property! Stats: Triplex Unit #1: 1 bedroom, 1 bath Unit #2: 1 … Read more…

My Vision of FI: Phase One

I’ve written previously about my plan for financial independence. Twice, actually. Once in My 10 Year Plan post and again in it’s sequel, My 10 Year Plan: 2016 Update. I know, I’m real good at coming up with titles. Be jealous of my skillz. For those of you that have just stumbled across this little … Read more…

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

I’ve mentioned my experience in the military here and there, but I haven’t really gone into any detail about it. I’ve gotten several requests to talk about various aspects of being in the military and I’m happy to oblige! I don’t really like to bring up being in the military in my every day to … Read more…

My Investments

Before we dive deep into the world of investments, I want to make clear I am not a financial adviser. What I write should not be taken for advice. I don’t even know if I’m doing this thing right! That being said, I’ve received a few emails asking me what I invest in, what my … Read more…

Monthly Status Report: January 2017

Why do I do a monthly status report? I find it best to do a monthly status report for a few reasons. It helps me evaluate how I did the previous month. Did I hit a target reduction in spending or did I go way over budget for a par­tic­u­lar category? Did I earn more? What was … Read more…

House Hunt: Round 2

A lot has changed in the last year! Many of you are new readers since then (super happy you’re here!), so you might not know I attempted to buy a multi-family rental property about this time last year. Fortunately, I documented the entire saga so you can quick go back and refresh what happened to … Read more…