I am a 30-something living and working for a nonprofit in Washington D.C. This blog is not the end or the beginning, but rather a snapshot along the way toward the dream: passive income, an early retirement and lots of vacations.

What have I accomplished so far? I successfully saved more than $80,000 over 8 years, while living in one of the nation’s most expensive cities, making an average of $54,000/year and paying an average of $3,500/ year in my ever-growing student loans. This is a savings of more than 35% of my take home pay, (does not include my retirement accounts). While I’ve made big mistakes, I also learned some pro-tips along the way. Join me on this journey to learn how I save, splurge, and invest.

Biggest achievement: Bought a condo in my favorite neighborhood in the city.

Biggest goal: Paying off $90,000 in student loans in the next three years.