LiquidSapphire's Journal

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Post by Chris » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:51 am

Well that's a big change. Guess you can go to Europe now, huh? If you avoid northern Europe, you can probably live cheaper as a slow-travel tourist than you could living alone in Denver.

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Post by chenda » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:09 am

Sorry your move didn't work out, sounds like you're in a great position though. Are you still running your side business ?

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Post by LiquidSapphire » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:03 pm

Travel just doesn't interest me now... I'm in Denver still. I am renting a place for $700/mo plus utilities (got a roommate - still more than I want to pay but at least it's in the realm of sanity) and I did end up getting a $1250 car, a 94 Lincoln Continental, single owner, with 72000 miles. Totally not living ERE style right now but this year is a transition year for me so a few other things are more important than staying under $1125 for the month. Still doing my side biz for now but looking to possibly transition away... started a blog last month for any and all who are interested. :) Have about 30 posts up, 5 scheduled, about 60 drafts, I think I'll be going for a while. I'd eventually like to monetize it - and am stumbling toward that - the blog is basically about just trying to make my life as good as it can be and blogging all of the shit I'm doing in that effort. You can find it at lifenewandimproved.com.

Wishing you all the best in reaching your own ERE goals - I may start poking around here for inspiration once I start becoming more financially focused again. :)

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Re: LiquidSapphire's Journal

Post by Ego » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:39 pm

LiquidSapphire wrote:lifenewandimproved.com
This is incredible!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by C40 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:43 pm

I like it!! And that's a log of posts really quickly. Wow!

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Post by steelerfan » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:59 am

LS

Super nice. I enjoyed reading some of your new blog and hope it is fruitful and cathartic. You have put yourself out there in a way I never could. Very inspiring and obviously a lot of work. I am not sure I would have linked myself back to this forum but I am paranoid enough to to obscure my identity online as much as possible and keep a low profile. I also avoid social media for the same reason. I have had coworkers that got into big trouble up to and including termination for their free expression on social media (which is no longer your concern). As an older forum member with kids that need support (hs/college), my scenario is playing out differently than most but there is still lots to learn here. I have ordered our life to enable an escape in short order (basically immediately) once the kids are properly stood up. My wife has softened her stance over the years regarding ER so perhaps there is hope LOL! She just had a friend/co-worker that dropped at 44 (F thin vegan). I also have had 4 people in our office of 85 pass away in the last year and a half. You never know when your ticket is going to be punched so we all need to determine what are priorities currently are vs what they should be.


I read your journal cover to cover back in the day and still will always read any new posts such as this. As a SW Jeffco "Littleton" resident/Lakewood worker bee, I am rooting for you. Best wishes for you!!!

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Post by TheWanderingScholar » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:00 am

Chris wrote:Well that's a big change. Guess you can go to Europe now, huh? If you avoid northern Europe, you can probably live cheaper as a slow-travel tourist than you could living alone in Denver.

Even in the Baltics you can even pull that off, from personal experience. During off-season for travelling like winter and fall means you can find cheap rooms (found a hostel that charged five euros per night in an eight person room; turns out besides the first night, I was by myself in it. :) ). The really expensive parts are the Nordic countries.

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Post by taemoo » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:48 pm

Great blog, very inspirational.

This was one of the journals I followed from early on in real time, looking forward to reading more

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Post by LiquidSapphire » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:47 pm

I am soooooo glad you guys like it! First people other than people I know in real life that I've managed to share it with. I can't tell you how much it all means to me! Made my day! :)

Thank you ego and C40 and taemoo :)

Feel free to subscribe to get posts emailed, like on facebook, follow on Twitter, all that jazz... at some point I hope to get a newsletter going. If you find a post that you like or speaks to you - let me know! Would love to hear it. Would also love any sharing that you all may be inspired to do. :)

