Reaching 99% FI is something I could not even imagine when I discovered FIRE and started this blog over 3 years ago!
It doesn’t seem real in a sense, but nonetheless, here I am.
I know I’m not the most eloquent blog writer, and there are some fantastic UK FIRE blogs out there at the moment, but I persevere and hope my updates provide some value and inspiration to someone out there.
Mrs FU is a much better writer than me and I keep trying to persuade her to write some more posts for the blog, but she continues to be extremely busy doing her amazing job of bringing our 6 kids up and running her tutoring business as well.
The support of other UK bloggers and their comments on various posts does provide encouragement to continue writing updates, as it can seem that sometimes no one is out there reading or interested in the posts published. Special mention and thanks has to go out to weenie at quietlysaving, tony at onemillionjourney, gm at gettingminted, gff at gentlemansfamilyfinances, indeedably at sovereignquest, jase at firelifestyle , jamie at lemonadebudget, the fireshrink, Dr fire, cath at thesquirreler, and any others I have failed to mention, who are regular commenters/likers on my posts.
So, what happens now?
Although I am nearly FI, I am not going to RE just yet.
I will continue to work until I can draw my SIPP in just over 4 years time, although now the pressure is off to some extent on the money earning side of things so I will become more selective on doing the type of work I enjoy.
I have some vague ideas about succession planning for my property business and maybe one of my boys, or my daughter, will take over at some point. FU#3 does his GCSE’s this year and has
expressed grunted an interest in starting work with me in an apprentice capacity. I am devising a pathway that he might follow with me to gain his qualifications up through to degree level, then gradually take over the running of the business so I can step back in 4 years time.
Lots to think about and plan!