I was recently interviewed for the Mad Fientist podcast.
We talked about how I got to where I am, my motivations, my writing, my education, and how I go about with my real estate investing.
In other news, I feel a bit like I’ve been neglecting my readers here. I’ve been too busy having fun going for bike rides, starting a big vegetable garden, and hanging out with my friends. I used to do a lot of my writing during downtime at work or while on the commuter train. Now that I no longer have that kind of downtime built into my schedule writing is always competing with a lot of tempting activities.
I have had some successful job interviews at various places in the past few weeks and am expecting to be working again within the next couple of months. I’m sure being back to work after almost a year of not working will give me plenty to write about and more downtime to write it in. I haven’t worked since I quit my part-time job last September. It’s easy for the non-working life to feel ‘normal’ and there’s nothing like a 9-5er to remind me how good I’ve got it. The good news is that with any of these jobs, plus my rental income, I ought to be able to save enough to pay cash for another couple of houses within the next 6-12 months. At which point I’ll be thinking about transitioning from calling myself FI to declaring myself “retired”.
And if I end up taking a “permanent” job instead of a contract job, or have a contract job that turns into a permanent job, then I’ll have to deal with when exactly to pull the plug since I’ll have to balance my desire to pad my savings ever higher against my desire to be free from a job, the so-called ‘golden handcuffs’ problem. But that’s going to depend on a lot of things that are unknown right now, like how much I enjoy the work and how well my rental investments are doing. I could see myself hanging on for an extra year or two beyond what it takes for me to get my additional rental properties, just to pad the coffers and be extra safe. Though I could also see myself quitting work just a couple of months after I’ve got my 4th rental setup. We’ll see.