Hello, my name is Vince. I am just your average Joe, middle class, working stiff. I live in Phoenix, AZ with my wife and newborn son. I work a corporate job and my wife is a nurse. We live a pretty simple little life out here in the desert. We have two cats, a small home and love our Arizona State football. Our lives are simple yet full of love.
It wasn’t always that way for me though.
Before I met my wife and had even begun to sniff around the internet for ways to get out of the rat race, I was a mess. Personally, financially and professionally, I was headed down the drain. I was depressed. I had a vision of the boxes I was supposed to check to be consider a successful adult. Graduate college, get a good job, get married, have kids, work a lifetime and hopefully retire with enough years to enjoy some of that money you socked away all those years saving in the 401k corporate plan.
Yeah, that sounded like a death sentence.
I did not want to accept the fact that I would be working for the rest of my life and basically living for the weekends. I used to watch day after day float by from the window of my office. It was terrible. So since I was living for the weekends I tried to make them count. Friday night through Sunday during my 20’s you could find me at the newest bar, trendiest restaurants and biggest concerts and events.
I dug myself into a financial hole during this time. I had been in the workforce for near a decade and had pretty much nothing to show for it.
I hated my job. Not because of the work that I did, but because of what it represented. To me, it represented the actual hamster wheel that I had been running on. I was living an unhealthy lifestyle on the weekends to mask the fact I was miserable working during the week, not following my passion. I had been on the treadmill long enough. I needed a way out!
That is when I discovered the concept of financial independence. This was the escape route I had been looking for!
Since early 2016, I have been working on getting to financial independence. Today, in 2018, my wife and I are nearly debt free. We have implemented some basic investing strategies and taken on side hustles to get us off that wheel. We are doing this to get out from under the daily 9-5 corporate grind. We are doing this to live a simpler life where spending time doing the things we are passionate about are more important than any status or title. Follow us on our journey as we churn toward financial independence!