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Sounds like you found a method that works for you. For me, if I waited until I had 40x expenses before downshifting, I'd likely be dead or disabled from job stress.

Like I said, when I downshift I'll still be able to live off the money I make working part-time and still save toward FIRE, albeit at a slower rate. But I do need that initial cushion for comfort's sake.

Who knows? Maybe I'll end up writing a bestseller that will be optioned for a movie for 7 figures. I don't know! That's why I'm staying extremely flexible, trying to balance things out, and saving like crazy.

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