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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1300 on: September 08, 2017, 08:24:59 AM »
Congrats and good luck Sw1tch!



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1301 on: September 08, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »
Congrats Sw1tch!


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« Last Edit: September 13, 2017, 11:17:46 PM by Freedom17 »



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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1302 on: September 08, 2017, 06:09:13 PM »
8 more to go!  8 for 8!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1303 on: September 08, 2017, 08:55:24 PM »
Only 8 more months for Mrs. SwordGuy and I!  We missed 2017 but not by all that much!

It's been so great to see all of you hitting your FIRE dates!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1304 on: September 08, 2017, 10:49:36 PM »
I put some wheels in motion for my departure, and now this storm is hitting us and we have been off of work. I hope I can stick to my date!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1305 on: September 09, 2017, 07:00:15 PM »
Update

It's been over a month now since I've left the corporate clutches. It's had its ups and downs but mostly ups and I wouldn't go back there if I had the opportunity. It's been a bit challenging to completely disconnect because DH still works there and naturally speaks of the trials and tribulations when he gets home from work. Sometimes I don't mind and even welcome the discussion. Other times I just don't want to be reminded and all the old feelings of discontent, futile efforts, and so many other things I can't name that pop up for me.

switch said it best. I used to feel all those
same feelings of inadequacy coupled with not wanting to ask others for help. I realize this now but wasn't able to resolve these issues while working. I'm not sure how much of it was just inside my own head and how much was a reality of my environment. I fear that I may carry these issues to future endeavors but I will push past that to continue to try new things.

I felt like for the past several years that the work I was doing completely took over my life and I wasn't able to do anything else except vegout on the couch watching tv and the minimal chores.

Also I felt like I kept my true self hidden away most of my waking hours. I'm a little quirky, liberal, into alternative medicine, mostly vegan...in general not like most of the people I worked with. I felt like many parts of me didn't fit in the place that I spent most of my time. I felt like those parts of me were slowly dying off and I was becoming the version of myself that assimilated to the corporate culture of my company. I did it to survive.

Since leaving I've met some more like minded people and it's so refreshing to be able to express myself. But difficult to do because I spent so long stifling it. I really hope I can bounce back and remember myself fully again.

Metta, I haven't lost weight either! But I'm also less worried about my weight than before. I worked with a lot of fit people and felt a bit on the pudgy side much of the time in comparison. Now I'm mostly focused on eating healthy, increasing activity, and meditating regularly.

Right now I'm focused on doing a deep clean and purge/organization of my house. It's very satisfying. I've been able to spend over a week slowly cleaning and organizing my kitchen and love not being held to any deadlines or having to compromise on quality because of time restrictions. When I get tired of it I stop and do something else then come back to it later.

I've also been doing a few hours a week of volunteer work. It gets me out of the house and interacting with people and doing something worthwhile for my community feel good.

I'm taking things slow and adding in new commitments with caution. I want to preserve my delicious freedom.




« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 07:03:53 PM by SachaFiscal »

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1306 on: September 13, 2017, 07:56:56 AM »

Right now I'm focused on doing a deep clean and purge/organization of my house. It's very satisfying. I've been able to spend over a week slowly cleaning and organizing my kitchen and love not being held to any deadlines or having to compromise on quality because of time restrictions. When I get tired of it I stop and do something else then come back to it later.

I'm looking forward to something similar, though my garage and office need it more than my kitchen.

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I've also been doing a few hours a week of volunteer work. It gets me out of the house and interacting with people and doing something worthwhile for my community feel good.

