Thursday, May 16, 2013
One Year Older, One Year Closer
I turned 31 over the past week! Yikes. I'm now closer to 40 than I am 20. Sigh...
I'm getting older. But I'm also getting wiser, and as such I'm getting better in almost all facets of being a human being. I find that with age comes the wisdom and patience necessary to face many of life's problem's rationally and thoughtfully. I find myself more relaxed than ever, shedding much of the angst that I had in my 20's.
But most importantly, I'm one year closer to my dream of retiring by my 40th birthday. And what a year it's been! When I published my post on turning 30 last year, my Freedom Fund was worth about $68,000. It's now worth almost twice that it's current market value of ~$114k. My dividend income has been steadily rising in kind and I am now seeing triple-digit dividend tallies every single month. What a wonderful life I'm living! I'm steadily on pace to become financially independent by 40 years old. It seems the 5-step plan I devised a couple years ago is working.
2013 has gotten off to a bang for me. It's really been amazing, and I still can't believe I was featured in national media like The Today Show and USA Today. It's been an incredible ride. I'm incredibly lucky, and so thankful of all the wonderful gifts I have in my life. Not only am I on track to become financially independent at a young age, but I also have a fantastic support network of friends and family. I live in a tropical climate and have almost no stress in my life as I don't own much (no house, car or many material possessions).
Finally, I wanted to say thank you for all the loyal readers and fans of Dividend Mantra. This blog would be nothing without you readers. My journey would also be significantly less enjoyable and meaningful without the joy I get in inspiring others to reach for their biggest financial dreams. Many of you are aiming to achieve financial independence at a young age like me, but some of you are also just looking to build up a sizable investment portfolio that offers freedom and choices, and that is equally admirable.
Please continue to follow along as we mutually inspire each other to our individual aspirations.
Thanks for reading.
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