Financial Independence: Doing It Your Way

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

There are a lot of definitions for the term financial independence. While it looks different for everyone, we define it simply as the ability to make it on your own.

Of course, that definition can apply to different phases of your life. The first time you encounter it is when you stop relying on your parents (asking for lavish birthday gifts, however, is always acceptable). Later on, it can mean liberation from debts like student loans, mortgages, and credit cards. In the middle of those headaches, you may get the sweet reprieve of falling in love, and merging finances. If that doesn't work out, you become reacquainted with your independence again. Once you've survived all the turmoil, you earn the endless summer of "independence from working," less creatively known as retirement.

Big Life Changes, Big Help Wanted

“Financial independence is the simple idea that you can make it on your own.”

While some things about your life change, you can choose to make your support network constant. Your network may include people and things like family, friends, doctors, banks, and late night fast food restaurants. It's eternally comforting that Domino's has been delivering me cheesy bread from childhood to adulthood, and never asks for my relationship status or credit score as a contingency for ordering.

While unhealthy cheesy bread can always give me a momentary rush of satisfaction (which lasts longer if they remember the garlic dipping sauce), I can't eat it every day. The truth is, the quick fix never lasts.

“Health constants in your life are marked by consistent, empowering support.”

Healthy constants in your life are marked by consistent, empowering support. Developing a network that lifts you up makes moving through life more manageable. Better Half strives to be your partner in accomplishing financial independence.

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