Yes! I've had to minimize volunteer work for almost a year, between FT job, ANG duties, and 2 startups. I can't wait to dial it back up. I've been big into it for most of my life and doing more of it in FIRE has always been a big motivator.
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1307 on: September 13, 2017, 04:29:58 PM »
I disappeared from the boards for a while. I decided to leave my job early December. Notice given! May I join you fine people in 2017?
DH will still be working and our finances are mingled (so I'm not independently FI), but we are doing well enough that I could walk away from my job, no problem. I may do a case study soon to ask about optimization of our assets. Woo!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1308 on: September 13, 2017, 07:25:16 PM »
I disappeared from the boards for a while. I decided to leave my job early December. Notice given! May I join you fine people in 2017?
DH will still be working and our finances are mingled (so I'm not independently FI), but we are doing well enough that I could walk away from my job, no problem. I may do a case study soon to ask about optimization of our assets. Woo!

Welcome Basenji! There is always room in the 2017 party room for another person who is ready to FIRE. Our finances are also mingled and have always been. Currently my husband is adding one more year to his job every other month. He doesn't want to leave his job but is happy I have left. Our lives are so much happier this way. We are FI together but only one of us (me) is RE.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1309 on: September 13, 2017, 08:49:30 PM »
Hey folks!

My wife and I quit our jobs on June 23rd and are officially FI. Sorry I'm late posting here, but we spent the entire summer traveling with the kids. Now that they're back in school, it finally feels "real". My wife and I are in the process of planning out projects, getting more exercise, spending time with our kids after school and generally enjoying life.

Stoked to join the 2017 cohort!

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1310 on: September 13, 2017, 09:38:23 PM »
Hey folks!

My wife and I quit our jobs on June 23rd and are officially FI. Sorry I'm late posting here, but we spent the entire summer traveling with the kids. Now that they're back in school, it finally feels "real". My wife and I are in the process of planning out projects, getting more exercise, spending time with our kids after school and generally enjoying life.

Stoked to join the 2017 cohort!

Awesome! Congratulations!

All you folks posting about the delights of FIRE are making me think seriously about leaving my job this year instead of next. I do still like the job, and it's more $$ and health insurance in an uncertain time about health-care expenses. But y'all are just having too much fun, and since spouse is already retired, I am mightily tempted to join in the party.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1311 on: September 13, 2017, 10:37:54 PM »
8 more to go!  8 for 8!

Make that 7 - I'm confirmed!  Some slight timing changes - the baby came a month early, so I took a week off, making up an extra week of handover, finishing on the 6th of October.  I'm now in the process of handing over last projects and clients, and starting to bring things home from the office.

It feels a little surreal, but that's probably because a tiny baby is keeping us from getting a full night's sleep!  Was also odd seeing the my last full pay be processed - still a couple of weeks and some un-used leave to be paid out, but in the main I've now ceased a regular paycheque.

Its pretty exciting, but I'm also feeling like I'm counting the days.  14 office days left...

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1312 on: September 13, 2017, 11:18:03 PM »
Congrats Bigchrisb!

You're up soon Daisy. Are you excited?


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Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Mf3333           (at 56) Jan 15,2017        Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017       Confirmed
Penguin159               May 12, 2017       Part time
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017       Confirmed
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017       Confirmed
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Meadow Lark              June 3, 2017       Confirmed
Rahby1us                 June 16, 2017      Confirmed
Seattle Carter           June 23, 2017      Confirmed
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WannaGoOutside   (at 45) June 30, 2017      Confirmed
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) July 7, 2017       Confirmed
MadBikePoet      (at 44) July 11, 2017      Confirmed
SachaFiscal      (at 41) July 21, 2017      Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) July 25, 2017      Confirmed
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017      Confirmed
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017     Confirmed
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017     Confirmed
ks135ks          (at 34) August 18, 2017    Confirmed
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017    Confirmed
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Daisy            (at 48) October 2, 2017
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1313 on: September 14, 2017, 10:01:25 AM »
I disappeared from the boards for a while. I decided to leave my job early December. Notice given! May I join you fine people in 2017?
DH will still be working and our finances are mingled (so I'm not independently FI), but we are doing well enough that I could walk away from my job, no problem. I may do a case study soon to ask about optimization of our assets. Woo!

