Revealing Early Retirement Plans to Our Family, Accidentally

Today’s post features a guest post I recently did for JW over at TheGreenSwan.Org. JW was kind enough to host an article I wrote discussing how I (accidentally) revealed our early retirement plans to my future in-laws.

As you can imagine, the conversation didn’t go 100% as I would have thought.

In the end, we learned a lot about our plan and I was reminded what it was like in my early days discovering the concept of early retirement.

Our end goal might more closely resemble transitioning from being an employee to becoming self-employed, but either way, we are on track to not have to work for money AT ALL, by our 30s.

Another big surprise for me was seeing how many comments this article has already received! The conversation on the guest post has been thrilling so far as everyone is sharing their own experiences revealing early retirement or FI plans with their close friends and family.

Check out the full post by clicking here.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Master Distiller

P.S. Today is #WednesdayWisdom on Twitter and I always share what may be my favorite quote I’ve ever come across. Sadly, it doesn’t fit into the Twitter realm 100%, so I’ve had to abbreviate it into 140 characters.

I’ve always wanted to share the full quote on Twitter but it is impossible. So, at least I can share it here. Here’s the full quote:

That which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Extra points for anyone who can site this without using Google!

That’s a wrap on today’s post. I hope you find wisdom as you go about your Wednesday!

5 comments… add one
  • Physician on FIRE Jul 27, 2016, 6:36 pm

    I’ve been planting seeds for awhile, making comments and statements to coworkers and family.

    About 12 to 18 months ago, I told my parents and brother that I could be retired within 10 years. At work, I’ll make comments about not having to work someday and how nice it will be.

    By doing so, people close to me won’t think I’m having a mid-life crisis when I walk away from a lucrative career in my prime, a la Calvin Johnson.

    It’s funny how her parents more or less projected their desires onto you guys. It’s hard for someone who hasn’t been exposed to the FIRE concept to wrap their minds around it.

    • Distilled Dollar Jul 27, 2016, 9:19 pm

      I like that move – especially since it won’t come as a shock to your friends and family.

  • Dividends Down Under Jul 28, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Hey Matt, nice topic. I had a read and commented there 🙂


  • Mad Cash Lab Aug 18, 2016, 5:57 am

    I’ve been saying I would retire early for about 8 years now to friends, family and co-workers. The thing is, I will never stop working, but I will stop working at my job. My passions lie elsewhere. My current career is the catalyst to get me where I want to be. So I am thankful everyday for my job as it affords me the ability to reach my ultimate goals! But I won’t be sad to leave it behind in the near future.

    I think it’s good you let your plan slip out! You’ll get negative comments or those who don’t understand, but in my experience, all that does is make me work harder.

    • Distilled Dollar Aug 18, 2016, 7:28 pm

      I was also surprised to see how motivated I was after the conversation.

      Wow, 8 years! Hah, I’m sure we’ll start dropping hints more and more as we get closer to our date, but not sure we’ll be openly discussing it so far out. Although, who knows, I’m sure you’ll see how it goes! 🙂

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