2017 Summary, Proud And Grateful

This was the year I did it.  As I sit here looking back on my 2017 and realize where I’m at now, I’m proud and grateful.

Proud because I finally started to fully reap the benefits of the smart financial living that I quietly practiced for so many years.  I pulled the trigger and went part time at my job.  A semi-FIRE.  It’s glorious, and sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s real.

And I’m grateful that I’ve been blessed enough to be able to do it.  I realize that many can’t because of their circumstances.  Of the many new projects that I want to throw time at, giving back is high on my list.

I want to thank my readers, all five of you, for supporting me (ok, it’s a few more than that and I might be wearing that joke out…).  

It’s a bit nerve-wracking doing this blogging thing and putting your thoughts and experiences out there for all to see and comment on, but it’s been very rewarding and fun.  I’m excited to see where it goes and what opportunities it might open up.

More importantly, I’ve been awed by the generosity and flat-out coolness of the other personal finance bloggers in the community.  Folks help each other, share posts, contribute ideas, and there’s funny gifs too. 

Just last night Amy from Life Zemplified took the time to drop me a note and tell me that my Twitter share button was not connected to my account.  She didn’t have to do that.  The community is amazing.

I don’t want all of these new contacts to stay virtual, and I was lucky to meet some great folks in person a little while back.  I hope to make that a far more common thing in 2018.

Lastly, I’m not big on resolutions but one of my 2018 goals is to perfect the famous “Peanuts dance”.

Peanuts Dance

I know, ambitious right?  I see copious amounts of bourbon in my future….

Like many I’ll be taking next week off but will return on Jan 2nd.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

31 Responses

  1. Being grateful provides a platform for better achievement/rewards. Cheers!

  2. I’d also need copious amounts of bourbon to do that dance… 🙂 Thanks for the mention, happy to have you around! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

  3. Congrats on going part time and having such a great year!

  4. Team CF says:

    Cheers mate! May your awesomeness continue in 2018 😉

  5. Arrgo says:

    Enjoy your blog and viewpoints. Looking forward to many more next year.

  6. Merry Christmas and I am sure 2018 will be an even bigger year for you

  7. frugalmoneyman says:

    Merry Christmas, and I am excited to see your new posts in 2018! Also congratulations on all of the great accomplishments 2017 provided you! Keep up the great work.

  8. Joe says:

    Happy New Year! Blogging is tough, but keep at it. Great job in 2017. 🙂

  9. MrFiGuy says:

    I had fun reading through your posts! Congrats on going part time. I look forward to reading about your ‘giving back’ projects in 2018.

  10. Mr. Groovy says:

    Awesome, AF. I think it was Mrs. AR who coined the term FIOR–financial independence, optional retirement. I think working part-time qualifies as being FIOR, and that’s quite an accomplishment. Bravo, my friend. I couldn’t agree more with you about our community. Truly amazing people. And Amy certainly exemplifies that.

    I’ve been bandying around the notion that my goal for 2018 is a life filled with comfortable shoes, great sex, and a warm place to go to the bathroom. But after seeing your goal for 2018, I definitely have goal envy. I want to perfect the Peanuts Dance too.

    Love the cut of your jib, AF. Happy New Year!

    • Accidental Fire says:

      With my crazy outdoor-sports habit I often find myself camping which means a not-so-warm place to go to the bathroom sometimes. It builds character. Ya know, Stoicism.

      And yes, FIOR sounds fine to me thanks for the kudos. I’m now almost 3 months in and still detoxing a bit. If anyone hears me complain just smack me upside the head!

      Here’s to a groovy 2018!

  11. Damn Millennial says:

    So cool you went part time! Here is to an even better 2018!

  12. This community is pretty awesome! Congrats on going part time and good luck on perfecting that dance. Maybe you’ll make it to FinCon and you can show off your dance moves 🙂

  13. Congratulations on going part-time! I’ve been a reader of yours of recent and I can already tell you put a lot of work into your content! I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for you.

    Happy New Year!

  14. Doc G says:

    Congrats on the life change, I am struggling on doing just that-going part time. I have enjoyed your content and look forward to reading your posts in the new year.

  15. Congrats on a great 2017! It sounds like you’ve worked hard to get to a point where you can semi-retire. What an accomplishment.

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