Hi Billy & Akaisha
Wow. I’ve been following you guys for almost 10 years now!!! Very crazy. I started researching about early retirement when I was 23 and found your site and read your book. You inspired me to quit my job as a scientist when I was 27 and pursue my real passion, music. It’s always inspiring to hear from you guys.
I started in the spare bedroom or my apartment and now I run a full blown music school with 200 students which has provided me the financial freedom to not work as much as I used to. My goal is to be completely free of “work” by 2017. I’m building my business to run without me so that by the time I’m 35, I can start enjoying the world more.
Thanks to you guys, I try and live very simply anyway. Even with high housing costs just outside the Boston area, I can comfortably live off of ~$2200/month with no debts. I try to save as much as possible. My fiancé and I would like to eventually move to VT where the cost of living is cheaper, the scenery is much better, the lifestyle is much slower and less stressful and we can participate in one of our favorite activities, hiking, whenever we want.
Thank you again for the inspiration. I haven’t written in some time, but it’s always nice to see your Newsletters in my inbox.
What a joy to hear from you after all this time! And of course we are so inspired by what you have chosen to do with your life and the success that you have found. We congratulate you on your creativity and determination to live a fulfilling life in the style that suits you.
We are thrilled with the accomplishment of your music school. How satisfying that must be for you. And that you and your fiance have been able to pare your lifestyle down to affordable amounts and still have the gratification of life, music, nature and each other.
We are quite impressed and wish you and your fiancé all the best in the future.
Thank you for your kind words about our website and thank you for keeping in touch. It’s always great to hear from you!
Wishing you both every good thing,
Akaisha and Billy