Welcome back, let's Sprint to the finish!
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1314 on: September 14, 2017, 10:18:13 AM »
I disappeared from the boards for a while. I decided to leave my job early December. Notice given! May I join you fine people in 2017?

Welcome back, let's Sprint to the finish!

Thanks! In the middle of end of fiscal year chaos at work and when I stress a bit I have to keep reminding myself I never have to do it again...

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1315 on: September 14, 2017, 10:21:43 AM »
Bahaha yes! FY end fortunately doesn't directly affect me, but I've been activated with the AL ANG for Irma this week and have an unrelated, random training TDY next week with barely a home stand, so I'm a little frazzled. I don't quit till mid December and I'm juggling the financials to pull this off despite some setbacks.. arg
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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1316 on: September 14, 2017, 10:39:53 AM »

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1317 on: September 17, 2017, 03:08:12 PM »
You're up soon Daisy. Are you excited?

As a matter of fact, I had "the talk" and set my final date for 9/29/17.

Originally I was going for the symmetry of 7/17/17, and that date passed, but there is still some symmetry in my new FIRE date if I chop off the "17". So 9/29 it is!

I met my goal to FIRE before CMC! I have to admit planning a 3 week trip around it and not having enough PTO and also being able to be totally FIRE'd at CMC was a big motivator.

I had started "the talk" right before Hurricane Irma and then had to restart it after we returned to work after the storm. I have to admit, it is still a little scary to give up the paycheck. Other than that, I knew it was definitely time for me to leave my current job due to the issues with  my immediate management and the downturn that is going on in my company. I am just not interested in my current (wrong) role and the future work. After more than 20 years, it is big time for a change!

I forgot where it was that I read about once your FI bucket is full, the BS bucket fills up quicker. I have definitely experienced this.

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1318 on: September 17, 2017, 03:10:35 PM »

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1319 on: September 17, 2017, 03:12:05 PM »

Romag                    September 1, 2016  Confirmed
Threshkin                October 31, 2016   Confirmed
Metta            (at 55) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
MrsWhipple       (at 32) January 1, 2017    Confirmed
FIRE me                  January 3, 2017    Confirmed
Mf3333           (at 56) Jan 15,2017        Confirmed
Zineth           (at 49) January 27, 2017   Confirmed
MarciaB          (at 55) January 31, 2017   Confirmed
MsGreenStash     (at 51) February 1, 2017   Confirmed
dabears847               February 17, 2017  Confirmed
Cottonswab       (at 30) March 1, 2017      Confirmed
Goldielocks              March 10, 2017     Confirmed
Dragoncar                March 15, 2017     Confirmed
Oblivo           (at 35) March 24, 2017     Confirmed
DollarDominatrix         March 24, 2017     Confirmed
John Doe         (at 50) March 31, 2017     Part time
Fairviewite      (at 27) April 24, 2017     Confirmed
oneyearfromnow   (at 51) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
freedom47        (at 48) April 28, 2017     Confirmed
Remote_Landlord  (at 39) May 8, 2017        Confirmed
FrugalAussie             May 11, 2017       Confirmed
Penguin159               May 12, 2017       Part time
Myhotrs          (at 38) May 12, 2017       Confirmed
BNgarden         (at 58) May 24, 2017       Confirmed
Stasher          (at 43) May 19, 2017       Confirmed
Rachael Talcott  (at 42) May 21, 2017       Confirmed
Financial Asc.   (at 39) June 1, 2017       Confirmed
MandalayVA       (at 50) June 1, 2017       Confirmed
Meadow Lark              June 3, 2017       Confirmed
Rahby1us                 June 16, 2017      Confirmed
Seattle Carter           June 23, 2017      Confirmed
Bruizer          (at 56) June 30, 2017      Confirmed
WannaGoOutside   (at 45) June 30, 2017      Confirmed
Mrs. Pomodoro    (at 43) July 7, 2017       Confirmed
MadBikePoet      (at 44) July 11, 2017      Confirmed
SachaFiscal      (at 41) July 21, 2017      Confirmed
MandyM           (at 38) July 25, 2017      Confirmed
Freedom17        (at 38) July 28, 2017      Confirmed
Jack06           (at 42) August 1, 2017     Confirmed
Cookie78         (at 39) August 3, 2017     Confirmed
ks135ks          (at 34) August 18, 2017    Confirmed
dividendman      (at 35) August 18, 2017    Confirmed
Cache Stash      (at 54) August 24, 2017    Confirmed
sw1tch           (at 33) September 8, 2017  Confirmed
Daisy            (at 48) September 29, 2017  Confirmed
Bigchrisb        (at 35) October 1, 2017    Confirmed
Kay-Ell                  October 20, 2017
FIREy                    November 1, 2017     
MonkeyJenga      (at 31) November 30, 2017
concealed stache (at 35) December 1, 2017
Zephyr911        (at 39) Dec 15, 2017
Jim2001                  Dec 31, 2017
Easypeasy        (at 35) Dec 31, 2017
SwordGuy         (at 59)                    OMY
Mrs. SwordGuy                               OMY
Noble_goal                                  OMY
JoJo             (at 43)                    OMY
homestead neohio (at 39)                    OMY
UnleashHell      (at 49)                    OMY
RedmondStash                                OMY
fidreamer                                   OMY
Charlie Foxtrot                             OMY

