I just returned home from FinCon 2018 held in Orlando, Florida. This was my first time attending the conference, and it won’t be my last.
The conference itself was educational, professional, and I came home with a lot of practical action items to help with my blogging.
What happened outside conference hours, however, is the reason why I will be returning in future years. Laughing, drinking, meeting new people, drinking more, playing games, drinking, staying up late, and drinking even more!
Remembering all the awesome interactions over these blurry 5 days is tough, so I’ll summarize just the highlights and favorite points.
My Favorite Keynote Speaker:
No disrespect to the keynotes here… They were all good. But I think the crowd favorite was actually the emcee who introduced all the speakers! Bethany Bayless. I could have just watched her for a few hours and left completely satisfied.
Best Answer During a Q&A Session:
Question from random attendee: What should someone do if they can’t get their partner onboard with this whole financial independence thing?
Answer from Mr. 1500: Get a new partner.
A Random Fanboy Comment I Witnessed:
Incredible Cash Dummy (approaches Mr. WoW) and says: OMG…! You’re the guy from Waffles on Wednesday! I’m so honored to meet you… You changed my entire life!
Mr. Waffles on Wed: Thanks. How so?
Incredible Cash Dummy: Well, I used to eat Tapatio, now I only eat Cholula hot sauce!
Best Dance Moves at FinCon:
Hands down this award goes to Jillian Johnsrud from Montana Money Adventures. She lead the longest conga line FinCon has ever seen during the closing party sponsored by Bloomy.
Best Beer I Tasted:
Unholy Trippel from Coppertail Brewing
Good Advice I Heard in a Panel Discussion:
“Sequence of Returns Risk is the number #1 reason early retirees fail” – Big ERN
Good Advice I Overheard While Drinking in Hall:
“Always maintain a straight face while farting in public. Even the best crop dusters can be caught by odd facial expressions” – Attendee who will remain Anonymous
Best Dressed at FinCon:
Crazy Cat Lady Lillian Karabaic dressed as David Bowie from Labyrinth. Awesome outfit, awesome lady!
Coolest Person I Met:
A random stranger walked past me and asked if I wanted a beer. He reached into a box, handed me a beer, and left without introducing himself or saying anything else. Thank you random guy!
Coolest Person I DIDN’T Meet:
I was really hoping the Countdown to FI guys would be at the conference. But they didn’t show up, so I’ll have to drink with them another time.
Trifecta! Joel, Joel and Joel:
- ME on the left
- Joel from Pour Not Poor
- Joel from FI180
All Kidding Aside
I truly enjoyed the FinCon 2018 Conference and am so grateful to be part of the FIRE community. Every single person I met was approachable, kind, fun and excited to connect with me. I would encourage any new FIRE walker/blogger to attend next year.
And a massive THANKS to my friends at Waffles on Wednesday who pushed me to attend in the first place. Cheers!
OK, One Last Note:
We need your help to fund the final editing of Playing with FIRE, the first documentary of it’s kind that explores the Financial Independence Retire Early movement.
Official Movie Trailer:
Back the KickStarter Campaign here:
No matter the $ amount given, it’s more important that there’s a larger # of total givers. More backers helps Hollywood people sell the movie into more areas. (Would rather have 1000 x $40 backers than only 1 x $40,000 backer)
16 thoughts on “FinCon 2018 – Recap & Highlights from a First-Timer”
There are people out there who DON’T use Cholula hot sauce?!?
That’s why it’s up to us fire bloggers to get the word out! 🙂
Great write up! I hope to attend in the future!
And I hope to see you there too!
It was great meeting you at FinCon!!
Great meeting you too. I’ll never forget your sneaky drink-stealing mind games. Well played, Kristine.
Sounds like so much fun! I wanna go next year!
See you there
Wish I was there! Looks like an incredible conference and a great chance to meet likeminded individuals. Great post!
Yes, a lot of like-minded individuals. But it was even better than that, because everyone also had their own unique story and strengths. Perhaps you can get there next year!?
Came here from Do You Even Blog. Did not disappoint. I’ll make sure to meet you next year when I make it down 🙂
Definitely! Or if you ever find yourself in Los Angeles, hit me up! Beers are on me 🙂
Thanks for sharing your experiences. We’re on the verge of buying our tickets for next year! What were some of the conference sessions that you got the most out of?
I’ll shoot you guys an email with a few notes!
Sounds like pretty amazing conference. I’ve never been but have been looking to make it out at some point. Next year may well be the time to make it happen.
I love the Q&A session answer…. It’s true, you can’t change people and so you need to decide whether you can live with the “shortcomings” or whether it might be time to move on.
Thanks Ryan. I may be looking at Camp FI or a regional event next year too. I hear those are very valuable groups. Cheers!
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