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by Matty
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

Hey guys, time for an update! Work I have accepted a 2 year full-time contract starting on the 20th of Feb. It’s quite funny as I had planned to stop looking for work at the end of 2016, this was one of the last jobs I applied for before Christmas. I’ll be working in a similar industry but new compa...
by Matty
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

Hey Viktor. That’s a good question. If I had $450k I think I would do exactly the same thing! Bike touring, dirtbagging, volunteering and staying with family and friends are all things I would want to do anyway. Fortunately one secondary benefit of these activities is reduced expenses. So basically ...
by Matty
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

From salary-man to working-man So far I have had no success in securing a full-time job! Jobs are scarce and competition fierce for work I am qualified and capable in. Plus I am unable to muster up much motivation for the dreaded "networking"! As spring has arrived, gardens have started to grow so ...
by Matty
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: An American Millennial
Replies: 325
Views: 63765

Re: An American Millennial

Hey Viktor. Nice to see another climber around here! The good thing about climbing is that after an initial upfront cost, ongoing costs are minimal. I find that climbing hardware depreciates at a fairly low rate and lasts a long time if cared for, making the lifetime cost minimal. The killer can be ...
by Matty
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:58 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: JL's journal
Replies: 49
Views: 11940

Re: JL's journal

Hey JL, thanks for the journal so far and congrats on the resignation! It’s helpful to see others on the semi-ERE path. My plan is pretty similar. It appears our interests are similar too: bike touring and surfing! If you’re ever looking for a spot to surf over the European winter, from my research ...
by Matty
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 503
Views: 114817

Re: the animal's journal

Hey mate, I can appreciate the point you made about not having many people to relate to regarding big life decisions. Lucky we have these forums, with so many people treading their own path, to inspire and motivate us! I’d say getting a trade would be a good investment. Once qualified you would have...
by Matty
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

I thought I would provide a brief update: I didn’t manage to secure another job before my contract ran out at the end of June so for the past few weeks I have been unemployed! I’ve had a few good interviews but no luck sealing the deal at this stage. I have been finding about 5 suitable jobs each we...
by Matty
Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: C40's Journal
Replies: 1074
Views: 246517

Re: C40's Journal

Nice work man! Interesting to see how perspectives can change with just a few days on the other side.

Wishing you all the best in your future adventures. I look forward to seeing where they lead!
by Matty
Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 503
Views: 114817

Re: the animal's journal

Well done on the "race"! 110 miles is a lot of distance to cover on foot in 2 days. Have you ever covered that sort of distance in that time before? I guess having almost 24 hours of light in the middle of summer would be handy! Nice work on the hunting success too! That's something that I have had ...
by Matty
Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: The continued viability of the 4% rule in the US in the 21st century
Replies: 94
Views: 16981

Re: The continued viability of the 4% rule in the US in the 21st century

With a frugal lifestyle, the worst-case scenario for ERE-failure is returning to a less than ideal job. A distasteful yet temporary situation that isn’t so bad in the scheme of human problems. Compare that to the risk of death before you had a chance to do what you really wanted to do in life becaus...
by Matty
Mon May 30, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Should I quit now, or keep working?
Replies: 25
Views: 4336

Re: Should I quit now, or keep working?

Sounds like you might have made up your mind but here’s my two cents: I would say you have reached the point of diminishing returns for this job. You have enough to live on for a very long time and can always earn some additional money in the future if required. I would quit and focus on seeking opp...
by Matty
Sun May 22, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

Biking So I’m back from my bike trip! It took me 14 days of riding to cover a total of 870km. The trip was a success and I had an awesome time. I enjoyed the simplicity of waking up to birdsong, eating breakfast with the sunrise, riding, eating, riding, eating, reading and sleeping. I also really e...
by Matty
Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

Time for an update! Work Work has been cruisy this year. I have taken several weeks of leave over the last few months and I’m currently one week in to a four-week break. I pretty much have the ideal balance with my work situation at the moment. Unfortunately my part-time contract is coming to an end...
by Matty
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: List your top three to fiveish typical dinner menus
Replies: 147
Views: 28366

Re: List your top three to fiveish typical dinner menus

I generally batch cook chilli con carne once a month and make around 20 servings of ~1000 calories each. It makes a good hearty meal. My basic recipie is to aim for a 1:1:1:1 ratio of beef mince, kidney beans, red lentils and brown rice. Plus tomatoes, spices, onions, garlic, butter and whatever oth...
by Matty
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Zarathustra's Journal
Replies: 92
Views: 20276

Re: Zarathustra's Journal

I third C40 and thrifty++

You seem to be reaping the benefits of ERE from the get go. I hope to follow a similar path and it's helpful to read a real world example of someone who is living it. Thanks!
by Matty
Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Your top advice for hitting the ground running when right out of college?
Replies: 14
Views: 2509

Re: Your top advice for hitting the ground running when right out of college?

All looks like good advice so far. I'm half way through my twenties and pretty happy with how i've done. I would add try to avoid spending too much time fluffing around trying to find your dream job/career/life. For example. A suprising number of my peers have gone on to do second or even third degr...
by Matty
Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 12929

Re: Matty's Journal

General updates Work & the future I just came back to work after a few weeks off over Christmas. After 6 months of working part-time I have adapted to my new lifestyle and am dreaming about the next big change. I have another 6 months left on my part-time contract. In that time I need to either a) ...
by Matty
Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Re: Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE

@OldPro - Over the short-medium term my goal starting sometime next year is to not work for a while, ride my bike across a few states/countries, surf and rockclimb. My goal over the long term is no more than “maintain flexibility to allow me to pursue whatever I may be interested in at the time”. My...
by Matty
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Re: Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE

Thanks for the replies guys. I should have mentioned my figures were in AUD so $15-20k is more like $10-15k USD at the moment which might sound a bit more realistic. Also the minimum wage in Australia is AU$34k per year (AU$17k for 6 months) so a lot of the jobs mentioned would meet my requirements ...
by Matty
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Seasonal and intermittent jobs during semi-ERE

I’ve been trying to think of short term jobs (3-6 months) that could easily be picked up each year in between 6-9 month periods of travel, adventure, hiking, bike touring etc. My target income each year would be around $15-20k to cover living/travelling expenses for the year plus a small contributio...