WOOO-HOOOO to All the Bogleheads posting Milestones.
Milestones are important (although, like goalposts, although once they are reached, they get moved a bit!---a subject for another thread).
Twenty years ago, reading a financial planning book, I decided to write myself a check for the inconceivable amount of a million dollars. At the time, that seemed like the amount of money I would need to live a carefree life. I looked at it, tore it up and wrote a larger check, deciding that I should think bigger. Dare more. I put that check away in a planning notebook.
Along with my other (frankly more important) life goals, in terms of my financial life, I continued to: Earn, save, invest, repeat.
It really helped when, along the way, I found a wonderful SO who is also frugal.
Then last year, I came upon that old check----and, yep, we had just hit it, right on the nose. I was astounded!
Our milestones in the past two years:
1. We made our big number. Eureka!
2. We contributed 50K to our Vanguard Donor Advised Fund.
3. I'm retiring in December.
I am so grateful to all of my "teachers"----chief among them, John Bogle.
And I am so grateful to all the Bogleheads I read for years before finally signing up on the forum to participate.
Congrats to all on the wonderful milestones. I've so enjoyed reading this thread and (virtually) celebrating everyone's successes.
I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. ~Pablo Picasso