I think I have figured it out (well, for us at least). I think I know what we need to do. The best balance in life is one of compromises. A little bit of both sides, combining the good and the bad of each to find the right mix: Barista FIRE it is!
The right work
After having worked again for about a month, 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. I made an interesting discovery, I love my work! Well this type of work anyways. Not the stuffy stuff in an office building where you do the same thing over and over again. Add a horrible commute, laundry, cleaning, and more of that kind of horror and you just drained the life out of me. This was actually why I quit my job in the first place two years ago.
Now, working on a construction site, with big equipment and actually making something cool. Having new challenges every day. You can see the progress (and the various problems). You can get away from your desk, drive around and talk to the people on site, have a laugh and come up with a plan to do it better. Oh, and virtually no commute plus you don’t need to cook. Yes, I ate in a restaurant/cafeteria every day, 3 times per day (and the food was good too!). Work-out almost every day and you don’t even need to worry about laundry. Life was
good f-ing amazing!
The right balance
Now, the above is fun for a certain period of time. Say about 5-7 months out of the year (for a few years). But you don’t want to get closer to 8 months (which is the “normal” 2-on-1 rotation schedule). In this case the work-life balance is off (for me anyways – I’m spoiled). You don’t see your family anymore and you do get tired as heck from all that working and travel.
Plus, it’s not just me in the household. Mrs CF might be a stay-at-home mom now, but that might again change in the future (she loves to work too). She actually just started a course so she could become a certified financial planner (or at least get the credentials and study points for her CGA/CPA designations). It’s something she does for fun (and for professional development points), because she can. The benefits of being close to FIRE and having some money to do what YOU want. It’s highly recommended to save and invest all you can! The newly found freedom is addictive.
Anyhow, for now, for us, it seems that it’s my time to work again for a while. It’s the right balance for us at this stage.
Barista FIRE to the rescue!
For now, and due to this whole virus thingy, all bets are off again as to what is going to happen in the future. But ideally I would like to continue with doing construction/site work for the coming years to get it our of my system (and earn some decent money). Because I can do this as an independent contractor, it give me more freedom (but also more risks and less certainty – hello Corona Virus) and more money. However, if I “only” can work 3-4 months per year, it’s actually kind of perfect!
Why perfect? Because it gives us more then enough money to live AND continue our path to full FI (and likely still RE, just not as “E” as originally planned, but that’s fine as we are having fun along the way!). It’s really a great balance between work, family life and FIRE at this stage in our lives. In short, Barista FIRE it is!
What’s up with you, still have a job? Any idea what’s going to happen with your job and your FIRE journey?