About Me

Chrissy from Eat Sleep Breathe FI


Hi, I’m Chrissy—the blogger behind Eat Sleep Breathe FI. I write about FI (financial independence), money, and life from a beautiful suburb near Vancouver, Canada.

About us

My husband, two boys, and I lead a regular middle-class life with regular middle-class expenses. (We’re just slightly more optimized than most.) At this point, we’re on track to hit FI in our 40s.

I was a graphic designer for six years before I became a stay-at-home mom. My husband is an art director at a local video game company and loves his classic Mustang. (Possibly as much as he loves us? Ha ha.)

Kid 1 is a teen, and has all kinds of random interests (novels, comics, manga, writing stories, D&D, Star Wars, Stranger Things, etc.) Kid 2 is a tween and also has all kinds of random interests (music, reading, comics, manga, internet memes, Minecraft, etc.)

All four of us LOVE Japan and dogs. The newest member of our family, Mika the Shiba Inu, is both of those loves rolled into one. ❤️

What we love

We love to travel, hang out with friends and family, try new foods, go to the movies, take Mika for long walks, attend festivals, explore our city and others nearby, visit libraries, fix and build things, learn new skills, have potlucks, game nights, movie nights—basically just squeeze as much fun out of life as we can!

But… I’m an introvert, so I work hard to balance the aforementioned fun with good doses of downtime. (This is when M and the boys make good use of his man cave, and I retreat to blog, plan, and dream about FI.)

What I’m passionate about

I love helping others, learning new things, and working on getting a little happier every day. I’m also super passionate about FI.

Blogging is the perfect way for me to combine these passions. I love how blogs allow us to so easily and freely share knowledge. What an awesome time it is to be alive!

Fun facts about Chrissy

  • I’m an introvert, but if you talk to me about FI, you won’t be able to shut me up.
  • I’m a twin (we’re identical, but it’s pretty easy to tell us apart).
  • My twin sister was born two minutes after me, but she’s an inch taller.
  • I’m left-handed, but my twin sister is right-handed.
  • Curiously, our younger brother is left-handed and a graphic designer like me.
  • Our dad was a hardcore Mustachian long before being a Mustachian was cool.
  • I can draw and paint.
  • For a long time, I dreamt of becoming a children’s book illustrator.
  • When I have time, I enjoy sewing, knitting, and crocheting amigurumi.
  • I don’t love cooking. But I do it anyway (and a lot of it) because I dislike being unfrugal even more!
  • I’m a total klutz.
  • I’m only five feet tall. (Most of my kids’ friends outgrew me long ago!)
  • We’re huge theme park fans, and have visited Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and both American Universal Studios parks.
  • We’re in love with Japan. If family, school, and work didn’t keep us rooted here, we’d move there in a heartbeat.
  • We love dogs, and regularly dog-sit for family and friends to get our doggy fix. (We now have our own dog, so no longer need to dog-sit!)
  • I have too many favourite books to list, but some at the top are: The Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia series, Life of Pi, and El Deafo.
  • Some of my favourite TV shows growing up were: Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills 90210, Friends, and Seinfeld.
  • I’m having too much fun pursuing FI to watch Netflix these days. But pre-FI, these were some of my favourite shows: Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, The Good Wife, and Game of Thrones.
  • My all-time favourite movies are: Forrest Gump, Beauty and the Beast (2016), and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • I prefer driving stick shift. (It’s the frugal choice, and it’s way more fun!)
  • Matcha-flavored sweets are my weakness (especially matcha Kit Kats… yum).
  • I meditate daily because it helps me stay happy.
  • I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal, and have been told I smile a lot. 😀
  • I co-host a podcast, but I still hate listening to the sound of my own voice.

I’d love get to know you too! 

Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below and share some fun facts about you.

Chrissy from Eat Sleep Breathe FI

Even more about me and this blog

If you’d like to learn a little more about me and Eat Sleep Breathe FI, here are some links to help you do that:

  • My Backstory will tell you even more about me, and how my husband and I started our money and FI journey. (I also talk about how the idea to start this blog came to be.)
  • About This Blog explains how Eat Sleep Breathe FI adds diversity and a new perspective to the already-full FI blog scene.
  • Here We Go is the first official post on Eat Sleep Breathe FI. It started as an explanation for my very long launch process, but in the end became kind of a blog manifesto. In the post, I talk about how I plan to blog and why I blog the way that I do.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Darlene
    January 6, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Great blog Chrissy! I always wished that there would be more Canadian FI bloggers, and the fact that you’re in Vancouver as well is an extra bonus! Also really cool that you have kids, we have 1 daughter (she also loves Fornite 😆). All that to say I’m so excited to learn from you and follow your journey to FI!
    We plan to retire in 15 years, so we will be in our 40’s as well. We are a little late in starting this, but better late then never! 😁

