Money, happiness, enough?

Election¬†week has been quite extraordinary in good and in bad ways. Work has been insane, I have been getting fewer than 5 hours of sleep most nights, and I have felt somewhat marginal some of the time. As they say, something has to give. Thursday¬†night as I worked at work-related tasks that are tedious and…

Financial freedom vs. financial empowerment

I found this line in another budget/finance forum I follow. Being in my mid-50s now it seems a bit late to be contemplating financial freedom (aka early retirement) right now, but I find it curious the trend and thinking from others far younger and better planners than I have ever been. Financial empowerment, however, is…

Aging

Aging. Aging gracefully. Aging well. We are all getting older, and lately it's been dominating my thoughts. Retirement and all it's components - financial planning, our mortgage, when I might be able to retire, what retirement might look like, what retirement might feel like. They say age is just a number. For me it's a…

Retirement panicking … er, planning

I have a phone appointment on Friday with a financial planner. This is part of my quest to at least try and act like a grown-up and cross items off my to-do-before-I'm-really-old list. We got our wills done (finally) and associated trust established, so it seems likely we are now immortal, because I have done…