We are Ali and Alison Walker. We met in 2004, started managing our own investments in 2005, married in 2006, reached financial independence in 2017, and retired in 2018. Now that we’re retired and our annual income is covered by our investments, we spend a lot of our time on financial coaching and blogging because that’s what we love to do these days. We also love to travel and look forward to more safe travels all over the world after the pandemic is under control and we have been vaccinated for Covid.
Our lives have changed dramatically every year since we reached FIRE, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that we wake up every morning feeling excited about following our dreams, with “All Options Considered!”
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As a couple we’re very fortunate to have a loving family. We are the proud aunties of six nieces and nephews and we love spending time with them and watching them build their own lives. When we made the decision to leave our desks behind forever in 2018 one of the most important benefits we got in return was more time with family. We’ve also really enjoyed meeting wonderful people all over the world, both virtually and in real life. We love that our chosen family is still growing.
Sometimes people have trouble telling us apart because our names, Ali and Alison, are similar. But it’s not hard to tell us apart if you know us in real life!
This is Ali, nicknamed for Alexandria…
Ali’s first name is actually Alexandria, but she has been called Ali since the day she was born. She was born in Livermore, California. She’s 5’2” and spent her career in marketing and business development for firms that specialized in architecture, engineering, and environmental science. Ali retired in 2018 at the age of 44. She loves reading, writing, research, genealogy, movies, hiking, cooking fun dinners, and spending time with friends and family (in addition to budgeting, banking, investing, insurance, retirement planning, tax planning, and estate planning).
This is Alison, who also goes by Ali…
Alison was born in Glendale, California. She is 6’3” and a natural swimmer like everyone in her family. Alison is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and spent her career in the print industry managing image retouching of high-end catalogs for numerous well known companies. Alison retired in 2018 at the age of 54. She loves building complex spreadsheets, reading, writing, photography, hiking, cooking fabulous breakfasts, and visiting with family and friends (in addition to budgeting, banking, investing, insurance, retirement planning, tax planning, and estate planning).