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      January 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Darlene, I LOVE that your daughter plays Fortnite! It’s awesome to see girls wading right into boy-dominated things. I bet I’d like her if I met her. 😉 I’m so happy you’re part of the community. We all have knowledge to share, so I look forward to learning from you too! Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions. I’m happy to help however I can.

    • Reply
      Luc
      June 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Darlene, sounds like we’re thinking similarly to you! We’ve got a little one as well! Better late than never is right – thats 20 years of sweet sweet freedom!

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    The Twin
    January 14, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Hi! It’s your twin! 🙋🙋‍♀️ YAY – you did it! I’m so proud of you and so excited that the blog is live. I can’t wait to see you and EatSleepBreatheFI continue to grow and thrive. I’ll be following and growing along with you. 👩‍❤️‍👩

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      Chrissy
      January 14, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      Aww, thanks sis! You’ve always been my biggest fan. So lucky to have family behind me always. ❤️

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    Luc
    June 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Chrissy,
    Congrats on getting started on a blog! Looking forward to following your journey. My wife and I live in Vancouver, just finished paying off our student loans and car (….don’t ask) yesterday, so our FI clock starts now. Definitely going down the rabbit hole. Happy and keen to follow someone who knows the unique challenges of our HCOL city! Looking forward to learning, and who knows, collaborating in the future!

    LJ

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      June 4, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Luc, I’m so excited for you and your wife to be starting your FI clock! Feel free to send me your questions anytime. I’m always happy to help however I can.

      Also, I’d highly suggest joining the Choose FI Canada and Vancouver Facebook groups. Lots of really nice people in both groups with lots of helpful info to share. 🙂

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    MisFIRE
    December 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I just landed here after seeing your blog recommended on Goat Dog Simple! (I wish I’d found it two weeks ago, before my first ever trip to Vancouver for a conference, because I could have asked you for tips – but what an INCREDIBLE city you live in! I loved everything about it. I’m so excited to dig in to previous posts and podcasts to hear more how you do FIRE north of the border!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      December 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Oh wow, I’m honored that you came over to my blog from Ana’s (which is one of my faves!) I’m so glad you’re here, and I look forward to perusing your blog as well.

      It’s too bad we didn’t connect sooner. You’ll have to visit Vancouver again! Maybe in the summer though—Vancouver’s the BEST when it’s warm and sunny. 🙂

  • Reply
    Berangere
    January 13, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Hello my dear Chrissy. I am Berangere from France. I was come in your last house in 2003. Your “M” give me your blog tonight. I read it in french.
    I ougth my Paris appartment in last october for buy one appartment arrond Paris in last december. I knit too since a long time, and play harp for my first year. I miss you. xoxoxo

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      January 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Aww, it’s so nice to hear from you, my dear Berangere! We think of you often and remember our time with you so fondly. 🥰

      Congratulations on buying your new apartment. I hope we’ll be able to return to Paris to visit you one day. We miss you too and I hope you’re well. 😘

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    Bérangère
    January 15, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Of course you can come at home. I have just one room. And a cat. I miss you too. I would like to come again in your home. To know yours and sister babys!!.
    I need to know how to cook you chinese paté 😊😋
    Lots of love to all the family and the cute doggy (i love her ears 😅)
    I’m in 1h hour to Paris now! But that’s simply don’t be quiet. Come with boys. 😘
    xoxoxo

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      Chrissy
      January 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      Please let us know if you ever come back to Vancouver and we’ll let you know if we return to France! We miss you too and hope to see you again one day soon. ❤️

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    Bérangère
    January 21, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    You can write me on my email. If i come back i would like to go at your home. No a new homestay. If the family is okay this that of course. Xoxoxo

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    drplasticpicker
    May 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Stumbled onto your blog from retireby40. Love the positivity! Best of luck. Will try to stop by again. We have teen and tween too!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      May 31, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      Hello drplasticpicker! I just visited your blog, and love your message and your content. I’ll be sure to pop by your blog as often as I can!

      Thanks for the comment and your kind words. 🙂

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