Our lunch with retirement blogger Just One More Year

Published December 6, 2015   Posted in Having some fun

Yesterday was a day that I thought would never come, the day where my wife and I actually sat down to have lunch with another personal finance blogger. We met at a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ and talked retirement, goals and generally about what makes us happy.

We met up with Bryan and Dianne from Just One More Year.

LunchI am continuously amazed at how open and warm the early retirement community is. So many of us are supportive of what each other are doing. We understand the motivations of other bloggers, because we want out too. When we hear someone say, “Life is short”, we know what that truly means.

Life is short, so live NOW.

We chatted about how similar our plans are and talked about options for finishing out work. We discussed Sedona a lot, a place where my wife and I were originally going to move to after retirement (Bryan and his wife already live there). Lots of Airstream and general camping talk. Bryan told us the story of how he got his own truck and trailer in a process that happened almost on a whim.

After the lunch, my wife and I thought to ourselves how nice it is to be able to meet up with someone whom we’ve never met before in person, but due to our shared interests and mutual dislike of jobs, we dove into conversation as if we had known each other for years.

It was a truly wonderful lunch, not only due to the delicious food but also the awesome company. We will most definitely meet up again in the future, perhaps in our respective RVs, as friends. Making friends and spending time around positive influences is something that never gets old.

In fact, it’s integral to our plans of early retirement. The more GOOD friends that people have, the happier we all become.

Lastly, my wife and I are in southern Arizona – if anyone happens to roll through the area and would like to grab a bite, let us know and we’ll be glad to get together – as one big happy family…or something like that!  🙂

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12 responses to “Our lunch with retirement blogger Just One More Year”

  1. That is awesome you were able to meet up with someone from the community! I’ve never met anyone from the online world in person yet but I think that is what is so special about this community – you may have never actually “met” but it is like you already kind of know these people.

    My wife and I are hoping to make it to Arizona within the next year or two since we have friends there and we may need to take you up on your offer if we venture to that part of the state! Otherwise, if anywhere here ever finds themselves in Northeast Wisconsin – let me know! 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I need to do a better job of this when I travel for work. I’ve been to Denver a couple of times for work but never thought to hit up Mr. 1500 or others. It seems like most of the places I go though, I don’t have an internet FI friend unfortunately. If I ever make it to Southern Arizona, you’ll be the first person I tell. And obviously same goes to you for any time you come to NYC. Take care.

  3. Great stuff. It’s an incredibility generous community. Always great to connect with like minded folks.

  4. Steve,

    Dianne and I had a wonderful time meeting you this last weekend. It is amazing how easily the conversation flowed about each of our personal finance journeys. Driving away from our lunch, we both commented how much fun it was getting to know each other better. It felt like we have been friends for years!

    I have to say you and Courtney are great people to be around and we absolutely look forward to some potential camping adventures together. I am betting we can find somewhere nice to meet in this great state of Arizona again.

    ATTENTION ThinkSaveRetire readers: I would absolutely take Steve up on his offer to meet up if you get near their area. You can look forward to stimulating, thought provoking, and intelligent conversation with this couple. They are the real PF Deal, keeping their eyes on the ultimate goal, without being too hung up on sweating the small stuff.

    We can’t wait to visit and talk again!

    PS – Take Steve’s advice on ordering the “Donkey Nachos”. In fact for that matter – take all his advice!

  5. Yay, I’m always happy to hear about these online meet-ups. I’ve met some great friends through the web over the years. Hope to buy you a beer when we’re on the road!

    • Steve says:

      I like beer! And yeah, I’m sure the road will bring us across the paths of many within the blogosphere. Lots of people to see, but also so MUCH time. 🙂

  6. Stockbeard says:

    I probably won’t do that kind of meetup for a while, given that I intend to stay reasonably anonymous for the time being (at lest until I reach FIRE), but it sure sounds great to have lunch and chat with people who share similar goals as the rest of us

    • Steve says:

      Understood, Stockbeard – some do prefer to remain a little more anonymous than others. But once you’re ready to “come out”, we’ll all be here ready and willing to grab a bite with ya! 🙂

  7. John says:

    It’s great you were able to connect with like minded people. I’ve already learned how hard it is to find early retirement peers (late 40’s) with the same mindset and available time. Most guys my age are still putting in the 40+ hour weeks and can’t relate to my schedule.

    Glad you were able to meet with others of similar mindset!

    John

    • Steve says:

      Thanks John – yup, I know exactly how you feel. The last place that I worked was very, very similar to what you are describing. Early retirement was the LAST thing that they ever worried about.

  8. Very cool! Reading the blogs so much can definitely make you feel like you know the other bloggers in real life. I can see how it would feel very natural once you meet in person. I’ve never met anyone from the PF community, but I know there are several others in Texas. If you’re ever passing through San Antonio, feel free to let us know!

    • Steve says:

      You got it! I’ve never been to San Antonio myself, but my folks have stayed there in the past while RVing and said it’s a beautiful city, so we’d like to go one day. Eventually, we’ll make it there! 🙂

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