I've been posting for a week now and I have an apology for all my readers. I have been glossing over my goal, copping out by just saying that I'm looking for "a comfortable lifestyle." I already live a pretty comfortable lifestyle, but I want to be able to do it with the freedom to sleep late or travel to Italy on a whim.
As a 30 year old software engineer, I make more than average, but home costs in Boston seem to eat most of that. I have a little pressure on me. First there's a lot of indirect peer pressure from my friends. For the most part they are doctors, lawyers, and business merger consultants. It's pressure that I put on myself, but it's hard not to want to keep up with Jones. That amounts to small beans to my main motivation. My fiancee is in the military and has been for 10 years now. In 10 more years, she'll be eligible to retire with 50% of her highest salary for the rest of her life. That would retiring at age 41. More than likely, she'll continue to work after that, but she'll be a long ways towards that "freedom" that I mentioned ealier. I want to be there to share that with her.
If you had been hoping for hard numbers on my goals, I hope to compile them later this week.
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