19 June 2017

An introduction

I'm not sure what I am going to write on here, not yet anyway. I guess I just wanted somewhere to post my ramblings.

This is me: 44, Jamie, mother of four, dreamer, writer, campervan owner, with an insatiable need to travel full-time. Only I can't, not just yet. My oldest is now 21. My other children are growing up fast and I love them with all my heart, but I have had an urge to travel since before I found out I was pregnant with my oldest, and with four children, one with 24 hour a day care needs, I have had to put my dreams on hold for a while. I don't live with my other half G, but we plan to do that at some point in the near future.

Now I am getting to the point where the future is on the horizon, I can almost taste it. This year saw me return to work full-time after 21 years at home. My eldest now manages my house and takes care of his brother full-time, which has allowed me to go back to work.

Over the next few years there are big changes coming in our house. If all goes according to plan, my number two will be leaving to go off to university next September, and my number three will be taking up a place at a residential special needs school the same month, and then on to a specialist college two years later for three more years. For those five years, number three will return home on half-terms and school holidays, then when he leaves college, I will find him a placement locally, but he won't be returning to live with me again. At that point my youngest will be 19, and this mummy will be seeking adventure.

So, my dreams are this; I would love to live in a motorhome and travel around Europe. I am aiming for Financial Independence sometime around 55, earlier if I can manage it. I am currently saving over 35% of my income and am increasing this month after month. The target is to retire at 55 (11 years time) and live full-time in a motorhome, which would reduce the amount needed in my retirement pot.

This blog will document my journey. A little bit on financial independence, minimalism, travel, dreams, writing, money and other musings.

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