steelerfan -

I had to think long and hard about how to do this, and what my voice would be... but basically I am thinking my ticket to growth right now is authenticity and being 'real'. People want authenticity and realness. So much 'fakery' going on now, especially in the world of Facebook and what not. People are so worried about managing their image and what people think of them, and blah blah blah. They are starving for someone to tell it like it is, to be real with them - I mean that is probably why Trump is here, because he's not toeing the PC line we are all so used to. People are starving for a real connection. And I don't mind being real. I am not ashamed of my choices. I own them. I made them. Some were not so great. Some were great. I will tell anyone who asks the exact same thing. I've had successes and failures. But funny thing is, people respond to both. You just don't get to hear about people's failures too often. No one wants to say "hey I fucked up" - but I'm getting to a point where I'm starting not to care. Because I know I have worth, and a message, even though I do fuck up sometimes. Successes are inspirational. Failures are "hey, I'm not alone in failure". I'm confident enough so far that I know in writing about my failures, it doesn't make me a lesser person, or anything like that... I failed... whatever... hopefully I'll learn from it. Hopefully you can learn from it too, so you don't have to fail like I did. Ya know? :) Glad to know I have a fellow Coloradoan checking up on me :) Stay warm this weekend.

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Re: LiquidSapphire's Journal

Post by wolf » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:22 pm

I like your posts and I am very interested in your journey and experiences. Now I gotta start at the beginning of your journal back in 2011. Keep on writing!

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Post by wolf » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:44 pm

Some two hours later I have finished reading your journal completely. So inspirational. Found out that you are also like 34 yo like myself. I am really interested in your plans to meaning in life and what you want to do in life. Currently I am thinking about my FIRE phase and what I will do after FI. If you ever visit Germany you could stop by.

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Post by LiquidSapphire » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:36 am

Hi there! Sorry I only log in now and again - but here I am :)
Not much has changed for me lately :)

I still live in Denver. My NW is $450,000ish. I have wildly varying income but enough that I'm not withdrawing any funds. I'm still putzing around with my blog, less so than before, but I still hope to make something of it soon. I've been less motivated in its direction and probably will shift it a little soon to make it easier to build. :)

My current goals are:
1) Lose 20 pounds - I'm training for a half marathon right now. I run about 5 days per week.
2) Get more spiritual - basically do a bunch of meditation, inner work, journaling, that sort of thing. I'm trying to be more consistent about this. It's been really rewarding- I feel I have changed an awful lot the past 4 months or so! I also became a Reiki Master - really enjoyed/am enjoying that very much!
3) Would like to meet someone I'm compatible with, a life partner, but have had three short lived relationships - so I've struck out for now. As conceited as this sounds, I think men find me intimidating after a short period of time? I guess most women don't have their shit together? When they see I don't "need" them to "fix" me or "help" me with anything concrete - like logistics, or money wise or anything like that, it seems like it makes them feel pretty insecure. Or maybe that's just the story I'm telling myself, haha :) Also - I am finding it difficult to find people that are able to accept my level of frugality - as an example - so many people that don't want kids are all about travel, Travel, TRAVEL, but in the conventional sense of the term, which I find very expensive. I like travel but I don't want to spend $10000+ per year on it.

Anyway I'm not really focusing much on this area at the moment... don't want kids so I'm not in a hurry. So I'm just working on my social network and having a ton of fun that way for now. I go to free city festivals, run, read internet things that interest me, practice reiki, meditate, I'm about to try a rock climbing gym, I play pick-up volleyball, I take swing lessons (once you pay for a full course the teacher let's you repeat for free :D), pub trivia, board game meets, and just general hanging out with friends... takes a surprising amount of time. My social network, for the first time in my life, is large enough that I am making it a thing to plan some unique outings for all of us once per month. I rented out a Laser Tag place for 35 adults last month - I got 35 people to pitch in financially $25 each and we had the whole place to ourselves! I really impressed myself with that one. Then I have 12 people meeting me at a karaoke bar tonight and we are going to make complete asses of ourselves. Next month I have a deal that if I can get 12 people to come with me, we can all go 'indoor skydiving' at a discount. I'm really enjoying being 'that girl' right now.
4) I'll probably shift my blog soon and work more on it, hope to drive more traffic soon.
5) If the blog ever makes money that'll make me super happy :) It'll happen once I find the right combination of effort and inspiration that matches me.

So I guess long term life goals:
1) Be a uplifting force for people through my reiki, my relationships with others, and through my blog
2) Have fun
3) Once the kitty I have passes, I'd like to foster shelter animals.
4) Travel a bit, have 300,000 frequent flier miles, will happen eventually, not in a hurry. I actually really enjoy my life and miss it when I'm gone. I don't really find the need to travel so much. Once per year is fine.

