It’s time for a mini update!
Sorry that I disappeared for a while! Don’t worry—I’m okay and Eat Sleep Breathe FI is still online! Life’s just been unexpectedly busy (and continues to be). 😬
I’ll eventually share more about our post-FIRE life and finances. But for now, I hope this mini update will suffice! Here’s what’s my family and I have been up to since M retired…
4.5 months of early retirement!
As I write this, M’s been early retired for 4.5 months. So far, it’s been amazing and a complete whirlwind. Last week, he jokingly said to me (while making a batch of pizza dough), “I’m so bored. There’s nothing to do in retirement. Maybe I should go back to work.”
We both laughed, knowing this couldn’t be further from the truth. We don’t know how M ever had time to work because we’re busier now than ever. (I know it’s cliché, but it’s true!) The days and weeks have flown by—filled with things we choose to spend our time on.
THIS is what FI’s all about! 😊
What M’s been up to
M has taken to retirement like a duck to water. He’s been so busy, I can’t even remember everything he’s been up to! I’ll try my best below:
- Taking Kid 1 out to practice driving.
- Taking both boys to their appointments, volunteering, activities, etc. (It’s so nice to have M’s help with this now—until recently, it’s been almost 100% me who did this!)
- Making traditional Christmas baking (and lots of other food) with his mom.
- Helping his dad install a dashcam in their SUV and backup/sideview cameras in their RV.
- Helping my brother with a tricky install of their new baby gate.
- Helping his uncle work on his classic Mustang.
- Shovelling our driveway with the boys during the seemingly endless snowstorms in December/January. (This is another thing that I mostly handled when M was working. I’m so thankful to have his help with it now!)
- Getting to a long list of home maintenance tasks (many of which were long overdue, but we never had time to get to).
- Planning our weekly menus and picking up the groceries.
- Cooking and baking (SO much cooking and baking, LOL—I’ll share more on this below).
- Planning and overseeing the installation of a glass and aluminum cover for our patio.
- Driving his classic Mustang every chance he gets.
- Having friends over to enjoy our newly covered patio.
- Planning for two weddings we’ll be attending (one of which he’ll be a groomsman for).
- Practicing pizza-making with his new pizza oven*. (Two of his work friends and I bought it for M as a retirement gift.)
Cooking and baking up a storm
Since FIREing, M has taken over most of the cooking for our household, which I’m thrilled about! (Cooking has never been one of my favourite activities. 😬)
M’s a natural in the kitchen and loves cooking, but he just didn’t have time or energy to do it when he was working. Now that he has endless time to do whatever he wants, he’s more than happy to take on the majority of the cooking.
In turn, I’ve become the main sous chef/dish washer, which I much prefer. 😉 I still do some of the cooking to give M a break, but overall, this is a far better split of kitchen duties for me! If you’re wondering what M’s been making for us, here’s a collage of some of the yumminess:
If you can believe it, this is just a small selection of the dishes M’s made since he retired in November—and it’s all been delicious! I’ve been trying to shed the extra pounds I gained during COVID, but he’s not making it easy! 😅
What I’ve been up to
I’ve likewise been crazy busy since M retired. In addition to my regular day-to-day mom and household duties, I’ve also filled my time with the following:
Blog and podcast stuff
- Winding down and saying goodbye to my podcast. 😭
- Writing guest posts for my blogging mastermind group. (Here’s the first one, and this is the second one.)
- Helping with backend stuff in the mastermind group.
- Publishing a new post nearly every week between November and January. (I slowed down in February and March.)
- Planning our withdrawal strategy with our financial planner Ed and his team.
- Mapping out our cashflow for the next 4–6 months.
- Preparing and sending off our tax records so Ed and his team can file our returns.
- Helping my dad with his taxes.
- Helping family members and friends with their financial planning.
- Simplifying and cleaning up our bank and investment accounts.
- Consolidating the cash I was holding in PayPal, our USD account, and CAD accounts that I closed.
- Doing a ‘Fresh Start’ in YNAB to clean up our accounts and categories. (It was a good time to do this—now that we’re FIRE, quite a few categories have changed.)
- Planning and going on several staycations (Whistler with friends in November, Burnaby in January, and Downtown Vancouver in March).
- Meeting up with two of my FIRE besties (Ryan, my former podcast co-host, in December and Court from Modern FImily in March).
- Making plans for nearly every day during spring break (more on this below).
- Planning our summer travels and activities.
- Dog walks with friends.
- Learning about and doing some visible mending (it’s so much fun)!
- Learning how to counter-condition Mika to negative stimuli (so that we can trim her nails without her freaking out 😫).
- Trying to read physical books again. (I’m struggling with this—audiobooks remain my go-to!)
March was extra busy for us because the boys had two weeks off for Spring Break—and we filled nearly every day with something fun:
- Visited Science World with my sister and her kids. (We really missed Science World and were so happy to be back—our last visit was pre-COVID, in July 2019!)
- Spent four days downtown in the Paradox Hotel (formerly the Trump Hotel) in a gorgeous luxury suite. (We got an amazing friends and family deal from a friend. Thank you, friend!)
- Had our good friends over for dinner and a movie. (We watched Turning Red—I loved all the Canadian references!)
- Saw M’s brother’s new house for the first time and enjoyed a sushi dinner with him and his family.
- Had my family over to celebrate Kid 2’s birthday (M made pizzas for everyone in his new pizza oven—yum)!
Spring Break was amazing, but I needed a break from the break—I’ve spent the last couple of weeks catching up!
A big surprise
Another reason I’ve been so busy is because I’m clearing the decks so I can keep April open. I’m going to be working on something that many of you will be excited about! There’s still a lot to sort out, and things aren’t fully confirmed yet, so I won’t reveal anything right now. Stay tuned!
That’s it for now
As mentioned, this is just a mini update, so I’ll have to end it here. 🙁 I’ve missed connecting with all of you, so please leave a comment. Let me know how you’re doing and if you have any questions about our FIRE life!
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