Like all good things, the three year experiment has come to an end.
Don’t panic: The Three Year Experiment hasn’t come to an end, though my posts are certainly less frequent than they have been!
But, the three year experiment, whereby my family worked towards location and financial independence within three years, has come to an end.
Technically, I suppose it should have ended in July, on my 40th birthday, but the blog only really got started in January of 2017, so I gave us until December, 2019, to reach our goal.
Did we do it? Are we location independent?
Well, now that I have a location-dependent job, I suppose we’re not, although we don’t need the job, so I could hypothetically quit any time. Mr. ThreeYear is a remote worker, so we could move, at least within the US. We’ll also likely spend some time this summer outside of the US, with him working remotely. So, I will say that, YES, we are location independent, and more importantly, we have engineered our lives to be more reflective of our values and desires.
- We live closer to both sides of our family.
- We can travel more, in the summers especially.
Are we financially independent?
Technically our goal was to double our net worth by the end of 2019. Spoiler alert: we didn’t make it.
We DID, however, get 82% of the way there, even with our move. Next year, we should finally double our 2016 net worth, so even though it took us 4 years, I’m pretty stoked (according to my projections, it should take about 5 more for us to double it again).
I thought that we would have spent a gazillion dollars this year, but it turns out, our spending was lower than last year’s, even with an obscene amount of spending for home upgrades. We’ve been so content with our new digs that we haven’t felt the need to take as many vacations, so lower spending in that category probably offset some of the spending in the Home Improvement category.
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