Hello ERE Inspirations -
I'm a long time lurker (I'm really not much of a joiner typically) who got frustratingly stuck in the 21 day makeover a few years ago. So while occasionally stopping by the site over the last year I haven't taken enough concrete steps on the road to ERE. I cut cable, landline, and housecleaner but couldn't sell the condo and ditch the extra bedroom so I've stagnated a bit.
The breakthrough for me was this July when I was on vacation and started crying (hence the moniker) while thinking about going back to the office. It was a depressing moment and not even all that much about my job (which I actually like) but about time and freedom which seem so elusive.
I'm a 36 year old female in the Pacific Northwest where I've worked at a dot com for the last decade. I'd like to retire by 45 but I need to make actually progress on living on less. I'm hoping that by actively participating in the forums I will stay goal focused and succeed in getting on the road to ERE. My immediate goals are budgeting and finding a cheaper place to live so a year from now I'm not having the same conversations with myself about what to do with the condo and the amount of $$ I waste in exorbitant bar and restaurant tabs.
I'm considering moving into my parents guest house so I read the threads on living with your parents with great interest but I'm particularly curious to hear any stories success/failure with regards to increasing commute time by 10x in order to take advantage of cheaper (or free housing).
Before I take the plunge and move that far away I'm going to do the practice commute for a week in September but I wonder if there are any learnings from the experts on commute/ move from the city to the suburbs.
Many thanks for all your inspiration and advice to come - CITP