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1320 on: September 17, 2017, 04:55:23 PM »

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Re: Target FIRE: 2017
« Reply #1321 on: September 17, 2017, 05:54:28 PM »
Update from us.  Loving the retired life! Stress has mostly dissipated. Now SO is retired also we are getting into a nice rhythm. House and garden are getting sorted.  Socialising regularly. We were able to visit a friend in hospital some distance from us as we had the time and space in our schedule, probably wouldn't have been able to when working.

Exercising regularly, weight has plateaued but remain 7 kilos lighter after 4 months.  I'm participating in a women's mini triathlon in November so I' swimming, cycling and walking (I can't jog) regularly. Our meals are mostly frugal and healthy. We're finding some great bargains at the supermarket now we have more time to look properly and cook new recipes. We seem to to implementing healthy habits early in retirement. We're actually watching less TV than when working. 

We were recently asked to join a four day weekend away by a friend.  As we don't have to worry about being at work we took about 10 minutes to say, "yes, please". Planning some shared meals to avoid costly restaurant meals every night so having fun trialing some recipes. 

Life is good! 

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« Reply #1322 on: September 17, 2017, 06:35:16 PM »
Congrats to all the recent grads!

Update from my FIRE: I just spent the last week on the road. First, I visited my sister for a few days and helped her do a few things around the house. Replaced a vanity, hung some shelves and hooks, fixed a screen. Sister has a health condition, plus she works a crazy amount of hours so her time and ability to do these things is limited. She was very grateful for my time and cooked me some great food in return. Then I went to my dad's to help him move. It was so nice to be able to take the time to help out my family without a second thought.

When I am home I work on my own home improvements, clean, walk the dog, lounge, spend time with friends, etc. Its been great. I have even had paid work come find me. A friend runs her own business and has a project that she could use my help on. I was hesitant at first, but it should be easy, fun, and short lived. Sounds perfect.

Someone asked me the other day how I like not working, I told them I finally found my calling :)
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« Reply #1323 on: September 17, 2017, 07:16:08 PM »
Hello!

I think I'm in the last few to be confirmed. My status is that I started working remotely and part time on July 1. I started the process of resigning back in February 2017 in order to relocate from NYC to Minneapolis to lower our cost of living and be near family. My crazy job offered me 60% of my high bucks New York salary to work remotely three days a week. This seemed like a pretty sweet deal and we took it.

So we moved to the Midwest in July, bought a lovely and affordable home in cash, and I'm settling into my part time gig. Working part time has been a mixed bag, I miss the social aspect of having co-workers but I'm also able to get a lot done efficiently. And taking two working days off to be with my two year old every week is just fantastic. We are able to cover all of our living expenses and then some even though I only work part time. DH is a stay at home dad, so we're both home a lot and that's been such a great change from the treadmill in NYC.

