Ending and New Beginning – Letters from Florence

florence2Letters from Florence was an ex-pat’s view of life in Florence, Italy.  Now that she moved to Portland, she has started another blog but “Letters from Florence” remains up.

“Even though I still have a few more posts in the pipeline here at Letters from Florence, I thought I’d mention that the new, Portland-based blog is up and taking those first few tentative lurches toward a full-on writerly stride, as soon as I can settle a bit here and get my bearings.” Continue reading…

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Graceful Goodbye – Graceful Retirement

A great suggestion from Grumpy Rumblings… Finance blogger Graceful Retirement ‘retires’ from blogging after six years.

“I realized the other day that I haven’t written a post for this blog in months.

More importantly, while I still read the blogs in my blogroll, I’m actually reading far more ‘mommy’ blogs these days than finance blogs.

I started this blog six years ago because I was utterly panicked at my lack of retirement plans, either financial plans or emotional ones. I thought exposing my finances, albeit anonymously, would help keep me honest and would garner me support as well as help me face reality.” Continue reading…

Updated August 28, 2014: I copied the entire post below, since the blog may disappear at any time. I hope Graceful Retirement doesn’t mind.

 

I realized the other day that I haven’t written a post for this blog in months.

More importantly, while I still read the blogs in my blogroll, I’m actually reading far more ‘mommy’ blogs these days than finance blogs.

I started this blog six years ago because I was utterly panicked at my lack of retirement plans, either financial plans or emotional ones. I thought exposing my finances, albeit anonymously, would help keep me honest and would garner me support as well as help me face reality.

I have to say it has worked out exactly that way. You have all been wonderful, even or maybe, especially, when critical.

It’s been an amazing six years. I got my youngest child educated and out the door. I survived a quadruple by-pass. I saved for my retirement. And I cut my debt, though not nearly to the extent I might have wished.

I’m not giving up on any of my goals. Some are going better than others. My retirement funds went into the black hole of the recession but I kept contributing throughout. They have now fully recovered, and at this point, I have nearly reached my goal of $400,000. According to projections, I am actually on target to have $450,000 at age 69. But that retirement age is a moving target. Given that my grandson will not graduate high school until I’m 71, I’m strongly considering working until then.

My car is now paid off. My house has less than a year to go.

My debt is reduced some but this blog has charted the ups and downs of that. There are days when it seems to me I’ve made Murphy a permanent house guest. I should have paid off all my debt by now but it’s no use whining. My job is to keep whittling away at it.

I’ll leave the blog up for awhile, but eventually, it will disappear into the ether.

It’s been a grand six years. I thank you and so does my budget.