Getting All On Board with the Plan to Achieve Financial Independence

In March 2017, I binge-consumed as much material on financial independence as I could find. Luckily, there are some pretty awesome people that have been covering this space for quite a while. So content was a plenty.

But our story actually begins before that. Reflecting on our decision to seriously pursue financial independence and retire early, it’s probably best to share our complete story. Why? Because convincing yourself and your spouse that you can do this is not a realization you come to over a weekend. For us, it was about two years.

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The Simple Bit of Advice That Saved Our Marriage 250 Times

Around 10 years ago we received a simple bit of advice that proves to save our marriage just about every two weeks.

Leading up to our wedding, we attended premarital counseling at our local church. Pastor Mary – a wonderful woman with deep, southern roots – volunteered her time to lead us through the exercise.

Our sessions with Pastor Mary were nearing an end. She was leading us through a difficult topic of debate and disagreements in a marriage, and explaining how a healthy marriage is ultimately one where both parties recognize the need to negotiate and make concessions with each other. Through her probing questions, she sensed that she uncovered a bit of animosity between us. She dug in.

“What’s the one thing that annoys you the most about the other person?”

Wait a minute! You can’t ask me that question! How can I possibly answer that question and end up with a positive outcome?

It was a simple question that was difficult to navigate. With Pastor Mary asking the questions, no PR or interview training was going to let me turn a negative into a positive with this one. Continue Reading “The Simple Bit of Advice That Saved Our Marriage 250 Times”