Hi, I’m JJ (obviously) and I’m so excited to have you visiting our blog. I live in a small rural town in Wisconsin with my wonderful wife Jessica who also has a blog called Three Is My Happy Place. I’m also dad to a sweet and very active little boy named Jackson.  You can usually find Jackson building robots and spaceships with dad or coloring and making crafts with mom. In addition to being a husband and dad, I’m also a high school teacher.  I’ve been working in my dream job for the last seven years.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to audiobooks and podcasts about financial independence, healthy eating and fitness.  I love waking up early in the morning to lift weights with my wife and then plan my meals for the day. My other true love is sitting with a cup of tea and a blanket to create spreadsheets to analyze and optimize our financial lives.  Yup, you read that right. Whether it’s keeping track of our credit card rewards to plan our next vacation, calculating our net worth, researching investments or estimating our monthly income over the next 10, 15 and 20 years — I have a spreadsheet for that.

My wife and I have been on the journey towards Financial Independence for the past two years. I’m here to tell you that Financial Independence IS possible. Our goal with TeachFI is to share our journey with you so you can be inspired to become Financially Independent.