It all started on a sunny day in June of the year 2016. There was this simple idea to use the online world as a method to track down my investment progress. A rather personal showcase of the pursuit of financial independence and the journey it takes to get there. On that particular day in June, I shared with my husband that I liked the idea of having a blog. His answer? ‘Go for it.’ A little later Divnomics was born.
Fast forward 30 months, and here we are today.
Within the past 3 years of the existence of this blog, things have happened that I could never imagine. You might think that blogging is something you do alone, locked in a room with nothing more than a laptop. But that image couldn’t be further from the truth. I have been to around 7 FIRE meet-ups, met dozens of people who are involved with investing or personal finance in some way and learned to open up about my vision of money with others. Made new friends, got lots of new insights and am very grateful for the journey so far.
And it’s exactly that journey that leads me to this choice…
This post will be the last one published on Divnomics.
At first, the only thing I wanted to change was the name. Divnomics was set up so I could track our trajectory of dividend investing. And well, since we sold our entire dividend stock portfolio in November 2017… It is about time to shake things up.
Why the change?
Divnomics was and is a blog which originally focused on Dividend Growth Investing, tracking a portfolio and dividend income, give insight into the stocks we bought and share anything related to it. Hence the name of the blog.
In my FIRE journey, there have been some changes where the story has outgrown the name.
First, we stopped investing in dividend stocks and started investing in real estate.
Secondly, my writings have expanded from stocks and investing posts, onto something broader and touch several other topics I’m either very interested in or is a different part of the financial independence spectrum. Like developing the right mindset, the search for more freedom overall and other money or life-related insights.
The whole idea of being financially independent, ironically, has nothing to do with money. It’s much more a philosophical pursuit than a financial one. Where we aim to get rid of the ‘looking financial successful’ concept and replace it with feeling financially strong. I have been wrapping my mind around ideas like how less spending fuels happiness, how a lot of important things in our lives don’t have a price tag and that success and wealth follow suit from focusing on that what is meaningful to you.
Within my journey to financial independence, I had been focussing on the money aspect quite some time. Other area’s in my life didn’t always get the same attention. My health, social relationships, and work ethic were neglected over time. Not something I am very proud of. Since FIRE is more of a lifestyle than a job replacement, my focus shifted towards getting the most out of life right now, instead of later on. Which also means there are more things worth to invest in.
Based on this, I wanted to create a new blog where I wouldn’t feel limited to the niche topic the old name refers to. Where a mix of personal stories, real estate adventures and general insights would co-exist. Both in a financial and a philosophical view.
Thus, I introduce to you:
We continue our journey of building wealth through real estate investing. And although wealth is often associated with a millionaire lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be.
“When you discover you have more money than time, you should stop pursuing money and focus on getting the most out of your time.”
– tweet by Jonathan Clements
If you were reading Divnomics for the dividend investing updates, I don’t know why you are still here… But I can recommend you to take a look at DividendDiplomats, which was one of the first dividend blogs that led me to FIRE. For all else, I understand if what I write won’t always be of everyone’s interest. If you want any topic, question or situation covered, just let me know!
Most of all, I hope you will follow along on the next wealth!
See you there.