I ran the numbers 50 different ways before we stepped away from our jobs. I tried to find every story out there. How much would this really cost? Would this set us back and waste all the work we put in? Is this the stupidest idea I’d ever had? Well, we are over two years in. Here’s what happened and all the numbers.
I turned 33. Gave birth to our 6th child (2nd biological). Started writing this blog. Went full in on our first minimalism challenge. Got rid of close to 50% of our stuff. Visited friends and family. Traveled on a 6 week trip in our pop-up camper. Got my first freelance writing job. Adam took classes that were interesting to him at the community college with his GI Bill. I gave a talk to a MOPS group. Build out our master bathroom from the studs.
Here is what all that cost:
Our giving for 2016 was $6400. I use to track giving in these expenses but now mention them separately.
Year 2: Mini-Retirement Recap
I turned 34. Started doing some marketing/branding/SEO work. Started money mentoring, which actually turned out to be mostly blog/entrepreneur mentoring. Mentoring retreat in Vegas with my best friend. Did some public speaking. Planted a great garden. Traveled to the beach for 2 weeks. Renovated our rental property. Traveled to see family. Built out a blog course based on the 1-on-1 mentoring (did an internal launch and affiliate launch). Launched a Mini-Retirement course (beta, then internally, and as we speak a large affiliate launch). Went