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by trailblazer
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Random update time . . . With the dawning of a new decade (2020!) I’ve been pondering where I want to be 10 years from now when we welcome 2030. Now that I’ve entered my 40s (age wise) it feels like this is the make or break decade in my life. I have three main goals: 1) vocation; 2) relationship - ...
by trailblazer
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

I'm curious to read those, if you feel like sharing. Glad you enjoyed the time off and good luck on the next venture. Thanks @c_L for your continued interest! I need to do a more detailed post, but in short part of me thinks I could do well in a truly entrepreneurial start-up type situation, but I ...
by trailblazer
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

What made you decide it was time to take the months off? Burn out, tired, just felt the urge? A little of each, but I’ll go with “just felt the urge.” The start-up gig was beginning to feel a bit too much like traditional full-time employment, and I had an urge to hit the road and travel. I’ve now ...
by trailblazer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Time for an update - it's been a while! I'm in Europe right now enjoying a 3 month break from work. Net worth still sits right at 350K. Psychologically that always feels like "enough" to me and I lose all motivation to earn more income. I'm supposed to go back to work next month. The senior guys/inv...
by trailblazer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ERE Experiment - Vagabonding On A Shoestring Budget
Replies: 650
Views: 102375

Re: 65 Days To ERE - Backpacking, Thru-Hiking, Van-Living & Shenanigans!

Sabbaticals are rarely planned in the American corporate career path. Fully agree and it's a shame. My concern in this case is that the sabbatical is not planned from the perspective of the employer. If in an FU situation, then may as well go for the leave. But I think it is at best a risky move if...
by trailblazer
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ERE Experiment - Vagabonding On A Shoestring Budget
Replies: 650
Views: 102375

Re: 65 Days To ERE - Backpacking, Thru-Hiking, Van-Living & Shenanigans!

Congrats on your continued progress. After all these years of preparation, taking the extended time off is going to give you some great additional data points about what to do next! I think there's one other option between "rage quit" and "tough it out". What would happen if you just explained your ...
by trailblazer
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Thanks everyone for the dialogue! My current spending is designed to maximize convenience and eliminate all time and mental energy not spent on either 1) work or 2) intentional free time activities (e.g., reading, strength training, writing this journal entry, meditative walk, etc.). Convenience inc...
by trailblazer
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

One More Year

One More Year I continue to read the ERE forums regularly and am probably the poster child of a lurker - thanks to everyone who posts daily - the quality and general sobriety of dialogue is quite unique. I’m finishing my first year of start-up life, and leaning toward signing up for year #2. Highli...
by trailblazer
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: 7Wannabe5-Take 5
Replies: 210
Views: 26320

Re: 7Wannabe5-Take 5

I’m really enjoying your take on WSP. I think the rare book business is very much consistent with what they teach. If you can make a reasonable income then go for it. They have a number of blog posts mentioning their own work as watch repairmen that they used to earn extra money. Go ahead and skip t...
by trailblazer
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Thank c_L - close to 100% of the enjoyment is due to FI. When I finished school and started my career I had over 170K in debt. My starting salary was 60K, I hated the job, and things felt pretty hopeless. I now have enough to survive (and even “thrive” if I fully follow ERE principles). I just had a...
by trailblazer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

End of Year Update I’ve been taking a ton of career risk due to the confidence that my knowledge of ERE principles has provided such as telling clients I’m not interested in certain projects (something I never would have done in a prior life). One client in particular was aghast, but it actually led...
by trailblazer
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Random update time. I wish I could post more on this forum but frankly it’s a really high caliber of discussion here and I don’t often have much to add. Still plugging away at the start up adventure. Negotiated for a higher equity stake - I said I’m quitting and they doubled my equity. I would still...
by trailblazer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

2Birds1Stone wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:44 pm
The only thing I honestly cringed at, is the amount of garbage
Thus the need for housekeeping! :)
by trailblazer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Would you mind sharing a rough idea of how much you're currently spending per month (with and without rent if possible). I'm toying with the idea of moving into NYC vs having my current commute. Since you asked . . . Rent 3,200 Housekeeping 200 Bills 350 Food 1,200 Sundries 500 Life 1,000 Savings 2...
by trailblazer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

It’s random update time! Still plugging away at the start up adventure. Breaking even in terms of net worth. Spending way too much but am living within my means. Insane amounts of money on food and rent. Not sure I even qualify as “ERE” at this point but I do have just enough saved up saved up that ...
by trailblazer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ERE Experiment - Vagabonding On A Shoestring Budget
Replies: 650
Views: 102375

Re: 2Birds1Stones' Musings

Good update. I’d write a longer more thoughtful response, but am stressed out by my own start up adventure :D I think it’s hard to continue accumulating net worth in that environment, other than a potential big payout at tail end. Personally I’m breaking even in terms of net worth and otherwise just...
by trailblazer
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

@wolf - I think small talk is important. I’ve been making more of an effort to engage in it. OTOH so superficial, but it’s a gateway. It also helps take the edge off any feelings of isolation. Doesn’t exactly solve them but helps. INTX can so easily slip into isolation. I got offered a job by a clie...
by trailblazer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Fear of commitment. What to do?
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Fear of commitment. What to do?

I think you need to put yourself in a situation where many people can be exposed to your unique combination of strengths and weaknesses. Could be the military, some random job for an oil company, or whatever. The point is that I suspect you have a lot to offer - based on your adventures to date - bu...
by trailblazer
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

Thanks 2Birds. Probably a bad idea. Fidelity makes it so easy. Click one button and all growth is mine forever. Congrats on your new job - look forward to hearing how it plays out.
by trailblazer
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Trailblazer's Journal
Replies: 123
Views: 22183

Re: Trailblazer's Journal

@wolf - thanks for your thoughtful comments. I've been thinking more about quality vs. quantity. I definitely prefer quality but there is something to be said for quantity as well. Takes away the pressure of expecting too much (or too many different things) from any one relationship. Also allows som...