About Me

cropped-MrRip513x513.pngHi dear reader!

Welcome to RetireInProgress, yet another a blog about Personal Finance, Financial Independence and Early Retirement!

I’m Mr.RIP, an Italian software engineer living in Switzerland since 2012, and this is my blog about my journey to FIRE.

You’re very welcome 🙂

On my blog I plan to cover topics related to earning, spending, investing, housing, living, retiring (and more) in Italy and Switzerland. Yes, I know, there’s plenty of blogs about the same topics on the internet, but here’s a list of few (almost) unique things I hope to bring to the table:

  • Switzerland (MustachianPost, I said almost unique!) and Italian specific aspects of FIRE.
  • My unique point of view about the financial, ethical, and philosophical aspects of FI.
  • My unique story, choices, experiences and values.

I assume almost everyone who happens to visit this blog knows what Financial Independence is. In case you don’t, well, there’s plenty of resources around, including this blog, that will teach you what it is and why you should aim at it. Here’s the Wikipedia definition, a very good one:

Financial independence is generally used to describe the state of having sufficient personal wealth to live, without having to work actively for basic necessities. For financially independent people, their assets generate income that is greater than their expenses.

Strictly related to Financial Independence is the concept of Early Retirement: stop working before stop working would be socially acceptable. Yes, agree, the definition kinda sucks and it’s an intrinsic problem of today’s language and the lack of a better word than Retired to describe someone who takes a step back from mainstream employment and does what he or she wants. Retirement is considered to be something old people achieve. I’m not going to solve this linguistic issue here today!

The two concepts (FI and RE) are related. One may want to reach FI to escape wage slavery, i.e. to retire early. At the same time, one can retire (early or not) only if it’s financially sustainable.

So… why do I want to go there? I’ve always been a saver, a sober person, a frugal guy. I’ve always spent less than I earned. I’ve always had a lot of passions and not enough time left to spend on them on top of my job.

Then, at one point, I had my FI Epiphany and finally the big picture was revealed: not having to work means that I could do what I really love instead of caring about a salary. Bingo! Not that I don’t like my current job… luckily it’s one of the best in the world. It’s just that I don’t see myself happy having to work 40 hours per week, until age 65.

That’s why the blog name is RetireInProgress: I’m here to document my journey toward Early Retirement that will probably end once I reach Financial Independence. The blog’s headline shows a monthly quarterly updated progress bar that tells how close I am to my goal. It will obviously go up and down (ideally only up!) as my Net Worth and FU Number move.

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Now, few facts about me, Mr.RIP:

  • I’m a 39y0 40yo 41yo italian guy living in Switzerland since 2012.
  • I dream about retiring before age 45 43.
  • I’m a well paid software engineer, working for a tech company that we’ll call Hooli.
  • I’m in a relationship since 2011 with Miss RIP I’m married with Mrs. RIP (from Italy too) since March 2017, with no kids so far and we’re expecting a and we have a daughter (Baby RIP) born in late April 2018.
  • My unsorted WIP Passions list contains: nature, sports, travels, reading, writing, theater acting, socializing, (board/video/role-playing/card) games, learning, science, teaching, sharing, efficiency, sustainability, happiness, freedom… Mix these ingredients for better recipes! E.g. a 7 day bike trip along a river with Mrs RIP and a book (done! Donauradweg in 2013!)
  • My unsorted WIP Things-That-Sucks list contains: cars, noises, cigarettes, pollution, consumerism, advertisements, authority, debts, lawyers, corruption, cheating, …

I can hear you loud and clear, skeptic reader: why start a blog? What do you want to achieve with this blog? Good question indeed! Here follows a list of reasons why I decided to start blogging:

  • Learn about FIRE topics. I’ve been reading A LOT in last more-than-5 years and I think I know my game. Writing and being more present in the FIRE community will expose me to feedback and bring my challenge to next level.
  • Share and improve my strategy toward FI, thanks to your feedback.
  • Share my philosophy and thoughts and compare them with others’.
  • Strongly commit myself to my goals.
  • Help others learning from my mistakes.
  • Meet people similar to me. Where are you, buddies??
  • Improve my writing skills and exploit my passion for writing. Writing is a thing I think I want to do a lot when retired. This is my playground!
  • Become the European Mr. Money Mustache! Ok, joking. 😀

Dear reader, I hope you’ll find my blog useful and entertaining! If you have anything to tell me I’m more than happy to listen to you. 🙂

Mr.RIP

 

Some additional resources

Don’t know where to start? Take a look at my Start Here page.

Want to know more about my personal and financial story? Check it out!

Wanna full immersion in my blog? Take a look at the Binge Read page 🙂

9 comments

  1. Hi Mr RIP,

    First I would to congrat you for your nice looking and interesting blog! When did you actually start blogging? I really like your writing style and your curiosity. I’m looking forward to read more of your post.

    1. Hi Mr SIP 😀
      Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.
      I started blogging on June 2016. If you look at the Binge Reading page I mentioned my first post date there.

    1. Hi Paul, welcome to retireinprogress 🙂
      Congrats on having already reached “the goal”! Or, as they say on r/fi… wait, I forgot what they say there 😀

  2. Hello there,
    I’m Gabriele, from Italy as well, but for some logistic purposes I’ll talk in English as well.
    I’m 23 and with almost a graduation in nursing.
    I strongly believe being a FIRE is not just possible, but a duty.
    On of the key of the game is: know your destination in advance.
    I want so badly retire as soon as possible, and after the graduation I’ll put my heart and mind in it.
    Keep going on.
    Italy, obviously, is with you

    1. Hi Gabriele, thank you for your kind words 🙂
      If I may suggest something to you: don’t get obsessed with it. Behave properly (earn more, spend less, invest the difference) and FI will come.
      If you focus to much on it right at the beginning of your career you will miss the joyful part of it.
      At age 23 you should be eager to go to work and show your worth!

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