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Hula Hoop

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Daydreaming about FIRE
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:12:24 AM »
Is there already a thread for this?  What is your post-FIRE plan?

Here's what I'd like to do:

-travel regularly to my home country to bond with my niece and nephew and hang out with my sibling and parents.  This would probably have to be over summer vacations as I have kids in school.
-get involved in the local food coop.  I really like the coop but I don't have time to drive around picking up stuff from organic farmers like they require.  There seems to be a lot of work involved in the one near here.
-travel a lot over weekends
-take up pottery again - there's a cool pottery student near where I live but I can't find the time to devote to it now with ft work.
-exercise - I exercise during lunch at work but I'd love to do more
-volunteer at the kids' school
-teach some English.  I live in a European country where people don't speak very good English.  When I first moved here I taught English and really enjoyed it but it paid badly.  I'd love to go back to it just a few hours a week with students who I like as it was a lot of fun.


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 09:29:46 AM »
I built a detailed vision in my mind in the years leading up to my eventual FIRE in terms of what my days would consist of ...that was three years ago now. There are many tales (see the "I'm bored in FIRE" threads) on this forum of people who FIRE'd with no real plan. Just leaving a (potentially stressful) career is not always some magic elixir.

HH, the planning you are doing here is a very smart move. People should be well prepared for FIRE when it finally happens...many are not.


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 10:39:32 AM »
Sounds like a lovely plan! Mine is:

--Teach English online 2-3 hours a day.
--Write children's stories.
--Do yoga everyday.
--Hang out with my kids. Take them to parks and the lake by our house. Join the YMCA down the street, and teach my kids to swim.
--Get into awesome shape (this will involve yoga and the YCMA).
--Travel to lots of national parks (Zion, Arches, and Acadia are currently top of the list).
--Spend 2-3 months in Europe at some point (maybe Portugal or Spain)--probably a few years off.
--Spend at least 3 weeks a year with parents, so my kids can get to know them.
Earn $14-22/hr teaching English from home:


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 01:52:07 PM »
Build a beautiful, productive food and flower garden
Daily adventures with my dog
Finish decorating my house, DIY
Flip old furniture for fun
Insource our lawn care
Improve my cooking skills
Read books
Camping vacations to stat and national parks
Volunteer at local animal shelter
Take naps on a blanket at the park
Daily bike rides
I could keep going......


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
I'm going to do All The Things :-) But not straight away. First, I'm going to make myself spend six months doing nothing at all, because I've never experienced doing nothing at all for a long period of time and I'd like to find out what it feels like. If DH continues to work for a while so that I can have my first-ever experience of being the stay-at-home spouse of a working person, that will be even better.

And then I'm going to train and compete properly at a sport for a while, because I've never discovered what I can do when sport is my priority.
And go to the local library, and read lots of books about all sorts of things.
And go hiking and bikepacking, especially after DH has retired too (I don't think he'll be far behind me).
And visit older relatives who live at a distance.
And cook proper meals.
And go on day courses to learn useful or fun practical skills.
And scan the local job advertisements to see if anything appeals.
And join a leisure centre for a while, and become an exercise class junkie until I get bored with them.
And occasionally get drunk, because it doesn't matter if the next day has to be written off.
And go somewhere Spanish for the whole of January and February.
And say, "No, I'm not doing that, because I don't want to," and know that the only consequence will be that the person will not ask me to do the thing I don't want to do again in future. But never have to say, "No, I can't do that because of work."


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 05:29:51 PM »
Spend summers doing the PCT, and AT.  Smaller backpacking trips once those itches are scratched.
Spend spring/fall going up El Cap big walls without a nasty job commitment weighing on my head.
Spend winter time hanging out around campfires in Joshua Tree.
Make portaledges and russian aiders down in my sewing room to keep my "make stuff" groove going.
Spend spare mornings working out.


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 12:38:02 PM »
- Grow a beautiful, productive kitchen and flower garden
- Donate flower bouquets from my garden to homebound people/people in Hospice
- Stay active in a faith community
- Eat less, move more
- Train for another marathon before I'm 50 using the run-walk-run method
- Regular cross-training work outs:  yoga, biking, walking, running, weight-lifting, and take swim lessons to swim laps
- Mentor international and/or first-generation college students
- Read lots and join interest and book groups at my public library
- Take at least two semesters of college Spanish and work on my language skills
- Slow travel, particularly in Central and South America
- Find at least one non-profit or community foundation to share my professional (CPA) skills with and where I can spend time with interesting people with humanitarian ideals
- Take the bus and walk places I used to drive
- Learn to make more good soups and breads; eat a more simple whole foods diet
- Splurge on the good concert tickets for all the great bands!


