Author: Elizabeth Willard Thames
Source: TLC Book Tours
Summary: This wasn’t a book that included much specific advice for saving, but it was a relatable story told in an authentic and self-aware way.
Blogger Elizabeth Thames and her husband Nate were following a conventional path to success in their 20’s, but they weren’t happy. Despite being married and succeeding at their careers, they felt worn down except for their weekly hikes. This led them to commit to a dream of achieving financial independence and purchasing a homestead in Vermont as quickly as possible. Although they’d always lived fairly modestly, they immediately started saving in a more extreme way. Within three years, they were able to quit their jobs. This is the story of that process.
Since my husband and I are also young professionals living in a city, I picked this up hoping for some specific, relevant advice for ways we could save more. This wasn’t that kind of book. It did contain a great general guide for those beginning to save, but none of the advice was new to me. Instead, I ended up enjoying this as a relatable memoir. Part of that was probably that she and her husband started in a position similar to where my husband and I are now. I also found the way she had to adjust to life after the clear objectives provided by being in school relatable. I think her search for purpose and fulfillment will resonate with a lot of people as well.
Even for those who are at different places in their lives, I think she does several other things to be relatable. She writes in a warm, funny way. Unlike several other recent memoirs I’ve read, she manages to achieve a casual tone without seeming like a novice writer. She was also willing to share the things she struggled with, from little things like eating too many cheetos, to big things like drifting apart from her husband when they were both unhappy. At the very beginning, she includes a gracious acknowledgement of the privilege that helped her get to where she is. She’s always clear that her path may not be accessible to everyone. I’d definitely recommend the book, but you could start by checking out her blog. This book certainly made me more excited to spend some time on her blog, which I hope will share similar writing and more specific advice.
For some other perspectives, check out the other stops on the tour.