The Other Side of FIRE

Last year I flew to England and attended Chautauqua: UK 2017. I was so inspired while I was there that, among other things, I started this blog. It was very early in my current relationship so my girlfriend didn’t attend with me. While I was there I couldn’t stop thinking about how valuable it could have been to our relationship if we had attended together.

One of the number one causes of disagreements in relationships is money. Because of that, it’s important to have an open dialog about money as early as possible. But when do you start talking about net worth, credit card debt, and investment strategy? First date, sixth date, engagement…? I figured that attending Chautauqua together could not only facilitate our communication but we could talk openly with other couples about how they handle money.

My mission was clear. We needed to attend Chautauqua as a couple. After some hardcore coaxing and a video chat with FIRECracker and Wanderer from Millennial Revolution we booked our flights to Greece.

There is no shortage of couples where where one partner is completely onboard with Financial Independence and the other is meh about it. I thought it would be helpful to other couples to document my girlfriend’s thoughts about Chautauqua before and after the event. So I convinced begged her to participate in an interview series documenting her experience. I wanted to know:

  • What did she think when I attended last year?
  • What were her expectations and why did she decide to attend this year?
  • Did it meet her expectations?

Follow her experience below:


  1. Jeff on October 30, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Great post! Glad you guys had a good time!

    • Brandon on October 30, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks! Miss you brother.

  2. Jane on October 30, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    So glad she came along Brandon. Loved the interview and hearing her talk about her Chautauqua experience. Was an awesome week with awesome people! See you both again at the next one?

    • Brandon on October 30, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Loved seeing you too again! Ha, possibly. Probably cheaper to hang out outside of Chautauqua lol

  3. Mr Chaos on October 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I love the video!

    Brandon – I’m looking forward to seeing whether your cooking skills live up to the Kimi standard…

    • Brandon on October 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      I mean…I prefer cooking together so she can makeup for my shortcomings.

  4. Amanda on October 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I love this!!! So cool Brandon & Kimmy!

    • Brandon on October 30, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks. It took a ton of convincing but I’m glad she acquiesced.

  5. Mrs Chaos on October 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Love this Brandon! And well done Kimi! p.s.Nice logo and facelift on the site btw!

    • Brandon on October 30, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks! Took a page out of Kevin’s book and got the logo from fiverr.

  6. FIRECracker on October 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Ha ha. I love this video! So awesome to hear Kimmy’s thoughts on Chautauqua and great job “dragging” her along. We loved having her with us and are so happy she had a great time! Well played, good sir, well played.

    Can’t wait to see you guys again!

    • Brandon on October 31, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      You guys definitely played a role in making it happen. We love spending time with you guys.

      Miss you guys and hope to meet up again soon!

  7. Shane on November 3, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Great video! So sad Brandy and I didn’t make it this year. So how long before y’all are done? Once you pull the trigger we can have retirement meetups all over the world.

    • Brandon on November 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Shane! We would have loved to see you there. It’s going to be a while for us before we’re there but that doesn’t mean we can’t meet up all over the world!

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