They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
If that’s the case, this will be a very long article.
I executed a radical lifestyle shift almost exactly one year ago, embarking on a journey to indefinitely relocate abroad to Thailand in order to live out my early retirement dreams.
That decision was partly shaped by fundamental realignments in what I value, my relationship with money, the prioritization of personal freedoms, and the meaning of home.
This change was embraced, but I also remained mindful of the potential challenges regarding culture shock.
Much to my surprise, I actually experienced reverse culture shock. The financial rewards of becoming an expat can be significant, but I’d actually view the non-financial rewards as far more significant.
I’ve embraced a different way of life and given this journey a lot, but it’s given me so much more. In particular, the Thai people are sweet, genuine, accepting, and relaxed. It’s a pleasure to spend time with them.
And so my life in Chiang Mai, Thailand has improved pretty much every day since I’ve arrived. It’s like an everlasting dream. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. I truly couldn’t be happier with where I’m at in life, the path I took to get here, or what I believe the future holds in store.
I wanted to take some time today to honor and appreciate my first year in Thailand.
This year has had a tremendous impact on me, and it will stay with me forever. I’ve met some awesome people, ate some awesome food, and shared some awesome moments with others.
It’s been filled with fantastic experiences, laughs, and a lot of personal growth. FIRE is anything but boring.
I’ve set up home in an exotic locale that makes everyday life a trip. It’s like nonstop traveling.
And in terms of productivity, I’ve written ~200 articles, put together my second best-selling book (5 Steps To Retire In 5 Years), coached numerous people toward FIRE, taken part in interviews, jumped on a local podcast, networked, and expanded my knowledge base.
I’ll forever cherish every moment I’ve been blessed to be a part of.
And to celebrate that, I’m going to share some of those moments with you readers today.
Thank you, Thailand. Thank you, readers. Thank you, life.
I’m blessed. Can’t wait for the opportunity to be retrospective in another year.
In the meanwhile, I wanted to reflect on and share some stuff I did over the last 52 weeks…
Spent my first full day in Thailand sharing sushi on my first date with Oh.
Chilled with a Tiger. Nice kitty!
Literally chilled with penguins.
Got my cardio in for the day while climbing up stairs to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Released a lantern for Loi Krathong/Yi Peng.
Visited a haunted house for Halloween.
Found love in Chiang Mai as we bridged two cultures.
Immersed myself in a waterfall as I let gratitude wash over me.
Ate so much delicious Thai food…
…And some delicious non-Thai food.
Became sad when my Khao Soi was finished.
Met some amazing people from around the world…
…Including readers who are visiting or living in Thailand.
Got in the best shape of my life.
Celebrated life on the ground in Chiang Mai…
…And in the sky in Bangkok.
Jumped for joy at a beach in Kho Samui.
Was treated to pizza and cake by a sweetheart for my 36th birthday.
I ate cake. Marie Antoinette would be proud.
Drank gallons of delicious coffee while I spent countless hours writing almost 200 articles and a book.
Worked out like Dwayne Johnson…
…And goofed around like Jason and Oh.
It’s been a hell of a year!
Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
How has the last year been for you? Memorable? Fun? Enjoying life? Reaching your goals?
Thanks for reading.
P.S. If you’re interested in FIRE and/or living abroad, check out some fantastic resources that I personally used on my way to becoming financially free at 33 and becoming an expat.