I think this is ultimately a great way to ramp down from working life as we acclimate to the Midwest and to build an extra buffer before cutting the cord fully. I don't know how long I'll pull off part time work and my boss and I have decided to re-evaluate how the arrangement is working out in January 2018.

It's amazing to have so much additional time and space, I feel incredibly lucky how it's all turned out thus far. This has been such a fun thread to follow, it's amazing the variety of ways this can play out!

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« Reply #1324 on: September 17, 2017, 07:20:28 PM »
Congrats on the successful transition MandyM! Isn't it amazing how flexible people become once you negotiate from a position of strength.

On my end retirement is even more busy than working life. We've just moved country and are busy sorting out school for the kids, touring local schools, assembling furniture, tutoring the kids on their homework after kindergarten (between Mandarin, Cantonese and English plus the usual math there's a lot to cover here).

I'm definitely looking forward to when things quieten down and I can get around to sailing, learning Cantonese, guitar and all the other things on my FIRE list.
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« Reply #1325 on: September 17, 2017, 08:43:32 PM »
I disappeared from the boards for a while. I decided to leave my job early December. Notice given! May I join you fine people in 2017?
DH will still be working and our finances are mingled (so I'm not independently FI), but we are doing well enough that I could walk away from my job, no problem. I may do a case study soon to ask about optimization of our assets. Woo!

Welcome back!  It would be awesome to have you FIRED in 2017.   My DH is still working, too, but for only a modest sum, at a job 6 miles away that he likes, and he needs to earn our equivalent of 40 SS Credits (10 years FT work) before FIRE himself...  I still call myself FIRE, even so....

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« Reply #1327 on: September 18, 2017, 10:48:51 AM »
Congrats on the successful transition MandyM! Isn't it amazing how flexible people become once you negotiate from a position of strength.

I had another job offer today, bahaha. Turned that one down.

Forgot to mention that my weight isn't dropping as quickly as I had hoped, but still going the right direction.

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« Reply #1328 on: September 18, 2017, 01:09:52 PM »
Yeah, I got a job offer too, for a one-day a week teaching gig. I'd jump on it since I miss teaching, but it's an hour commute and I still don't like taking time off from raising the baboo. Maybe next year.

Today I'm spending a few hours making applesauce with a whole cooler full of apples our neighbors gave to us. Spend a couple hours yesterday helping them peel and core for their batch of sauce, it was very fun times and the baboo ate way too much apple. This past weekend I went to a basket weaving class. Basket weaving! Turns out it's really quite fun. And we went to the county fair and ate Oreo funnel cake. Retirement is awesome!

I'm trying to get fit again too, Mandy, but it's hard to find time to exercise between baby naps. Just got a jogging stroller for free, though, so I've been trying to ease back into running. Are you doing exercise to lose weight, or mainly diet?

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« Reply #1329 on: September 18, 2017, 03:20:10 PM »
Welcome back!  It would be awesome to have you FIRED in 2017.   My DH is still working, too, but for only a modest sum, at a job 6 miles away that he likes, and he needs to earn our equivalent of 40 SS Credits (10 years FT work) before FIRE himself...  I still call myself FIRE, even so....

Thanks. We're FI, but he can't imagine not working and that's fine with me. I have so many other things I want to do. Looking at the FIRE checklist...

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« Reply #1330 on: September 18, 2017, 04:10:20 PM »
I'm trying to get fit again too, Mandy, but it's hard to find time to exercise between baby naps. Just got a jogging stroller for free, though, so I've been trying to ease back into running. Are you doing exercise to lose weight, or mainly diet?

Mainly diet and just staying active. A lot of yard work, cleaning, small house projects. The only real "exercise" I currently do is walking, although I generally like strength training once I get into a routine, putting that off until winter though.
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« Reply #1331 on: September 21, 2017, 10:35:18 PM »
Wife and I informed our bosses that we're retiring in May.   We missed the 2017 Cohort by a few months, but we're still with you in spirit!

