Having goal and plan in place means that you have to stop and look back once in a while to see where you are compared to the plan. Are we doing fine, is our goal still realistic?
As a good habit, just like many other bloggers, I check and post our progress to the FIRE goal each month. It helps to keep the mind focused on the goal. In our case, the journey is still long, some 13 years ahead of us to the finish line – so a regular check to refocus is more than needed.
August has been a busy month with a lot of events. There was our holiday. It was great to be together as a family. Sadly, the weather and a small inconvenience made us shorten the holiday to one week only. The rest was a staycation. Different, still good. Flexibility is the key to succes!
Other memorable times, things to be thankful for
- our youngest got to ride a bike without extra wheels as support. We are now training to get her “road ready”. You know: bike in a straight line, stop when we tell her, and do this without falling. I do consider this a great milestone as it increases our action radius on a bike.
- The oldest won a local sprint race. Although it is no big thing, it made me proud to see her become the first girl to pass the line. Added fun: just an inch behind the first boy.
- The girls had lots of fun in an amusement park. They did try and liked all the attractions available to them: the “roller coaster”, the swinging boat, free fall,… You name it. To me, this is yet another milestone
All these little things make me enjoy the here and now. And at the same time, they make me realise how fast time goes. And you can not stop it, or boost it like a savings rate. You have 24 hours a day, not more. Once gone, they are gone… And we do not know how much there is ahead of us…
That makes you also question some of the things we do. On my mind right now: would I be willing to delay the FIRE date with 3-5 year in exchange for extra time the next few years with the family? I think the answer is a loud YES… Why: bonding and making memories happens now, not at the age 18 of the kids. I know, it does not all costs money – we do a lot of free stuff. We enjoy that as well. To go on ski holiday or a road trip to another continent, we need to review some number.
The serious stuff: the amber index
Index wise, I can not complain. We remain flat compared to August (or rather, mid august, the timing from the other post). A lot happened in the last 2 weeks. Gold made a big fall, I did realise a big loss in my option trading, There was the hint for a rate hike…
All in all,we are still on track towards our long term goal. No reasons to complain. Let us enjoy this.
How is your life index going?