Elimination #1 – Kelly

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Elimination #1 – Kelly

 It’s sad … but there can be only 7. And, since Kelly was one of the early applicants this is really elimination number 70-something 🙂 so she shouldn’t feel too bad.

Kelly has a’big dream’ … but, one that I think she will fulfill by remaining an active member of the 7m7y community.

Don’t be too disappointed, Kelly … you got this far, so I’m sure that you will succeed, and we do want you stay an active member of the 7m7y Community!

Let’s catch Kelly’s post …

Its time to jump the tracks.

I like to think of myself as a frugal person, but in truth I know I am really not.

I do a few things, like pack my lunch, hypermile to save gas, and don’t pay any attention to the Joneses. I live well below my means, but then, I do a few things that are anything but frugal, such as having very expensive hobbies, living obscenely far from work to support my expensive hobby.

My attempts at being frugal are helping to free me from debt, and are keeping my head above water, but at what cost?

What is the cost of following these train tracks as far as they go?

Will I have a million dollars by the time I am 65? At this rate, probably yes, but is that really enough?

Am I willing to settle for working like a dog for the next 40 years to barely eke out a living and wait to die? I don’t think so, I’m just not willing to do it anymore.

Perhaps as a generation we have gotten a little too much of a taste of freedom, perhaps this has been a long time coming, but either way, I think those days are over.

The American dream is beginning to change. It used to be a house in the suburbs, a housewife, a dog and two kids. It was working until you are 65 then cruising the country in a Winnebago for the next 10





15 years you have left. Does anyone really want this anymore? Are you willing to spend your entire life waiting for those few moments of freedom?

Tomorrow is promised to no one my friends, and I for one am no longer willing to wait my entire life for a chance to live. So what does this mean? It means that 1 million dollars, the supposed holy grail of retirement funds, is no longer nearly enough.

It means that six figures for a salary is not enough, well, not if you are going to live and pay taxes in the US. To fund that jet setting life style a lot of us dream about, you need closer to $250,000 a year. We’re here to learn how to make millions, not peanuts.

That being said, it’s time to jump the tracks. It’s time to break free from the traces and free ourselves from the old drovers. Now is the time of mini





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Kelly, so sorry to see you go! Good luck in whatever you do!

I’ll second Heidi’s comment. Good luck to you!