How Becoming a Parent Helped Me Retire at 41 – with Chris Mamula

There comes a point in a parent’s life when they want to own more of their time and spend it with the ones they love the most, but financially, it’s not always the easiest to accomplish.

Chris Mamula is my guest today. He faced this challenge when he became a new father and used his high savings rate and passion for his young family to achieve financial independence and retire at age 41.

Chris is the award-winning blogger behind Can I Retire Yet? A blog focused on helping others navigate financial independence and early retirement. He’s also the author of the new book, Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence.

Joe Saul-Sehy, Chris Mamula and Andy Hill talking money, family and the pursuit of happiness… and board games too.
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How Fatherhood Sparked My Desire For Financial Independence

On one fine summer day in 2011, I was zipping around on my new moped headed to the local Rite Aid convenience store. I had an incredibly important purchase I was about to make.

After breezing through the sliding doors, I headed straight back to the pharmacy area. I was beaming. I was grinning ear-to-ear.

Given my excited state, the pharmacist probably thought I was a virgin looking to score my first Trojans. Nope. I was after something much more important.

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Why I Left My $400,000 Wall Street Salary After Having My Baby – with Chelsea Brennan

Life changes rapidly when you have a baby. One minute you’re crying with tears of joy and the next you’re crying because work, parenthood and life have suddenly become very complicated.

  • How do we keep living our current lifestyle now that we’re parents?
  • And how are we going to manage the costs of daycare, diapers and formula?
  • What if I want to stay at home instead of going back to work?

I’ve invited someone on the show today who faced a lot of these challenging questions as a young mother and now she’s helping other parents figure them out as well.

Chelsea Brennan is an ex-hedge fund investor, turned full-time blogger at Smart Money Mamas. After years of working on Wall Street. She made a major life change to choose family, passion, and a positive impact on the world over money.

Her story has been featured in major media outlets like Business Insider, Penny Hoarder and Forbes. Chelsea lives in Connecticut with her husband, two boys, a puppy named Stitches and 14 crazy chickens.

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Creating a Flexible Work Schedule to Live Your Best Life Today – with Angela Rozmyn

Saving for our future financial independence important. Embracing the present moment is important as well. So how do we find a balance that helps us achieve both goals?

I’ve invited Angela Rozmyn on the show today and she’s going to share her family’s journey, trials and tribulations with this conundrum.

Angela is a mother to a 4-year old son and has been married to her husband for the past 10 years. She writes about the balance of saving for the future and living for today on her award-winning blog Tread Lightly, Retire Early. Her story and advice have been featured in major media outlets like MarketWatch, GoBankingRates and Business Insider. 

She also hates most seafood but loves her pets and the outdoors.

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Finding the Right Savings Rate for Your Family’s Financial Independence – with Scott Rieckens

When we’re pursuing financial independence, we need to discover the right savings rate for our family. This is something that Nicole and I have had a lot of conversations about. How much is too much to save? And how little is too little to save?

I invited Scott Rieckens on the show because he’s been on a very similar (big-screen, public) path with his wife, Taylor. Scott is a 2-time Emmy nominated filmmaker, Executive Producer, and Co-Star of a new documentary called Playing with FIRE. This is a documentary that uncovers the growing community of frugalists, mustachians and valuists choosing a path to financial independence and early retirement.

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Why We’re Quitting Our Jobs and Moving to Hawaii (And Why You Shouldn’t) – with Erica Gellerman

There’s a movement taking place amongst our generation. A movement that says, “Don’t work at a job you hate just because it pays well.”.

Today, I interview someone who, after 14-years of working the corporate life, has decided to leave their full-time job in order to pursue a new life of purpose … in Hawaii.

Erica Gellerman is my guest today. She’s a marketing consultant and creator of The Worth Project, a personal finance newsletter, blog, and podcast. She writes and contributes to major publications like Forbes, Business Insider, and NerdWallet.

She’s also a mother to a 1-year old boy named Henry.

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What Financial Independence Means for a Young Father – with Jim White

For our Family FI segment this month, we’re talking about achieving financial independence with kids. A lot of people out there think that you have to choose one or the other. “You can’t have financial independence if you want to have kids” or “you can’t have kids if you want to have financial independence”.

My guest today completely disagrees with that sentiment because he’s walking, talking proof that you CAN have both.

Jim White from Route to Retire is my guest today. He’s a father, husband and recently he left his 9-5 job after becoming a millionaire and reaching financial independence at the age of 43.

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