Welcome, @missbonniemd! I'm relatively new to this forum as well, but so far, I've found it to be a great place to share ideas and gain inspiration. Some of the participants here have achieved early retirement, and others are actively working towards that goal. There is also some great advice on how to pay down student debt quickly.
BTW, I just came back from NYC and can't say enough good things about the Italian restaurants in Brooklyn! My favorite city to visit, by far. Again, welcome, and I look forward to reading your blog.