"The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later."  -Randy Komisar

 I'm a teacher.

At 33, I'm on the path to retire by 40.

Welcome to where Green (money) meets Green (the environment). I never cared much for money, in the sense that it could make me happy, so I didn't strive to have much. Life was all about adventure and freedom, and doing it cheap and efficiently. After living a dirtbag lifestyle and piecing together seasonal work for a decade, I realized that having money could make life easier. When I turned 30, I began taking saving seriously. I wanted to regain the freedom of doing what I want while also living comfortably and consciously.

There is an entire leisure class located at both ends of the economic spectrum. I want to move as fast and low-impact as possible from one end to the other, in order to retire in 8 years. I began my journey towards financial independence just three years ago with small savings and a lot of debt. So far, by practicing some discipline, learning a little about investing, and making efficient and sustainable choices, I am killing my debt, creating a nest egg, and generating passive income. 

I love that saving money reduces my impact on the environment. I began to see all the ways I generated material or energy waste, and in effect, wasted my money. I want to reconcile making money and protecting nature - two concepts that usually do not traditionally mix well. 

Follow my journey of logical lifestyle choices, smart investments, savvy home buying, continued learning - and of course, melding my life and financial goals with a partner, dog, and big adventure. The path toward financial independence created space for family, community, creative expression, and spending quality time adventuring outdoors. You can plug in what matters to you and solve the equation yourself.