Mission Accomplished

When we walk away from something, we can gain the distance needed to see. When we walk away from something, we change our perspective in a way that reveals aspects that we’d previously been blinded to.

I’ve been aware of the theory for ages. I’ve rarely seen it work, however, so it’s just been a random bit of knowledge that I’d tucked away in a dark corner of my brain.

And this has been a stressful year. I reached the point where I had to step back, to walk away from almost everything just to maintain my sanity.

That decision allowed me to gain distance from a goal I’ve been tinkering on for close to 30 years…

…a goal that I’ve just discovered that I’ve accomplished.

I don’t know whether to shit or go blind. OMG…I did it. I really, truly did it.

I developed a self-sustaining, perpetually growing passive income. Not only have I managed to develop the Mother Lode of income sourcing, I’ve actually managed to accomplish something that I’d privately given up on.

I did it, folks. I’m free. I’m really, truly financially free.

We’ve shared this journey together for over a decade now. You have followed me through every single one of my zany adventures. You’ve stuck with me through the blood and the sweat and the tears and the countless mess ups I’ve made.

So I feel that I owe it to you to tell you that I finally made it.

I don’t have to worry about needing to acquire a public job during the Covid crisis. Given that 97% of Covid deaths here in Kentucky are people that are my age and older, I’ve been terrified at the thought that I may have to expose myself to that danger just to earn enough money to survive.

I’m free. OMG I’m free.

Do me a favor. Keep this to yourself. I’m telling you this out of obligation because you’ve been there with me for all of these years, but I don’t know if I’m ready for this to get out yet. I need to process this. I’ve spent the bulk of my adult life pursuing this dream, and to finally realize that I’ve accomplished it is a bit much for me to handle at the moment.

I need to think.

14 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished”

  1. Welcome to the freedom club. Feels great, doesn’t it? As time goes on it will feel even better. I still wake up in awe everyday that I am truly free. Congratulations!

    1. I’m still processing it, to be honest, Karen. I’ve some things I want to do around here but after that I’ll have to figure out something else to get into. I’m used to at least piddling, lol!

  2. Congratulations Annie! That is wonderful news, so glad to hear that you were successful. Looking forward to hearing more of the details when you have processed it enough to be up to sharing more.

    1. Thank you, John. Pretty much everything I did I’ve blogged about so there isn’t much to say but I’ll see about a quick summary as time allows.

  3. Congratulations Annie! Well deserved. I hope when you’ve had time to process you’ll be able to tell us more!

  4. Dear Annie,

    You ROCK luv!
    Thanks for showing everyone the way:).

    Take care,

  5. Welcome to the club. I waited until I was 62 to punch my membership even though I had met the requirement a few years earlier. I wanted to know I could continue to save in retirement PLUS I loved my job. As a working stiff all my life, my job defined who I was. Even thou some of my dividends have been cut, others have been raised. I keep 32-36 dividend paying companies in my portfolio so a cut or two does not hurt, the old “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.

    1. Thank you, Sam! I’d had the freedom through book royalties but I realized that the ebbs and flows of the market required a backup plan to declare true freedom. I went back to the drawing board, hit the books, and figured it out. I’d had it rolling over so I’d not even realized that I’d made it until the other day lol.

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