It’s fucking simple!

Becoming FIRE? It’s fucking simple! Spend less money than you make, and do something useful with the rest. It’s not that hard, now is it? So why are there still thousands of personal finance blogs right now? Do we still have anything to add?

It’s fucking simple!

I was sitting in our car with Geldnerd last weekend on our way to bring Rich to the lovely folks of “In the fruitboomgaard” (“in the fruittree orchard”). As per usual we had a blast that afternoon and fantastic catering at the little red house in the polder. But we also had some discussions about our blogs and what to do with them.

Most people start their blog to chronicle their FIRE journey and get their minds on paper, which is a smart thing to do! We are not any different. But once your FIRE journey matures, your knowledge, priorities and ideas do too.

At some point, you have figured out what you want, how you need to do it, and you just need to get it done while enjoying life. Your FIRE journey is on autopilot and you can get on with your life. We (and especially me, Mr. CF) certainly have arrived at this point….

It's not rocket science, it's fucking simple!
It’s not rocket science, it’s fucking simple!

Personal finance blogs are great to get started on the journey to FIRE. Getting the general idea and mindset is very important. So is figuring out what your preferences are for investing your money. Once your have figured that our, it’s fucking simple to get to FIRE. It’s not rocket science, it just takes time.

The Blog

Right now the blog is starting to feel like “work” and this is not a good thing. I’ve been blogging about twice per week for a few years now and it’s time to wind it down. The motivation is gone, the main reason is gone and the drive is no longer there. Yet, it’s taking up a lot’s of my time and does not give me the satisfaction it once did. Wrong balance!

I also barely read other blogs (sorry), because the topics are starting to all look the same. There is the occasional gem or great personal story, but most of the time it’s just financial updates and rehashes of the same. I really don’t want to read tips again about how to dry tealeaves to increase my utilization of a teabag. Or that I should turn my underwear inside out to keep my laundry costs in reign.

Simply put, after about 5 years of reading and writing I’m tired of the topic of FIRE. I think I did pretty good at keeping focus and interest. But I’m done now, it’s time to turn this page and find new things to motivate me. This means that I’m also going to stop blogging regularly. Perhaps I’ll post something when I find motivation or have something new to report, time will tell!

Meetups?

But what about the meetups? Starting organizing the meetups with Amber Tree Leaves was one of the best and smartest things I’ve done in life! The people I’ve met have brought me many new friends and great times. For that I’m eternally grateful.

Right now I’m working on the Camp Castle FIRE event. Next, we have the meetup in Utrecht on April 13 (which is filling up fast!). I’ll still play an active role in this, but after that I’m going to take a break. It’s time for something new!

Oh, and if you have nothing to do this coming Saturday March 9, you can still join the Real Estate meetup in Utrecht. I hear they will have beer and pizza!

If you want to organize something revolving around FIRE, please do! It’s good to keep the FIRE momentum going.

What’s next?

I don’t know for sure. There is work to do around the house (renovations), I need to get more active (working out) and I need to figure out what I want to do when I grow up…. That being said, I do like working with people, so will continue to do some FIRE coaching.

So, it’s fucking simple! It’s time to take a FIRE break.

P.s. the blog hosting is paid for the next 2,5 years….. so all the content won’t disappear anytime soon! Also the email info “@” cheesyfinance.nl will remain operational, just in case you want to check if we are still alive 😉

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38 Comments

  1. Less time writing blogs means more time enjoying fine Belgium beers, no? Or wait… You should stop blogging next year!
    Hopefully we get to speak again, was lovely talking with you about FIRE and real estate!

  2. Interesting take on FIRE blogs… I’m a big fan of FI but not so much RE. I’ll just change the type of work that I do when I reach FI. And still, the FIRE process is easy but hard for many people to follow through.

    1. Why wait until you are FI? Being happy now is much more important than reaching FI! If you already have a good buffer and kan take a financial punch, why wait? Being FI is just a mathematical thing, it’s nice to be FI, but once you get closer to that limit, you start to realize that it all doesn’t make that much of a difference.
      Thanks for the note!

  3. … and I was waiting for the “Shold you move to the moon” blog…. just joking .. you have to do what’s best for you…. even if we are going to mis you both.
    Thank you for the great inspiration and see you next meeting

    CenG (+kids)

  4. Hi Cheesy, oh damn! You know you are the first dutch blogger that triggered me for the FIRE movement in 2018. After reading some American blogs, bridging it to our dutch situation with reading yours (also with real estate), I finally had a name for what I was starting to do since two years.

    A big thank you for that!

    Cheers,
    RoFi

  5. Ha Cheesy,

    Jammer! Maar ook wel begrijpelijk, fijn dat je alles op orde hebt gekregen en bedankt voor het delen van al je ervaringen, ik vond ze super interessant en leerzaam in de afgelopen jaren.

  6. hey cheese

    sucks to see ya go, but its nice to do different things. I agree there is alot of repetitive savings type blogs.

    I enjoy seeing what others are buying, how their rentals/businesses are doing and their general progress.

    I posted for almost a year twice a week and it burnt me right out. Once a week made things alot better.

    Anyways hope to see you around still.
    Good luck with the renos!

    cheers

  7. Very interesting take Mr Cheesy. I guess if you look at it, most things in life can be broken down into simple steps.

    Want to save money? It’s fucking simple! Spend less than you earn…. And so on :p

    Thanks for sharing, I hope you don’t leave forever!

    1. The passion is still there, I just don’t need to make it something that I feel I’m forced to do. But as mentioned before, the hosting is paid so I’ve the opportunity to write something if I feel like it! Thanks for the support BHL, take care!

  8. Spot on! It’s no fun doing (or reading) the same stuff over and over again. It will become a ratrace of its own. I do hope I’ll read something about you and the mrs. every then and again. And that the meetups won’t stop. I did like my first one very much. Thanks for that and take care!

  9. Fair call Cheeseman!

    I can relate. I’ve stopped journaling as much, mostly because a lot of problems are solved or in the process of being solved.

    Execution is either just continuous repetition or in some cases big focussed efforts (renovations!). I need most of my energy for this and what I don’t spend there I’m happy to spend on living and working out.

    Your blog and it’s Dutch orientation (especially the tax stuff) provided me validation that I wasn’t alone here in how I saw things. Thankfully you made it accessible by writing in English language!

    I wish you all the best with your onward journey.

    1. Thanks Cameron, also for all the support over the years. Appreciate your support and the discussion we had. Best of luck with the renovations! I feel your pain 😉

  10. As said in multiple channels alteady: I will miss your contributions! But I understand your motivations. I expect I will feel similar in a while, we’ll see. All the best to you, and I hope to follow the remainder of your journey through the other channels

  11. I consider your move the pure definition of personal growth.
    One can simply not stay at the same place in life. Move on, grow better.

    Bon voyage,
    Petra

  12. I hear your point regarding getting the right balance. Sometimes priorities change, interests change and that is more than normal. As they say: the only one constant is change.
    Best of luck to you and thank you for proving interesting insights.
    -SF

  13. Thanks Kaas, for sharing your experiences, your story and the effort you’ve put in the FIRE meetups. Looking forward to stay in touch!

  14. Understandable. The problem with a niche topic is that at some point all has been said and written. And the most important thing about blogging is that you like doing it. Time to open new doors!

    A big thank you for bringing the Dutch FIRE movement together!

    1. Thanks Lonneke, I’m glad I was able to do my part for the Dutch FIRE community. I’m grateful that I was able to meet up with you that way!

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