The Big Adventure!

For the last week or so, I’ve been hanging around the MFW board, looking at peoples diaries, and adding a couple of comments here and there.
One thing has struck me, that everyone is focussed on their goals, but is keen to be enjoying life while they are on their journey.
I’m at a different stage of my life, as I paid my mortgage off a few years ago. But the things that all the MFW-ers are doing are the same sort of things that I’m doing in my preparations for my early retirement.
I had wanted to start a diary at the start of this year, but felt a bit shy, as my mortgage had been paid off.
What I did do was join the 2014 Frugal Living Challenge, which has been very helpful, and I thank everyone on that thread, which I will continue participating in.
However, after reading the MFW diaries, I saw that there are people in the same life situation as me with diaries, so I realised that to a certain extent, MFW is a state of mind, as well as actually clearing a mortgage.
With that thought in mind, I decided that it’s the right time for me to start my diary. I want to keep all my thoughts in one place, as it’ll be easier for me to refer back to later. Also, it’ll be good for organising myself – I like a few lists, and at the moment my lists are ad hoc pieces of paper all over the house!
If all goes to plan, this time next year will see me in my final days at work. I feel excited about the future, and feel I’m at the brink of a new stage in my life – hence the title of my diary, The Big Adventure!


  • tinah
    tinah Posts: 48 Forumite
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    Good luck on your Big Adventure.
  • I feel you on the lists, I never seem to get to the end of one of them before I start another - then when I go through them I've got the same items on each page and I'm sat there going "Oh yeah, I do STILL need to do that"!

    Anyway, enough about me, good luck with the adventure. I'll be following - early retirement is definitely something I'd like to hear more about 😀
    Mortgage start: £65,495 (March 2016)
    Cleared 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️!!! In 5 years, 1 month and 29 days
    Total amount repaid: £72,307.03. £1.10 repaid for every £1.00 borrowed

    Finally earning interest instead of paying it!!!
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