I’ve started a new blog all about attaining Financial Independence and Retiring Early(er). I’ve been reading so many blogs about FI, investing, personal finance and the like, and there were a few things I kept noticing. Most of the bloggers were men, most were young whippersnappers who were able to retire in their 30’s and 40’s because they started early, the vast majority of them are American and they all seem to be, if not in love with Excel spreadsheets, they have at the very least a warm affection for them.
What does a single Australian mother in her 50’s with a pathological fear of numerals, who only started on this journey four years ago have in common with this niche? On the surface, not a great deal. But that started me thinking…
Surely I’m not the only person who has discovered this information later in life? I’m positive that I’m not the only person who has had to play catch-up with my finances to give me a sporting chance of being able to choose when I retire. Maybe there’s a need for a blog where the author isn’t a Mathematical savant but is a person juggling kids, career, home, friends and wanting to travel more than just popping down to the dog beach every week or so?
Anyway, I came into work on the last day of term and I started the blog. Pop over and have a look. It’s called Burning Desire for FIRE. (I actually just wanted ‘Desire for Fire’ but it must have already been taken.) I wouldn’t have minded an Australian flavour to the name, but ‘FIRE Down Under’ just sounds like an unfortunate gynaecological event requiring lots of antibiotics.
People who’ve been reading this blog for a while may remember that I did a book review on one of the best books on investing that I’ve come across. Well, I’m VERY excited to announce that Jim Collins, the author, has very kindly given me 2 Audible codes for his book to give away to a couple of my readers.
This is seriously a wonderful opportunity to start getting your head around how all if this investing stuff works. All you need to do to win is to pop over to the new blog and leave a comment. Here’s the link. I’d love to see lots of you over there. I’ve posted a photo of myself at the Paul McCartney concert at the top – you’ll see the purple hair and you’ll know you’re at the right place.
At the moment the blog is still very new, but I’m really looking forward to exploring lots of different personal finance areas, sharing both what I’ve already learned and all of the new things I’m learning. If you feel this might be something you’re interested in, please add me to your feed reader or bookmark the site.
Of course, Dancing With Frogs will still be up and running. I’ve been ‘Frogdancer’ for 10 years… this place is a part of me.