My name is Bec and I'm on the path to Financial Independence (FI) here in the UK.
I'm originally from Australia and live with my British husband and our adorable daughter in the beautiful, green, rolling hills of Somerset.
We are both in our late forties and work in media and marketing.
We discovered the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement about three years ago, and have been following its rise in popularity ever since.
We’ve always been sensible with money, but we’ve never had a STRATEGY. The FIRE movement has given us this strategy, and with it, a strong sense of purpose and direction.
For decades we've been interested in optimal living. We have experimented with self sufficiency--even living on a farm off-grid for six years. We've had two mini-retirements (without calling it this) when the 9 to 5 grind just got too much. Without any strategy we both took corporate jobs part-time, then remotely, well before we had read Tim Ferriss’ seminal work.
Whilst we hugely respect the Frugal and the Minimalist among the FIRE community, we realise that's not quite us. We are focussed on our life journey, as much as our financial independence. We therefore favour flexible, remote working over high-paying, full-time, office-bound work.
We tend to approach spending as 'value-ists' i.e. we spend money on the things we value. We happily go out for dinner at a new gastro pub, sometimes shop at Waitrose, buy organic meats, good wine and take regular overseas holidays. But we don't drive new cars or new furniture nor do we find any satisfaction in 'retail therapy'. I haven't purchased a new handbag in over 5 years, and so long as my current one does the job I have no intention to do so. (As you can guess, I'm not very fashionable).
Our biggest decision moving forward is where we will move to in order to execute FIRE. If we stay in the UK or move back to Australia the high cost of living (and our lack of willingness to embrace long-term frugalism) means we have many, many more years on our path to FI. If we move to Portugal, however we could lean FIRE today. We could buy a lovely home, live by the sea and dine out on sardines and wine every day without running out of money. What a cool notion that is!
Fidom is our way of sharing what we have learnt, what we have done right and what we've done wrong in pursuing Financial Independence and Intentional Living. Every day we learn a little more.
Our greatest wish from this site is for readers to benefit from the odd nugget or two of information. We'd love to help and inspire others to get on the path to FIRE, and to meet those who share a similar outlook on life.