I had the pleasure of attending CampFI Mid Atlantic last weekend. The weekend was jam-packed with great events, awesome guest speakers, and amazing people. I’ve been recovering the past few days and that’s part of the reason why I have not posted this week. The whole day job gets in the way too…
First off, I would highly recommend looking into a CampFI event. CampFI Midwest and CampFI Southeast still have a few openings.
CampFI Mid Atlantic
The first day was great. All of the ‘campers’ trickled in throughout Friday afternoon. Nothing like showing up and being greeted with a beer. We had dinner along with a series of icebreakers. Everyone was welcoming and friendships developed very quickly.
The rest of the evening was open for free time. Drinking games, board games, and good conversations were all on the table. I found myself staying up late talking about real estate, early retirement with people who have already walked away from their jobs, and healthcare options as an early retiree. In fact, the bourbon and meaningful conversations lasted until 2:30 am; I found myself crawling to my tent.
The second day began with breakfast on Saturday at 9:30 am. The food was great. Hunter and ERN gave great presentations. Hunter focused on health which I would argue wealth is the greatest form of wealth. What good is any sum of money if we do not have our health to enjoy it?
ERN, is the leading authority on safe withdraw rates for early retirees. In fact, he has a 23 part series that you can check out here.
We had a short break followed by lunch. After that, it was time for some fun and games. CampFI offered a ropes course and a rock wall.
Between the activities and downtime, we had about 5 hours of ‘free time’ before dinner. This was a great chance to bond with other campers. I was fortunate enough to chat with J.D. Roth from Get Rich Slowly for a couple of hours. He is an awesome guy who runs a great blog and retired early.
The afternoon activities and downtime were followed by dinner. I made an effort to sit with as many new people as possible each meal. There were ~70 campers at CampFI Mid-Atlantic.
After dinner, we enjoyed a stellar presentation from Justin who runs the Root of Good site. He shared the framework on how to create an early retirement budget. Justin knows his stuff and retired at the age of 33.
Karaoke and a campfire took center stage after the evening presentation. Oh, and there was definitely more good beer and bourbon involved.
Late night campfire talking real estate and sipping on Bourbon. That’s the life
I started Sunday morning off with meditation and a hike through the woods. Nothing like getting your mind right before breakfast. J.D. Roth killed his presentation on the power of purpose. You gotta know your why and personal mission statement (future post on my mission statement; I already know my why).
Joel from FI180 gave the final presentation which was awesome. He shared his personal story about how he went from spending over six figures a year to achieving financial independence. In his own words, he made a ton of mistakes along the way. It’s never too late to start or get your life turned around.
Next up was a break followed by lunch. The afternoon was open for free time and water activities like kayaking.
After dinner, Brad and Jonathan from ChooseFI recorded a roundtable discussion from CampFI Mid-Atlantic. The roundtable was great and included the guest speakers from the event. There was also a Q&A segment with the campers.
Overall, CampFI was a great time and I would attend another event. Below you will find a list of some of the great bloggers that I met at the Mid-Atlantic CampFI. There also tons of wonderful people who were not bloggers. CampFI is an all-inclusive event – doesn’t matter if you are single, dating, married, retired, working your butt off or have kids – all are welcomed. Campers were 11 months to well… much older than 11 months.
(bloggers please let me know if I forgot a name – there were a lot of you)
I hope you consider attending a CampFI event. It’s a great time and I didn’t want to leave at the end. CampFI events offer great time out doors, a chance to build meaningful relationships and world-class speakers. What’s your excuse for not going to CampFI?