Three Years Into Early Retirement

It is now exactly three years into early retirement! I can’t believe how time flies. I can now officially say that I have lived through retired life, although three years is still a short time. These years have been quite eventful to say the least. Stock market crash, a new virus that affects the whole world, lockdown for several months, raging bull market while in pandemic. I’ve seen things in a few years than I have never seen my whole life :). In spite of all the up and downs over the years, I still very much enjoy my early … Continue reading “Three Years Into Early Retirement”

My Daily Routine: 2021 Edition

Every weekend, I call some two to four of my friends, relatives or ex-colleagues thanks to my Friends Roster project. And invariably at least one of them ask me what I do on a daily basis after retirement. They are curious as to how I spend my day. I have posted my daily routine more than two years ago including a complete time table. But I thought may be I should do a 2021 edition in case some things have changed since then. So here goes. I don’t know where my time goes. So to fix that I paused and … Continue reading “My Daily Routine: 2021 Edition”

Why Save When You Cannot Enjoy?

Some one asked “I don’t have money before a job so cannot spend and have fun. After finding a job I have money, but I am saving for a future. So again I cannot spend. What is meaning of money? Spend it or save it or what to do?”. That got me thinking. I gave them the reply and thought I should expand a bit on my blog so it might help others. I understand the desire to spend after you get your first job. Obviously you don’t have to start saving the minute you have a job. May be … Continue reading “Why Save When You Cannot Enjoy?”

The Sweet Spot: Comparison With MMM

Recently Mr. Money Mustache (MMM) wrote a nice article on finding the sweet spot as applicable to various things in life. For example, a successful tech career’s sweet spot is when someone has worked for 10-15 years and has accumulated a few million dollars (in the US context). The “too less” side of things is when the person is earning $15/hour. The too much side is when they have accumulated tons of wealth but at the cost of 40 years of stressful work. Similarly, he draws parallels to other aspects of life. For example, the sweet spot for a work … Continue reading “The Sweet Spot: Comparison With MMM”

My Daily Routine

Ever since I retired, lots of people have been asking about my daily routine. So I though I should probably write about it and help the folks and this is that post. Before I get started, you have to remember a few things about my reasons for retirement. First, I did not retire to do a startup and run like crazy. That is not to say that I am playing video games and watching TV all day either. I found my Nirvana by doing just enough and not too much. I have a lot of free time and my … Continue reading “My Daily Routine”

Accelerate Retirement With Philosophy and Minimalism

This is the continuation of my earlier post. If you have not already read it, head on over there first.   In 2016, three things happened simultaneously that changed my retirement goals completely and my life style permanently First, I got introduced to Stoicism by sheer chance which changed my behavior and attitude towards life Next, I started to read more and more about leading a simple minimalist life which changed my life style And finally, I was having a great time with my daughter and wanted to spend more time with her, which led to me wanting to retire … Continue reading “Accelerate Retirement With Philosophy and Minimalism”

How It Ended

And then it happened on June 29, 2018. I was 37 and I retired.   After having worked at a multinational corporation for 11 years as a software engineer, I decided to call it quits. And that is how it ended and I broke free from the shackles of hedonistic treadmill. Somehow, the few months leading up to my early retirement were calm and relaxed. I would have thought that taking such a bold step would make me anxious and restless. I think the thought of leading a simple life trumped all inhibitions.   A few days before my last working … Continue reading “How It Ended”