We are Mr. & Mrs. Trade Our Life. Mr. TOL is 37 years old and was raised as a good ole Georgia boy. I (Mrs. TOL) am 30 yrs. old and was raised as a sweet Carolina girl. We found each other surprisingly in the crazy world of online dating …Who knew?!…shrugs :). We have an awesome blended family that includes a laid-back 15 yr. old son, a beautiful 6 year old daughter, and a charming 4 year old son. Our favorite hobby is traveling which is closely followed by listening to good music. Mr. TOL also loves working out and watching sports while I enjoy reading, writing, and anything that has to do with creativity.
In 2015, my husband and I decided we were tired of the rat race and knew there must be more to life than this. We decided to embark on a journey to “trade our life”. The life we would trade was that of the typical working couple – alarms going off at 5 am, dressed, groomed, making a quick protein shake and rushing out the door by 5:30am with commutes around 1.5 hours – one way. We hated it. It was time to trade this “life” for a completely different “life”. That life was the life of financial independence!
We decided that the freedom of our time and the luxury to spend it in our own way was worth much more than the ability to buy nicer cars, an expensive house, trendy wardrobes , dinner at high-end restaurants, or extravagant trips. What we loved was each other, our family, and the flexibility to live in the true calling and purpose for our lives. These things can be quite difficult to do when 10+ hrs. of our day are consumed by work and long commutes.
Mr. TOL has always had a knack for numbers and finds great enjoyment in studying and analyzing the stock market. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and find great enjoyment in reading about others who have found their way to Financial Independence from smart investing and a frugal life style. We decided to merge our interests together and start this blog.
On this blog, we will discuss numerous topics dealing with our daily lives. We will track our stock portfolio, including purchases, dividend income, sells, strategies and everything in between. We will include constant updates on our personal journey to being debt-free, as we climb out of consumer debt during 2016 and give updates on our Net Worth. Our life is not all about our finances and becoming debt free. We have three active children that always provide excitement on a daily basis and we will share our family experiences.
We hope our blog will help others by providing helpful financial tips through real life experiences of investing, saving, and resourcefulness to meet our financial independence goals. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and hope to see you at our final destination of Financial Independence!