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« Reply #1332 on: September 22, 2017, 07:00:28 PM »
Wife and I informed our bosses that we're retiring in May.   We missed the 2017 Cohort by a few months, but we're still with you in spirit!

What was the reaction on the bosses face ?

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« Reply #1333 on: September 22, 2017, 07:33:39 PM »
My wife's boss is sad.  She's a good employee and colleague.

My own bosses?   My immediate boss has unofficially known for 2 years that this day would come and that I would give him 6 month's notice.   So no surprise there.  The new area supervisor just met me for a couple of weeks ago during the bid process.  He's brand new.   He's just happy he's got a great way to transition in new staff so that the customer's needs are met - and that he might be able to make a few extra bucks too.

I haven't hidden the fact that my wife and I are socking away money and fixing up rental properties as fast as we can (which hasn't been all that fast).

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« Reply #1334 on: September 22, 2017, 08:44:05 PM »
I remember there was some sadness with a couple of my colleagues when I gave my notice. That part of it can be difficult to deal with.

About two months since lift-off, I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that I can't rush the decompression. It has to happen in its own time. I am seeing progress. I feel like there was many parts of myself that were suppressed while working in order for me to focus on work enough to do well and solve problems that were difficult for me. I was afraid I had suppressed them so long that I wouldn't be able to revive them.

One such thing is playing the guitar and songwriting. In the past couple of days I picked up my guitar and was surprised that I could still play some of my old songs even though it had been many years since I last played and sang. My voice was shallow and cracked and my strings buzzed at first. But after a while it started to improve just a bit and just a bit more. I still need quite a bit of practice to get back to where I used to be, I now believe it is possible which makes me so happy.

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« Reply #1335 on: September 22, 2017, 09:04:20 PM »
I have one more week to go at work.

I started telling people this week that I am leaving. Everyone asks "where to?" I say "nowhere, or everywhere...I am going on sabbatical and travelling". Only a few know it may be full blown RE.

I do think I may dabble in some type of work after a decompression time, but not sure if it will be non-profit, volunteer, startups, fun jobs. I don't want to think about it too much and need to decompress a bit. I have gotten offers from other parts of the company and from some friends that have left the company, but I will not commit to anything for a while.

I get many "I wish I could do that", "I should do that", "must be nice", and many many confessionals of people who are having the same frustrating issues with our management that I had. There is a general malaise going around the company these days. It would just be depressing to stick around that for much longer.

That said, I have spent more than 20 years at this company and saw it at its greatest. I have a lot of friends I have made at work. Some have left the company but many are still left. I am looking forward to a full lunch calendar next week as they see me off. I think I am tearing up just thinking about it.

Now to polish off my goodbye note...

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« Reply #1336 on: September 22, 2017, 09:24:39 PM »
When you're an employee, the abruptness of the change, from full time work to suddenly total leisure time, has to be difficult.  I think those that planned trips afterward might have made a good choice because at least it was something you had to do right after, rather than having nothing to do.

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« Reply #1337 on: September 22, 2017, 09:54:53 PM »
When you're an employee, the abruptness of the change, from full time work to suddenly total leisure time, has to be difficult.  I think those that planned trips afterward might have made a good choice because at least it was something you had to do right after, rather than having nothing to do.

I think one of the reasons I am still totally happy to be puttering around mostly at my leisure roughly 2.25 years after my FIRE date was that I had quite a lot on my plate immediately after leaving my job -- first relocating with my son back to the US, and everything that entailed, and then my mom had lots of health issues that took awhile to figure out, then we had the whole business of selling/vacating our apartment in Beijing, then mom decided to move to assisted living, then we got caught up in looking for/buying/starting to tinker with our own house.   All the changes have been both somewhat exhausting and stimulating.   Not bored enough to get a job yet, that's for sure!   
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« Reply #1338 on: September 22, 2017, 10:02:48 PM »
When you're an employee, the abruptness of the change, from full time work to suddenly total leisure time, has to be difficult.  I think those that planned trips afterward might have made a good choice because at least it was something you had to do right after, rather than having nothing to do.

