Welcome to my blog! If you are a millennial who hates the rat race, this is the place to be!
I started this to document my journey to Financial Independence. My goal is to help guide my fellow millennials (that’s right, all you youngins out there. Yes, you.) along similar paths to financial freedom. Millennials are a group of people born anywhere from roughly the early eighties to the 2000’s. Basically, at the time of writing, anyone who can drive up to 30 some odd year olds.
A lot of the financial blogs out there are dedicated to older people who are set in their lives and want to make changes. My blog is not for them. I’m writing to the young kids in college, just graduated and the young professionals. If you’re older and reading, FANTASTIC. You’ll probably stroke your chin and say, hmmm that’s an interesting way of looking at that issue, or you’ll shake your head and say, wow this generation is fucked if this is news to her. Being younger has pros and cons. The best part about being young is we haven’t had as many time to make so many bad mistakes. We’re the financial equivalent of a clean slate. One con is just a simple lack of experience. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned in the adult world, and I’m hoping that we can grow and learn together!
I suppose I should introduce myself a bit better. I’m Gwen. I’m 25, located in the Midwest, and somewhat happily employed in the IT sector. From an early age, I’ve always had an obsession with money. When I was younger, I was obsessed with obtaining more of it so I could have more things, namely candy from the gas station and replacement fees for lost library cards. Seriously, I don’t know what it was about those slippery little buggers, but I must’ve lost at least a dozen cards. Same goes for house keys.
Fortunately for my present and future self, I haven’t lost that obsession, but I have set new sights: Financial Independence, Early Retirement, Fuck You money, whatever you want to call it, I want it. I interned at a Fortune 500 company the summer before my last semester in college and discovered working 8+ hours a day kinda sucked ass. Like, a lot. It seemed like I was constantly doing only one of 3 activities: sleeping, eating, or working. Where was all the free time I had in college? Even weekends didn’t feel like enough. Something had to give, because the thought of working in an office until I’m 65 makes me want to shoot myself in the face.
By working my tail off, saving as much as I can and having a passive income stream from some rentals, I’d like accumulate enough to retire by the time I’m 35 in 2025. Then I can do whatever I want! Travel the world for cheap, create fabric works of art, or even just have both parents around for any future kids I might have.
So, welcome to FIRE‑y Millennials! Better buckle up because it’s going to be a wild ride!