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FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Busch Beer

I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....

Midwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Missouri, Northern Wisconsin, & the Black Hills

Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the...

Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...

The Importance of Me Time

I left Michael and the kids for a week. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Let’s start with this. I LOVE my family. Michael and my kiddos (currently 2 and 4) are what bring me the greatest joy. They are fun, funny, loving, and the most fulfilling part of...

Introducing FI Clubs

We want to promote local and online community groups and events that empower people to become financially independent. FI Clubs exchange ideas about generating more income, reducing wasteful spending, and leading healthier, happier lives.

LIFE IS CANVAS

Welcome. Michael here. My ❤️ and I achieved financial independence at 33 and early retirement at 36. Now we’re raising our 2 kids in Colorado & abroad. Through this site and our related projects, our mission is to encourage others in their pursuit of personal and financial freedom.

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The Importance of Me Time

The Importance of Me Time

I left Michael and the kids for a week. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Let’s start with this. I LOVE my family. Michael and my kiddos (currently 2 and 4) are what bring me the greatest joy. They are fun, funny, loving, and the most fulfilling part of...

Introducing FI Clubs

Introducing FI Clubs

We want to promote local and online community groups and events that empower people to become financially independent. FI Clubs exchange ideas about generating more income, reducing wasteful spending, and leading healthier, happier lives.

From IT Pros to Retired World Travelers

From IT Pros to Retired World Travelers

Teresa (49), Michael (42), and their young son are currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador. They’re financially independent, retired early, learning Spanish, and generally enjoying the life of their choosing. They are ordinary people living a seemingly extraordinary life....

The Uncommon Dream Family

About Us

Ellen and I met at a language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2004, married in 2007, and had our 2 children in 2014 and 2016. Along the way, we’ve worked hard to live on less while still honoring our desire to travel and lead fulfilling lives.

For us, this has included returning to Mexico for a year, retiring early in 2016, and spending our first two winters with our children living in Cuenca, Ecuador.

In January of 2019, we’ll set out to slow travel through Central and South America for 15-18 months before returning to northern Colorado in time for our son to start elementary school.

The purpose of this site is to share some ideas and resources that we believe could support others looking to chart their own uncommon course through life.

We’ll also chronicle our slow travel adventures as a family, hoping it may serve as an inspiration and useful reference for others while being a satisfying record for us to reflect on years from now ourselves.

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Get our Financial Freedom Spreadsheet

Subscribe here to be among the first to receive the spreadsheet I developed to chart our course to financial independence. I’m working now to migrate it from Numbers to Excel and Google Sheets so it’ll work great for anyone. I’ll email it to everyone on this list once it’s ready.

NoCo Mustachians

Passing through Northern Colorado? My friends Carl from 1500Days.com, Kevin from MonetaryMusings.com, Yaicha, Kalen, and I run an active financial independence group with a few hundred local members. We meet regularly in Fort Collins, at the MMM HQ in Longmont, and throughout Northern Colorado. Check our calendar to see if you can attend one of our upcoming events.

FI Clubs

No Colorado travel plans any time soon? No worries. My friend Sean Merron from the 2 Frugal Dudes podcast and I created FI Clubs to help you find or organize a club of your own. Read Introducing FI Clubs for some backstory, or click the button below to check it out for yourself. It’s free to organizers and members alike!

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