What can I say....hmmmmm.
I am a simple bureaucrat working for the Seattle Housing Authority. I started working for the government several years ago right out of grad school. I come from a lower middle class family in Toledo, Ohio and learned absolutely nothing about saving, investing or money smarts from my family. I went years pissing money down the fucking drain without thinking about it. Some of the mistakes were common consumer driven waste while others were monumental.
Everything changed for me after receiving a fellowship to Germany in 2014. My wife and I lived on about 1/4 of what we were earning for one and a half years while living in Germany. However; the fellowship gave us both absolute freedom to work on stuff that we found interesting and personally fulfilling. While i independently researched best practices in helping homeless and social housing, my wife experimented with cooking, blogging and writing books. The main lessons learned were we could live on drastically less than we usually did before we left the USA and that absolute flexibility to pursue personal pursuits of happiness made it worth while.
After returning home armed with this knowledge, i started searching financial independence and flexibility and came across the blogs that you already know and love. Early Retirement Extreme, Mr. Money Mustache and Go Curry Cracker are just a few that gave structure to my cluttered thoughts.
I started this blog to detail my experience as a normal government employee working towards financial independence. I am here to share my journey but also to give tips about enjoying an expensive city without spending a lot of money.
I do not make huge dollars but believe a combination of smart living and high savings can get me to a place where all of the software engineers, programmers and tech crowd are at or working towards. I am not a financial adviser and you need to check with professionals before making any type of investment decision.