Mission Complete: Achieving Financial Independence (and other milestones)

By Slow Dad - December 12, 2016

Celebrating the small wins. Over 1000 people now read this blog daily, for this I thank you. Oh, and I declare myself to be Financially Independent!
I am a big fan of celebrating the small wins in life. If we all held out for the big ones then most of us would be moping around like miserable grumpy bastards the majority of the time.

This week I’m celebrating three early Christmas presents in the form of unexpected milestones for the Cantankerous.Life blog.

1,000+ daily readers

According to the infinite wisdom of Google more than 1,000 of you each day are now subjecting yourselves to my random brain dumps, occasional rants, and questionable wisdom.

To be perfectly honest I’m astounded by this fact, but also very humbled that anyone would choose to take time out their busy lives to invest 5 minutes reading one of my posts.

Thank you one and all.

Made a (very) little money

The second milestone worth celebrating this week is that the Cantankerous.Life blog actually generated some income.
First blog earnings

I must admit I am slightly staggered by this.

I would have thought there couldn’t exist a more dubious business model than somebody attempting to earn an income by selling to the financial independence and early retirement audience. The first lesson of FIRE being to save and invest, not spend money on crap you don’t need!

Everything anybody could possibly need to know about achieving financial independence or commencing early retirement is freely available on the internet.

When I signed Cantankerous.Life up to some affiliate marketing programmes I must confess I was planning to scam a discount off Christmas shopping for my kids.

My thought process was:
The plan was to get my kids what they wanted at the best price I could find, then get a further discount via the various affiliate and cash back options.

I grant you this appears somewhat convoluted, but for maybe an extra 5 minutes online shopping it meant I got a great price and best of all I didn’t need to enter a physical store. Amazon Prime is a wonderful thing.

Unsurprisingly I wasn’t the first to have this idea, and some affiliate programmes were wise to my plan. They filter out purchases made by the owner of the affiliate link. Discount denied!

Financial Independence achieved. Yay for me!

The third milestone this week is I am officially declaring myself Financially Independent aged 39.

I declare myself Financially Independent

Throughout 2016 my passive income streams have consistently earned more than it costs to support myself and my family in the manner to which we have become accustomed.

Given that I don’t do bored particularly well, I fully expect to continue working into the foreseeable future. However I will only take on clients facing challenges I find genuinely interesting, and will likely ease back to working on a seasonal or part time basis.

The folks on reddit would call this a humble brag, but let me assure you there is nothing humble about it!

So what?

This week it is good to be me.

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  1. Wow, congratulations on your FI status! To get to FI is a great achievement at any age, never mind doing so before the age of 40!

  2. Congratulations on getting there! Just found your blog today, so great timing on my part. A lot of blogs pretty much die after FI (must have better things to do) so hopefully you keep cranking the posts out, we need more blogs on life after FI.

    Liking the blog so far :)

  3. Thanks for the kind words Adam.

    I was in "trust, but verify" mode proving the viability of my FI when I started the blog, so I plan to continue writing while I still have things to say. Hopefully discussing what worked for me helps some other folks to avoid some of the potholes encountered along my own journey.

  4. Fantastic on all accounts! I didn't start writing until after my FI moment, so I never got to celebrate it online. Perhaps I'll be able to announce when I obtain the next goal of financial freedom: http://www.physicianonfire.com/financial-independence-versus-financial-freedom/

    Cheers to your successes!

  5. Thanks for the kind words PoF!. Best of luck achieving your next goal.

  6. So far I have only read about American FI graduates so its nice to hear of some UK based ones! Very inspiring. Well done. Would be interested to hearing how you have found life after FI, what are the downs as well as ups.