This is not your typical FIRE blog, and I’m not an average FIRE blogger. Financial Independence was never a goal of mine; its presence in my life was a discovery. A few years ago, I learned of the concept, realized I already had enough to retire early, and have been grasping for good reasons not to retire ever since.
I’ve got a good job. I don’t love every aspect of the work I do, but it’s not a job I’ve been desperate to escape from. I know there are a number of things I will miss when I leave my anesthesia career, and I’ve been putting that day off for awhile now with a number of tactics that I believe will serve me well in the future.
Delaying Early Retirement
I wasn’t going to retire before my fortieth birthday just because the numbers suggested I could. I figured I would need a few years to figure out if that’s what I really wanted to do with my life. I also had to figure out what I would do next.
Those questions have been answered. I do plan to retire from medicine in the next year or two. I’ve got a list of 50 things I’d like to do with more free time, and I’ll be transitioning to this non-clinical career of a personal finance blogger. Call it semi-retirement or whatever you like.
While sorting these things out, I employed three tactics to ensure I’d be working a while:
I set a higher goal of Financial Freedom at 36x annual expenses. I started earning less by transitioning to a part time schedule. I set a goal to build up our Donor Advised Funds to 10% of our nest egg goal. My History With Donor Advised Funds