Yes, I am worried I won't be able to start my decompression right away.

I have a 3 week trip planned right after FIRE. Then after returning I plan to attend a lot of free events at my city's book fair in November. I've always wanted to spend more time at that. Usually I only go to one event, then I am too tired from work and commuting to attend the other events. There is also a film festival in November. Then comes Thanksgiving. Then Christmas prep and Christmas. Then New Year's. Then Camp Mustache SE in January.

I think after that I will start decompression. Unless I go on a ski trip...

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« Reply #1339 on: September 22, 2017, 10:15:02 PM »
When you're an employee, the abruptness of the change, from full time work to suddenly total leisure time, has to be difficult.  I think those that planned trips afterward might have made a good choice because at least it was something you had to do right after, rather than having nothing to do.

We are definitely in that boat. We are far more busy in retirement than when I worked. We took a month long trip in Thailand, relocated to Hong Kong, furnished our house from scratch and are busy touring schools and kindergartens for the kids.

Together with gym, tutoring kids on homework after school and a little consulting on the side for fun it's been flat out. I haven't got time to get back into sailing and rockclimbing or learning guitar and Cantonese yet so I'm really looking forward to things quieting down a little. No time soon though since we are off to Australia for a month in December.

So far FIRE has been awesome but exhausting :)
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« Reply #1340 on: September 23, 2017, 11:58:08 AM »
It sounds like many of you have found very fulfilling experiences that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful.

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« Reply #1341 on: September 23, 2017, 12:26:20 PM »
I'm seconding the 'awesome but exhausting' opinion. I haven't sat still since I left work (with the exception of one afternoon laying on the beach, and another morning reading in a hammock on the beach watching the whales swim by in the Cook Islands). I keep thinking I'll decompress later, after event xyz, but there's always something else going on. I'm actually feeling overwhelmed this morning by the number of things I WANT to do. It's lovely.

I'm still a little nervous about money, but I think because I spent (purposely) a lot more on my recent vacation (kite surfing lessons and diving certification mostly), moved all my stuff (after decluttering for 2 years I still have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF), and now spending extra on hunting. The good news is that rental income should cover the large majority of my expenses, and if I've grossly miscalculated I can go back to work after a year off, for as long as I need to catch up.


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« Reply #1342 on: September 23, 2017, 12:49:52 PM »
I'm seconding the 'awesome but exhausting' opinion. I haven't sat still since I left work (with the exception of one afternoon laying on the beach, and another morning reading in a hammock on the beach watching the whales swim by in the Cook Islands). I keep thinking I'll decompress later, after event xyz, but there's always something else going on. I'm actually feeling overwhelmed this morning by the number of things I WANT to do. It's lovely.

I'm still a little nervous about money, but I think because I spent (purposely) a lot more on my recent vacation (kite surfing lessons and diving certification mostly), moved all my stuff (after decluttering for 2 years I still have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF), and now spending extra on hunting. The good news is that rental income should cover the large majority of my expenses, and if I've grossly miscalculated I can go back to work after a year off, for as long as I need to catch up.

Ooooh...kite surfing...say more!

I live close to a beach where kite surfing is popular. I used to windsurf a little and haven't in a long time, but kite surfing is more popular now and I want to try it out at some point during FIRE. It may be too expensive to learn in the US, so I was thinking of going to Cabarete, DR, for an intensive class at some point.

Where did you learn?

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« Reply #1343 on: September 25, 2017, 03:21:20 PM »
I FIRED in March..   (except that I still teach a class a the community college on Saturdays during the school term).