Just kind of blissed out right now... probably pretty annoying. Haha :) I'm well. I hope you are well too.
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Post by LiquidSapphire » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:28 pm

Oh yeah, I just randomly stumbled upon a thread about "failure stories" and why people stop updating and have they "failed"?

I can only speak to my particular case - I don't feel that I have failed or succeeded yet. I consider myself a work in progress, though my goals have shifted. I haven't succeeded yet because to me a total success of "I am done" would mean that I have enough saved for a 3% WR to cover my current and foreseeable expenses. I don't have that. My expenses are not very permanent; I rent and my lease ends in September, and I'm not sure what my new housing cost will be. Also I'm spending more than what a 3% WR would allow. It would be a lean lifestyle to cut my expenses that low in the Denver area right now. It'd require roommates and no car, at a minimum. I think I could handle a 5% WR fairly easily though.

I haven't failed either though because my net worth has been increasing, albeit slowly as of late. I think for me, failure would mean that my net worth was actively going down due to my spending choices+investment failures, and I ended up having to go back to work I really didn't enjoy just to make money. To be honest it's one of my greatest fears - having my current income stream go *poof* and having few other options and being forced to go back to work I really hate and that doesn't pay anything close to what I used to make or even what I currently make. Or having to move somewhere I don't want to live because I can't afford Denver anymore. Or having to really really cut my lifestyle down, not that I live extravagantly now, but I definitely spend more than I did in my accumulation phase.

It's a pretty irrational fear, I guess. :) There must be jobs out there that, while maybe they aren't self-actualizing, they may not be so bad. Even a minimum wage job would supplement my savings pretty robustly. And I'm fairly flexible when it comes to expenses - I'm just not incentivized to track and cut them at the moment.

Hope that helps someone :)

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Post by enigmaT120 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:24 pm

My favorite job was moving irrigation pipe in crop (green beans, corn, carrots) fields summers when I was in high school. $2.90/hour though.

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Post by Viktor K » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:22 pm

For climbing gyms, I would recommend Movement Climbing and Fitness in Denver. Best gym I've climbed at, albeit pricey. Fitness and yoga classes are included in the membership last time I was there. I was also interested in a sweet looking gym in Golden, but never got the chance to climb there. For a more ERE version, just find some climbers and take a day trip up to Golden and/or Boulder. Free climbing. You could even try just in tennis shoes if you didn't want to buy a pair of climbing slippers.

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Post by LiquidSapphire » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:35 pm

Irrigation pipe... man that was fun? How did that work? It sounds brutal to me! :)

@Victor - Friends of mine have a 1x per month guest pass I'm going to use next week, and another friend has a "guests are free on the first Friday of the month" at her gym, and then my rec center has a climbing wall and it's just $4.50 to get in there, you can rent shoes there even for a couple bucks... so I'll try it those 3 times and if I really like it, I'll go after it. And be the next American Ninja Warrior Haha :D

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Post by frihet » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:56 am

Sounds like you have an amazons life, wanted to write amazing, but it became "amazons" with Swedish spell checker on. That sounds right also 😉. Flew to Denver on my way to Creston last September. Although I didn't,t see downtown I enjoyed the wibe and even more so driving through Colorados open and rocky landscape.

You are lucky getting in to spirutuallity already being ERE and living there. A lot to choose from, and beautiful nature to connect with. a lot going on in Boulder also isn't it 😊

The energy from reiki and the like can get you really high for a while, enjoy!

And

Keep on rocking your "amazon life"

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Post by LiquidSapphire » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:12 am

Thanks frihet :D Colorado is a great place to be, not gonna lie, and yeah, reiki is great. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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Re: LiquidSapphire's Journal

Post by wolf » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:15 pm

Hi LiquidSapphire. I saw your post in another thread and I read your latest blog posts. How you doing? Do you want to buy an own home, a house?
A year ago you wrote that you are afraid of loosing your income from your job. I hope that this was not the case.
Well, and congrats for your overall progress towards FIRE/ERE!

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Re: LiquidSapphire's Journal

Post by chenda » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:21 pm

Nice to hear from you again Liquid : )

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