Hi, I'm James, I'm in the military (8 years down, plan on doing 12 more). Married with two kids (one four weeks old). Here's how I meandered here:
1. Historical interest in Badassity: Already into many outdoor pursuits, adventure races, long runs (24 hr runs), walking hella uphill for days on end, jumping into glacier lakes, etc
2. Financial irresponsibility: Paid for lots of gear with CCs, also convinced I need a 4x4 pickup to carry gear and drive to places to play (never use the 4-wheel drive)
3. Fucking (I'm assuming profanity is ok here, because its in the blog) tired of: daily grind, rat race mentality, constant fucking advertising in my face all the time (if I ever meet the guy from the Jared's diamonds radio commercial I may commit an unspecified act of violence), having too much stuff I don't have time to use anyways, cutting grass (what kind of fucktard thinks we should spend hours of our life growing and cutting a plant we can't eat?), products designed to fail so I want more products, taking time after a long day of work to exercise (because another fucktard thought we should invent things/jobs that involve no physical labor, so now we have to add physical labor to our non-existent free time just to not be fatasses), being told I need to prepare to be rich at 65, when I'm too old and don't have the balls to do anything fun with the money anyways, not being in control of my own life, wanting to 'live my dreams' when those dreams cost more money than I have.
4. So after surfing around websites as I tried to deal with the above frustrations I cruised through dave ramsey, manvsdebt, the minimilasts, backpacking light, tiny houses, I will teach you to be rich, the wisdom project blah blah blah I found Mr. Money Moustache! I was already well on the way to paying off debt/reducing what I have/what I do to maximize time with my family, but this site gave me more info/inspiration/tools/motivation.
Ok, I'm done with the numbered list and ready to move on with my day. Happy to be here.