April - June .. I was quite busy,  home chores, cooking, maintenance, and started biking and Yoga.
July -- one month vacation elsewhere.   Whoohoo!
Aug - Sept   I am so LAZY!!!! Sure time zone change excused 2 weeks, but after?  Even with beautiful weather, I can't seem to do much other than my (forced or paid work) class I teach, chase after my teenagers, my volunteer role, and lots of cooking.   

I don't know what happened, but I need to kick it into gear... but can't quite convince myself to.  Many of my "to do " list items from pre-FIRE have fallen off the gumption drive.

 

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« Reply #1344 on: September 25, 2017, 06:45:47 PM »
I'm seconding the 'awesome but exhausting' opinion. I haven't sat still since I left work (with the exception of one afternoon laying on the beach, and another morning reading in a hammock on the beach watching the whales swim by in the Cook Islands). I keep thinking I'll decompress later, after event xyz, but there's always something else going on. I'm actually feeling overwhelmed this morning by the number of things I WANT to do. It's lovely.

I'm still a little nervous about money, but I think because I spent (purposely) a lot more on my recent vacation (kite surfing lessons and diving certification mostly), moved all my stuff (after decluttering for 2 years I still have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF), and now spending extra on hunting. The good news is that rental income should cover the large majority of my expenses, and if I've grossly miscalculated I can go back to work after a year off, for as long as I need to catch up.

Ooooh...kite surfing...say more!

I live close to a beach where kite surfing is popular. I used to windsurf a little and haven't in a long time, but kite surfing is more popular now and I want to try it out at some point during FIRE. It may be too expensive to learn in the US, so I was thinking of going to Cabarete, DR, for an intensive class at some point.

Where did you learn?

It was a LOT of fun. I learned at Muri Beach in the Cook islands. I only ended up taking two lessons because the wind died off during the last week I was there until the final day. I did have the last 2 lessons booked (it usually takes 3 lessons to get up on the board) on the final day of our trip, but I was wiped after the first lesson that day and cancelled the last one. But even just body dragging was so much fun. :)

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« Reply #1345 on: September 25, 2017, 09:42:45 PM »
Quite exciting to see only three names between mine and the most recently confirmed member! Just patiently checking my way through the last bits of admin before it's time to go live!

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« Reply #1346 on: September 28, 2017, 02:57:27 PM »
2 months in and retirement is still awesome! Hope you're all having a good time, and good luck to those still on the path, come on, lets make it 6 for 6!



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« Reply #1347 on: September 28, 2017, 05:20:38 PM »
Told managers yesterday that I'll be leaving. Still working out last day details (we have very lengthy notice periods but they can normally be negotiated to something mutually acceptable) but basically I am done.

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« Reply #1348 on: September 28, 2017, 07:45:10 PM »
I am on my FIRE Eve.

It's been quite a week. I have been telling a lot of people at work that I am leaving. They always ask where to? Some understand the concept of a sabbatical and wish they could do the same. Only a few know it is likely FIRE, not just a sabbatical...mostly because they are planning the same themselves. So we feel open to talking about it. Many have asked for advice.

I get other comments like "I wish I could do that", "wow not everyone can do that", "must be nice". I answer all with, "well I planned for it for a long time".

Most are very happy for me and commiserate on the state of corporate America. Some have confessed that they are leaving to other jobs soon, some complain about our common management issues and confess their issues.

Everyone has been very nice and I have been taken out to lunch every day this week, and there is a goodbye happy hour for me tomorrow.

I woke up the other day in a panic wondering what I was doing and if it was the right thing. Most of my fears are giving up the cushy salary. But I calm myself down knowing that the 4% rule is ironclad. Then I think of what my future work would be if I stayed at the job, and I realize FIRE'ing is the right decision.

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« Reply #1349 on: September 28, 2017, 07:51:16 PM »
These are two of my FIRE theme songs I will be singing all day tomorrow.

'm not sure if I can get away with doing the "what a feeling" dance on my way out, but I will try!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILWSp0m9G2U

Freedom!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yljbcRu3tiU