The yearning to retire early must be a common one. I have thought about how to retire early more times than I can count, and I’m only 29!
It is the 21st of January 2017.
I’m 29 years old, I work in construction as a site engineer, here I sit in front of my computer screen at work on a Saturday. I was made to come in because construction is behind schedule and we need to work today to catch up. I’m a salaried employee so I get no extra money for coming into work today, I get no time in lieu. Today it is all for love, love that I quite frankly do not have.
This week I worked 10 to 12 hours per day for 5 days, when my contract says 7.6 hours per day. All overtime is unpaid. The last thing I want to do this Saturday morning is donate even more of my free time.
Apart from the long work hours, I often don’t mind, or dare I say, I can even enjoy my job in the moment. It pays well, I feel like I am really achieving something and the people I work with are great colleagues and mentors. However any illusion that what I have is a work life balance is seriously delusional.
Something has to change…
Retiring early now seems like a realistic goal for me.
So I write this first blog post as a mini silent protest.
I’ve decided today to work toward ending it all, I want to retire super early. I’ve seen many blogs and articles about how people have saved money, lived frugally and retired early, my favourite by far is
Another noteworthy blog I read is
But these are blogs started by people that have already obtained their financial freedom. They’ve done the hard yards, mostly in private and then when they have reached their personal goals they have shared their success with the world. The advice they give (at least the ones I’ve been able to find) all seems to be very American focused. Most of the saving and investing advice given relates to the American tax system, stock market, products and stores. These have been a great motivator for me. A lot of the advice transcends the great ocean divide but it’s not all directly transferable. Furthermore some of the advice that is true for the American audience is bad advice for an Australian audience.
This blog is different, it begins at the start of the journey, to explore the struggles, the hindrances and the petty frustrations along the way. I hope to share my money saving strategies, to learn and to gain support. But mostly I just want somewhere to rant when I am feeling beat down by the journey.
I also aim to have a much more Australian based focus (as that is where I currently live and earn).
I am retiring in 10 years.
So join me on this journey, live vicariously through me, or use my journey to motivate you. It’s going to be tough but we can do it.