The Long Road I Took To Quit My Job and Live My Dream

Below is a guest post from Mike McNeil, blogger at The Dividend Guy Blog, you can follow him by subscribing to his free newsletter.

Not too long ago, Bryan wrote about his recent trip in North Carolina Mountains. Toward the end of his post, he discussed how important it is to focus on what matters to YOU and no one else. This part of the article resonated with me as this is exactly what we did a year ago; we dropped everything to live our dream: going on a 12 months RV road trip across North & Central America with our young family.

This is my family at the bottom of Cerro Negro where we were volcano boarding

This is my family at the bottom of Cerro Negro where we were volcano boarding

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North Carolina Mountains

IMG_2826You guessed it, we’re off on another adventure. This is the tail end of our month long road trip. This week however, we’re spending a week bonding as a family on the North Carolina-Tennessee line. This trip came about in an odd way, but there is lots to like about it. Even more important, it should remind all to be open to new or unusual opportunities. Our pursuit of Flexible Independence has allowed us to capitalize on some unique opportunities, and we haven’t regretted any of them. In this case, some outstanding kids in our congregation needed a ride to camp…..and by taking them we get a week in beautiful western North Carolina. Sure, we need to pay for our accommodations…..and I consider $180 per week super cheap for a family of three. That includes food and lodging for all of us, in an outstanding lodge. This place feels like a corporate retreat center, but I don’t mind because the views and hiking are outstanding. We splurged on another $65 so Ms. IS could enjoy a few other activities….. like a day of white water rafting….. but come on. That makes for a super efficient week. Wi-fi also allows me and Ms. IS to complete some of our usual activities remotely. Anyone in our congregation could have signed up for this trip, but I feel really blessed that we are in a place where we could participate. (Twitter users can follow many of the pictures @IncomeSurf) Continue reading

Break From Trading

We are still on our road trip and having a few technical troubles, but I wanted to provide an update of the recent trading.  That said, sometimes you just have to take a break.  Whoa now, I bet you’re thinking…..what do you even do anyway, and why do you need a break?! (I wouldn’t blame Ms. IS for agreeing with this line of thought, but that’s not the kind of break I’m talking about.)  No, I’m talking about a break from making short term swing trades.  The reality is that in the last 8 weeks, the seven closed trades have resulted in the following returns. Continue reading