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 01:42:57 PM »
Phase I

Travel in my homemade camper van around the country for as long as it is fun
Get caught up playing my handheld video games
Read an enormous amount of books, reread my favorites
Practice my french and improve it, pick up another language or two for fun
Pick a subject I never went to school for but that interests me and self school
Hike and walk everywhere
Enjoy being out of doors as much as possible
Study up on the things I want to do in Phase II

Phase II
Buy some land
Garden, build a greenhouse, compost, etc
Putter on a daily basis on said items
Do many of things I did in Phase I though with less travel (I think)


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2017, 11:05:57 PM »
I had a lot of plans once FIREd and pursued them pretty full on as soon as I quit my job. It seemed I had such a long list I'd never be able to do it all. Now, years into FIRE, I'm a lot more relaxed and open to "whatever comes along". I still like having goals and plans and routine but have found a great joy in being spontaneous and flexible, and have discovered many new and interesting sides to myself and the world by being less driven to achieve ALL the FIRE dreams.
Retired at 42


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 02:00:59 AM »
I once went to a financial advisor to make sure we were on track in a general sense.  He asked us what we'd really do with our time if we actually retired early like we want.  My DW was surprised and did not have a good answer.  He literally had to tell me to stop listing things and that he believed me when I told him I'd have no issues filling my time.

1. Family & Friends.  We already prioritize this, but just had to cancel a trip due to DW's job, so will be prioritizing these even more after retirement.

2. Restoration of things, antique Bolens tractors, and Cars/Trucks is my current hobby.  Probably restoration and sale of some things.

3. Probably flip a house for rent or sale.  Why, because our hobbies will be expensive.

4. Travel!  Lots of places, both domestic and international.

5. Garden, a lot

6. Start a charity organization or 4h or whatever, something that allows me to produce food for the local food pantries.

7.  Build a year round (or nearly) year round greenhouse for norther US climates.  Likely install a few if DW's prototype works well.

8. Really make exercise a priority.

9. Probably start a consulting business (if you don't have to be a PE to do so)

10. Help family and friends with projects

11. Be a great uncle to my nephew even if he is thousands of miles away.  Granted this falls under family, but important enough to note twice.

12. Build a Mame Cabinet

13. Learn French

14.  Bicycle... far.  Maybe across the US? For fun, but also possibly for health, depending on how fit I am when we retire.

There's so many things I want to do in my life, I can't think of everything right now, but these are some of the big ones.


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2017, 02:13:39 PM »

I started typing this and the list kept growing.... I don't understand how anyone can be bored in retirement.

1. Sleep. Last time I went on vacation/went travelling, I was sleeping 9-11 hrs a night, well working, I get 5-7 on average over a week(w/ weekends bringing that number up), so safe to say I am running perpetually on a deficit and need to have some recovery time from work.
2. Travel.
3. Read lots.
4. Draw/sketching.
5. Writing- I have a scifi/fantasy book I have been working on and off on for a few years(currently over 300 pages), plus beginning portions of sequels. I want to work more on that.
6. Learn a new language.
7. learn an instrument(DW may put a cabash on this to avoid bleeding ears/ dogs howling.........)
8. Buy acreage somewhere (pacific nw?)- Travelling will help w/ deciding an area.
9. Build a greenhouse/hugel beds/keyhole garden.
10. Learn to weld.
11. Build a motorcycle.

Plans are useless. Planning is indispensable.


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Re: Daydreaming about FIRE
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2017, 08:04:44 AM »
Here's my list:

1. Sleep - Longer over night and daily naps.
2. Exercise - 11 years of over 10 hours a day sitting have had an impact.  I hope daily Yoga and dancing will undo the damage
3. Dancing - I plan to dance several hours a day to train professionally in a formal partnership.  Also, dancing in Sao Paulo for Carnaval
4. Travel - Washington, Canada, Spain, and Argentina are on the list for 2018. Antarctica and Mendoza, AR are on the list for 2019
5. Sewing- I have too much fabric and too many patterns to work through
6. Languages - I want to improve my French and Chinese and learn Portuguese
7. Reading - I don't read enough and it makes me feel like a dunce.  I just don't have the mental space for it now
8. Trailer - I want to buy and renovate a vintage trailer for the Great Canadian Road Trip in 2018
9. Blogging - Maybe start a travel blog
10. On-line Business - I want to look into making money through affiliate websites or something similar.

There are a million more things that I can think of, but those are the big ideas.