Yes, it’s true. I’m a scammer and I’m a FIRE Failure! How could it have gone so wrong?! One moment I decided to quit my job. The next moment I get a new job again. Why, oh why? What’s wrong with me 🙂
Public Service Announcement
Before continuing on this “I’m a FIRE failure” tour, first a public service announcement. I’d planned on doing a free FIRE meetup in Rotterdam on February 23, 2020. However, I’m not going to be able to be there as I will be abroad. New date for this free meetup will be Sunday May 10, 2020. Same time and same place!! Okay, onward to this failure thingy…
Quick disclaimer, we are not actually FIRE yet (albeit pretty close). So technically I’m not a complete FIRE “failure”. Nor does this feel like a failure actually. Heck, it actually feels like a big win! What does? Having found new employment 🙂
What’s wrong with you?
You know, I still have not been able to figure that out 😉 I do know that I cannot do the same thing for prolonged periods of time. Since quitting my job back in early 2018, I’ve started my own coaching business. This was fun at the beginning. Making content, meeting various new people and talking money. But making “talking about money” into making actual money does not feel good. I love to talk money and help others with money, but I don’t like charging money for it. I know, I suck at being an entrepreneur!
After I put the whole coaching thing on the back-burner, I pretty much just focused on being a SAHD. A what? A Stay-At-Home-Dad. Since Mrs CF was still working (full-time and part-time respectively in her last two jobs) I was just running the household and farting around. But boy, does that get old soon! I have no idea why most stay at home parents don’t go nuts. It’s boring as heck! Since most people/friends/spouse are at work, it’s hard for me to entertain myself during the day. Yes, I actually made myself useful on many occasions for many different things, but I hope you get my point.
I know you should be cooking your own food (healthier, cheaper, etc.), but I’m really starting to dislike working in the kitchen. Laundry, another thing that starts to drive me up the
wall clothesline (no, we don’t have a dryer). Where we used to do all these chores together, I now do almost all of it since I’m home and Mrs CF brings in the bacon tofu. It turns you into a bloody drone! In short, I need a change in scenery. I need more action in my life. The time to take it easy and stay home most of the time needs to end. Albeit I actually did enjoy not having any stress at all. Plus having loads of time to workout and binge watch movies.
Enter the change in scenery! After having looked around for months for a new challenge, it seems that this week I finally booked a (small) success. I found a temporary assignment for a international construction project with potential for more. This first stint abroad will give both me and the company the opportunity to work together and see if you like each other. If we do, there is the potential for more collaboration in the future! I’m really glad for the opportunity and the ability to shake up my life again. Plus, it pays a shit load of money, which will get us to FI a whole lot faster too.
In the mean time, Mrs CF has decided that she is going to became the stay at home parent (also a first for her!) for now. Her current part-time employment will cease to exist at the end of this month. Albeit she might still be asked to work a few hours here and there. She might pick up a study to (also) become a certified financial planner, assuming my contract will be continued after this first stint abroad. Or she might look for another part-time job in another environment. Will see what happens, we are in no rush and have options.
I’m a FIRE failure and I’m happy about it! It was great to have enjoyed a long time off and explore new ventures in the past two years. But I need some action in my life too. Since we have the restriction of a kid, and our finances (as we are not yet completely FI), this barista style “FIRE” is absolutely awesome! It gives us the ability to work part-time, try new things and only take work that (we think) really makes us happy.
The freedom of taking weeks, months or years off at a time (between jobs), because you have the money, is an absolutely brilliant situation to be in! I sincerely hope that you are, or will be, in the same position (now or in the future).
Save, invest, repeat! Spread the word of freedom, and go live it!