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Saving My Own Life with a Sabbatical

The last guest curated Apex was so well received, we decided to do it again! (and we will probably do many more in the future!)

Today, Financial Mechanic has pulled together a few of her favorite money stories on leaving the workforce early. (Mechanic also curates cool stuff on Sundays so you should definitely take a look)

Alright FM, take it away!

Start your morning with a podcast episode from the fabulous Fire Drill Podcast. We’re going back in the archives to hear from Ashley at Kiwi and Keewenaw about Taking a Mini-Retirement after 4 Years of Saving!

Saving My Own Life with Sabbatical [Lean FI ATL] — “In slow traveling in Guatemala, I’ve definitely become much more badass in a Mustachian Way. I feel invincible and strong and tiny and inconsequential, all at once, due to the sheer grandness of it all.”

Would you sell everything to travel the world? [Millennial Revolution] — “Focus on the journey and not the destination. For me, I didn’t know what [Financial Independence] was until the past couple of years and all of my decisions were for my own interest. For example, moving overseas from France to the US to explore a new country and changing jobs to learn new skills. I might not have taken these risks if I was laser focused on a FI goal but it ended up resulting in great experiences that I would never trade.”

10 Lessons From A Mini-Retirement [Montana Money Adventures] — “By leaving the 9-5, I have 100% control of my time/life, I hope to tackle 20 BIG dreams before I check out of this life. (Or 50 things! I see myself as the 85-year-old gray haired lady still creating, building, producing in BIG ways! I won’t go out quietly.)”

Should You Take a Sabbatical? 3 Women Weigh In [The Muse] — “Imagine exploring the Pacific Northwest and finding your way to Kurt Cobain’s house. Or taking a Trans Siberian train trip from Moscow to Bangkok. Or how about six months in nature hiking the Appalachian Trail? Sound like something you’ve always dreamed of? Maybe it’s time for a sabbatical.”

Before taking off on a grand adventure, I want to introduce you to Diderot. If you can learn from his pitfalls, you will be better equipped to save up for a sabbatical or mini-retirement. The Diderot Effect describes the phenomenon of spending begetting more spending. Here’s Diderot writing to us from 1769: Regrets for my Old Dressing Gown, or A warning to those who have more taste than fortune

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