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Post 7101 is now "posted" above my desk at work. This will be used when discussing finances with co-workers.

This post is dedicated to the person who originally taught me those 10 Mental Exercises, the concept and the plan to attain ER - my Mom.

My Mom said: "It's not what you make, it's how you spend it" - those words echo in my mind constantly - she said them to my sister and I; literally, day after day.

My Mom said: "I have been planning my retirement since I was 12 years old". After leaving military service in 1957 to marry and start her family, being a stay at home Mom for 16 years, then entering the workforce again to resume work, then retiring the day she turned 62 with more money then she will probably ever spend - she is living her dream of being her own person and not a wage slave.

17 years ago, upon my announcement that I was to marry, she quietly took me aside and pointed out that my intended groom possessed a drastically different philosophy on money management and that this could lead to serious problems. Her advice fell on deaf ears. When my married financial situation started collapsing around me due to this differing philosophy, she took me aside and said: "If you remain in this situation you will retire from the service with nothing to show for your effort". I heeded her counsel and fixed the situation. I am now with a man who shares the same values as I do.

When I reached my financial ER goal last week, 15 months early, she sent me a congratulations card and said "achieving financial independence will allow you to be your own person".

Thanks Mom.


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