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UK-with-kids
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ERE we go then

Post by UK-with-kids » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:37 am

Hello everybody

I decided to call myself "UK-with-kids" as that covers off two of the biggest factors which will affect my journey to FI/(E)RE.

I was on consumer sucker cruise control when I discovered MMM and then ERE in 2012. I'd just been laid off from work around the time my DD no.1 was born, and we were also right in the middle of some expensive home improvements. Cue a mini mid-life crisis which you could say has been dragging on ever since. Fortunately it's been more about deciding what I want to spend the rest of my life doing rather than the kind where you go out and make the situation even worse by buying a sports car on credit!

I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog for ages, but instead I thought I'd join this forum as I've been lurking for a while and I like the quality of discussion and thoughtfulness of the contributors. This way I can jot down my thoughts and probably start my own journal page, but without the pressure of a regular posting schedule or the need to optimise my writing or generate traffic.

I come out as INTJ every time I do the online tests, with introversion as my strongest score. I'm male but in a household with three females - my SO and 2x DDs.

Looking forward to getting to know some people on here and being part of the community. In the real world I only know one person who is pursuing FI, and nobody with an interest in ERE or simple living specifically.

TIA,
UWK

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by BRUTE » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:24 am

hi

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by wolf » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:33 am

Welcome UWK!

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by prognastat » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:47 pm

Welcome to the forums. Hope there'll be plenty more good discussion to be had.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by UK-with-kids » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:08 am

BRUTE wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:24 am
hi
Hi BRUTE. I read BRUTE's journal. It got me thinking about the difference between distractions (like cat videos and dogs) and finding meaning (like having kids or establishing a colony on Mars). If there is a difference that is; maybe it's a continuum. I also liked hearing about BRUTE's diet as I don't get on with carbs very well either.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by UK-with-kids » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:01 pm

wolf wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:33 am
Welcome UWK!
Thanks, wolf. I just read through your journal (the newer one). Your low level of expenses is very impressive, and your lifestyle sounds great. I also like the subject lines of some of the other discussions you have started, although I haven't read any of them yet.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by SavingWithBabies » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:33 pm

Welcome! I'm also going down this path with two kids (two young boys) and my wife. Getting laid off a while back pushed me to start a side business and get serious about FI/ERE. Looking forward to following your journey.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by UK-with-kids » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:35 pm

prognastat wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:47 pm
Welcome to the forums. Hope there'll be plenty more good discussion to be had.
Thanks, prognastat. Hope your divorce goes ok, sounds like you are seeing it as an opportunity to improve your life. I bet all that exercise and losing weight is making you feel good about yourself.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by prognastat » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:45 pm

Thanks, yeah definitely hoping to use it as a jumping off point. It's not great in the moment, but the best I can do is make sure it helps improve things down the line.

As for the health portion of it, I feel so much better. Despite working out constantly I have more energy than ever. I'd say I have more energy now than I did 8 years ago.

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Re: ERE we go then

Post by UK-with-kids » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:42 pm

SavingWithBabies wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:33 pm
Welcome! I'm also going down this path with two kids (two young boys) and my wife. Getting laid off a while back pushed me to start a side business and get serious about FI/ERE. Looking forward to following your journey.
Thanks SWB. We have a side business as well, which I'll get round to writing about at some point. It's definitely the way to go once your earn-per-hour capability is maxxing out.

Well done for losing so much weight, very impressive. I'm not sure how much you can do without hurting your back, but if you do a type of exercise that builds muscle (e.g weights rather than cycling) then your body will require more calories even when resting, which might help with the plateau you're reaching as a result of eating the same calories at a lower weight.

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