At age 37, I am fully aware that I am now at the halfway point of the average American lifespan. I suppose this is literally the most appropriate time to have my midlife crisis.
Finally, I can trade in my old paid-off Honda Element for a brand-new Jeep Wrangler, take a spur of the moment trip to Spain, and start training for American Ninja Warrior…
But instead, I am focusing all that energy into planning for the 2nd half of my life- and my wife’s, as well as our children’s future.
My wife and I got married 10 and a half years ago, right in the middle of the 2008 Financial Crisis.
The first half of our marriage was spent building our careers from entry level positions and trying to manage the tens of thousands of dollars of debt we were in; largely due to college loans and our wedding.
The most recent half of our marriage began with us finally becoming debt-free in 2013, buying the last steal-of-a-deal new home in the Nashville area, and both finding ourselves far enough into our careers and side hustles that we started making a comfortable living.
But as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid explains, your goals and motivations evolve as you overcome your previous more basic needs and desires.
Now the focus is… how to invest our steady stream of income into our future.
I thought it was as simple as just paying off our house, then worrying about retirement afterwards.
However, my wife has been listening to the Moneywise program on Moody Radio on the way home from work each day. She explained to me that based on our interest rate on our home, it would actually be a better investment of our money to start building our retirement now, alongside paying off our mortgage early.
My wife then set us up an appointment with Charles Schwab financial investment company, which she had been hearing endorsed on Moneywise.
Today was the big day.
Our financial advisor helped us rollover my 401K from my previous employer to traditional IRA and select a portfolio for it. She also gave us direction on determining our financial goals so we could better plan our retirement and our kids’ college funds.
This was a major milestone for us. Here’s to the second half of life!