Who am I? I’m a 30-year-old Belgian IT professional working for a large European retail bank in Brussels for over 8 years. I work on IT projects of various sizes where I develop customer-facing apps to support our clients in requesting banking products such as credit cards, loans, insurances, etc.
For now, I live in Belgium together with my wife in a cozy 40m² apartment. I have traveled around, seen various parts of India and the Americas but will always enjoy being cozy with the misses.
About the blog
Fight To FIRE is Belgian personal finance blog about the struggle to find the right path and how to reach the ultimate goal: Financial Independence/Retire Early (FIRE).
Ever since I started my professional carrier in 2012, I dreamed of being able to become financially independent at an early age. But unfortunately, I have yet to achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early. Over the course of many years, I tried different things to reach financial independence. One of them was Forex. This unfortunately yields the desired results. After over 6 years of trying, I decided to stop and focus on keeping it simple through stocks.
My forex journey left me financially scarred. I needed a place to write down my thoughts and to prevent making the same mistakes in the future. Together with my experience in IT and working in a bank I kickstarted this blog in September 2018.
FightToFIRE is a place I can call my own. A place where I can put my progress online; progress that I hope can help myself but also you, my reader, on this journey to Financial Independence, reach FIRE. It allows me to put my thoughts and (investments) goals in writing which should help me with decision making.
The second purpose is to provide a different view on how to achieve FI in Europe. There are already amazing sites available such as Mr. Money Mustache, Think Save Retire or Root of Good.
These blogs give excellent advice on FIRE and how to approach it, but they have an American point of view that doesn’t always apply to me, fellow Belgians, or European FIRE aficionados. For this reason, I hope I can add something meaningful to the Belgian fire movement just like NoMoreWaffles, Dividend Cake, and many other blogs.
So, there you have it, my story. And even though I haven’t reached it yet, by fighting on, I wish to reach FIRE by 45 at the latest.
Now that you know where I come from, I invite you to join me and see where we end up.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to help me broaden my horizon on FIRE, provide improvements on how I should write something or just anything you think can help me.