Blog Posts

Is FIRE for Everyone?

A friend of mine recently went back to work after retiring, because he found retirement boring, lonely, and lacking purpose. He’s not the biggest fan of his job, but according to him “it still beats sitting around all day with your thoughts.” Another FI blogger/author, Anita, a lawyer who retired in her 30s, also recently wrote about her bouts of depression and the difficult time she’s having in retirement. Having gone through anxiety and depression myself back when I was working, my heart goes out to her. This year has been retirement/travelling/life on hard mode, but for some it’s been […]

Investment Workshop 60: Should Questrade Users Sign Up For Passiv?

Passiv is a company that I’ve been aware of for some time and have been wanting to partner with us for years. Basically, Passiv looked at the challenges that people face trying to DIY manage a passive, index-based ETF portfolio like the one we teach in our Investment Workshop and said “let’s make an app for that!” Taking all the repetitive tasks of tracking multiple accounts and rebalancing and wrapping it all up into a cool visual GUI, Passiv always intrigued me as something that would help our readers, but what always irked me was their price. To unlock all the […]

Reader Case: Immigrant on FIRE

Today’s reader case is a member of two demographic groups that particularly resonate with me: immigrants (for obvious reason) and fans of our book (for even more obvious reason). Greetings Kristy/Bryce… We are fellow Canadians currently residing in a small town in Ontario.  Family of 3 – ages 46, 42 and 12.   While skimming through your blog materials looking for specific DIY info, we came across your book.  We picked it up and instantaneously fell in-love with Kristy’s life story! Specifically, with her being a Chinese immigrant, the atrocities she faced at a young age, how her upbringing shaped […]

How Has Covid-19 Affected Your FIRE Journey? Part 6

Does FIRE still work in a bear market? To find out, I’m interviewing people on different parts of their FIRE journey in our community. Click here for Part 1. Today, I want to introduce you Daniel Park, an engineer turned world-travelling musician, whom I found out about from my friend Clover’s “Unconventional Asians” Channel”: What’s interesting about Daniel’s story is that he changed directions from a pragmatic career to following his passion, and at some points, making more money than he did as an engineer. Also, he discovered the FIRE community a few years ago, and started investing with his […]

The Power Of Forgiveness

I have to admit, this is not an easy post for me to write. I’ve stopped and started a dozen times and lost track of how many drafts I’ve gone through, but, as they say, writing is about “bleeding on to the page”, so here goes: I’ve always had a difficult relationship with my mother. It’s not a personality clash or the usual generation gap, it’s the fact that I’ve always wondered if she wanted to have me in the first place.  “I wish I’d never given birth to you,” is a phrase I’ve heard often. One time I thought […]

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