To protect our privacy, we will remain anonymous throughout the blog- at least initially. We would love to share some information with you so you have a better understanding of who we are and why financial independence is so important to us:
I am an engineer and avowed nerd. I love making spreadsheets for any occasion, and reading sci-fi/fantasy novels when I’m not playing a jungle gym for the kids.
I come from a very large extended family that mostly all lives in the same place. I grew up with an understanding that money is a tool to help you design your life the way you want. After graduating from a Jewish high school with a pile of college credit from AP classes and community college courses, I lived at home and commuted to a nearby state college to get my engineering undergraduate degree, all the while making sure that I was going to be employable by doing internships, teaching, tutoring, working part-time, and studying like a madman. I graduated very sleep deprived but with no student debt, thanks to my incredibly supportive and hard-working parents (thanks Mom and Dad!), after which I married my beautiful wife and landed my first full-time job at a large engineering firm.
Soon after, we had our first child. Although we had already started to save a small percentage of our income, raising a child and Mrs. FieryFamily’s decision to go back to school kicked my budgeting and planning brain into gear. That’s when I stumbled across Mr. Money Mustache’s famous, now classic, post The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement which made immediate converts out of the FieryFamily.
Fast forward a few years and we’re another kid into our growing clan, I’m another degree into nerdom thanks to my employer’s tuition reimbursement program, and we’re well on our path to financial freedom.
I graduated from that same state university with a degree in liberal arts (pointless, I know) at the same time as tall, dark, and handsome Mr. FieryFamily. I was very fortunate that my parents were able to pay for my college education, so I did not have student debt. It took me a while to find full-time employment, however, and I eventually settled into an unsatisfying position that was leading nowhere. After having our first child and realizing that I would rather go into labor again than work on Monday morning, I decided to switch my career to become a health professional. So, I went back to school to complete my prerequisites, applied to graduate school, and am currently in my second year of the program. Investing this scale of time and money in myself took a lot of pressure from my husband and loved ones who believed that I am capable of becoming an extraordinary health professional.
I have a strained relationship with money. I grew up with very little understanding of how to budget, and did not have my first job until mid-college. And as cliche as it may sound, I have struggled to separate objects and happiness in my mind. After years of self-exploration with Mr. FieryFamily, I have made some progress on changing how I perceive money. We definitely have our disagreements about money and how to spend and save it, and we’ll discuss that further in our posts.
When I’m not saving the world from closet monsters and finding raisins in between couch pillows, I can be found baking lemon poppy seed cookies, falling asleep with books on page four, and honing my drawing and watercolor painting skills.
3.5 years-old, a blur and going on 16.
1.5 years-old, pigtails and an impish grin.