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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1100 on: January 18, 2018, 05:42:54 PM »
Checking in -  I'm in the list for sometime in March 2018.  I'm not gonna make it until March.

My work pays out its 401k of sorts (a pension/profit-sharing plan) in a roughly 2/3-1/3 split each year.  I've received the 2/3 portion, and am just hanging on for the 1/3 portion, which usually posts by early February.  Then I go have "the talk" and give notice.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1101 on: January 18, 2018, 06:21:37 PM »
I gave verbal (unofficial) notice today!  I'm on track for a 3/16/18 departure.  It feels so good.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1102 on: January 18, 2018, 06:30:51 PM »
I gave verbal (unofficial) notice today!  I'm on track for a 3/16/18 departure.  It feels so good.

Yaaaaaaa!!! Congratulations!  Your St Patrick's day will be one to remember.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1103 on: January 18, 2018, 08:15:03 PM »
The thing about giving notice is that I'm suddenly without a filter.  Uttered by me in a meeting with my Great Grand boss yesterday "I wouldn't exactly say I missed the meeting, sir, I played legos with my 9 year old that whole day."

Keep this up

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1104 on: January 19, 2018, 08:00:46 AM »
The thing about giving notice is that I'm suddenly without a filter.  Uttered by me in a meeting with my Great Grand boss yesterday "I wouldn't exactly say I missed the meeting, sir, I played legos with my 9 year old that whole day."
Keep this up
Work is fun now that I don't care as much! 

The word hasn't spread to his level yet that I'm quitting, so from his perspective it probably looks like I have lost my mind.  Or need to be fired.  Not going to sweat it though because he needs me to make this a smooth transition (whether he knows it yet or not)



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1105 on: January 19, 2018, 08:57:03 AM »
The thing about giving notice is that I'm suddenly without a filter.  Uttered by me in a meeting with my Great Grand boss yesterday "I wouldn't exactly say I missed the meeting, sir, I played legos with my 9 year old that whole day."
Keep this up
Work is fun now that I don't care as much! 

The word hasn't spread to his level yet that I'm quitting, so from his perspective it probably looks like I have lost my mind.  Or need to be fired.  Not going to sweat it though because he needs me to make this a smooth transition (whether he knows it yet or not)

I strongly encourage you to not burn bridges at your current job.   I'm sure there's temporary satisfaction sniping at meetings, but there might be a day where you regret it.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1106 on: January 19, 2018, 11:58:32 AM »
Congratulations @Cherry Lane !!!

In other news, I thought I would give an update on my FIRE situation.  I left work, without a replacement...  Within a few days, my boss, and other coworkers were blowing up my email asking me to come back part-time.  I agreed to two days for this week, for about 7 hours a day at most.  On my first day back, a coworker talked down to me as if I was a stupid child.  It's amazing how every time I have a doubt about FIRE, something shitty happens at work to remind me that I'm on the right path.

On the home front, I have been working hard to sell as much as our stuff on facebook as possible.  It's a lot of work, but we've been making a fair bit of money, $50-$100, most days.  We still haven't gotten to furniture or any of those things, so that's when the money will start coming in.  I am incredibly busy, but I am sleeping so much better.  I am finally catching up on sleep so I am less moody.  And even though I haven't been exercising enough due to the insanely cold weather, I have managed to lose some weight!  I guess sitting on my ass at work while eating from boredom was worse than I thought!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1107 on: January 19, 2018, 12:55:36 PM »
On my first day back, a coworker talked down to me as if I was a stupid child. 

Odd how they would desperately need you to come back, only to have to endure immature behavior from this coworker. These companies really don't know how to manage employee relations well.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1108 on: January 19, 2018, 12:57:46 PM »
for Gimesalot...........
When I first decided that I was going to call it quits, I physically kept a file/list of situations that helped me make that decision... Because quite often the job was great, no problems/issues/concerns.  Just me doing what I was paid to do.  But then every so often management would throw a monkey-wrench in all of that by creating a scenario with customers that made my job as the person who did the invoicing go crazy and sometimes near impossible.  Also they would agree to multi-layered commission computations that were almost a 'catch-22'......couldn't compute A before B, or B before C, or C before A !!!!!   


I referred to that file/list every so often to remind myself of how crazy things could get.  Good luck as you go forward.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1109 on: January 19, 2018, 01:09:21 PM »
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06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42) - I'm on the fence about keeping this date. Deciding between remodeling our house and extending the FIRE by two years (so, 44), or keeping the date. From an investment perspective, the remodel is a sound choice & would make the house significantly more livable for us. If I extend my FIRE by two years, there are some career milestones/responsibility progressions that I'm worried about. I need to think whether I can bring enough energy & motivation to these last 2.5 years, and give something approximating my best.

Should have a firm answer in the next month or so. In positive news, I've been pushing hard to get these bids & have the "come to Jesus" with the numbers for months now, knowing this would have a big impact on the date/year decision. I feel relieved to now have all of the numbers, so we can make a decision.

I'm in a similar place.  We are doing a kitchen remodel and I would like to have it paid off before I retire.  We don't have the final numbers yet but it looks like it might be 3 times what I estimated.  Partly because I had no idea what a remodel costs and partly because we went overboard on cabinets and taking out walls.   The good news is that the market has already pushed my stash up by more than even the higher cost just since January 1!   My options are sell enough stock to pay off the whole thing now and stick to the  April 2 date or keep working till October and pay it off a little each month. 



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1110 on: January 19, 2018, 01:16:10 PM »
I gave verbal (unofficial) notice today!  I'm on track for a 3/16/18 departure.  It feels so good.
Kermit Flail!



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1111 on: January 19, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
The thing about giving notice is that I'm suddenly without a filter.  Uttered by me in a meeting with my Great Grand boss yesterday "I wouldn't exactly say I missed the meeting, sir, I played legos with my 9 year old that whole day."
Keep this up
Work is fun now that I don't care as much! 

The word hasn't spread to his level yet that I'm quitting, so from his perspective it probably looks like I have lost my mind.  Or need to be fired.  Not going to sweat it though because he needs me to make this a smooth transition (whether he knows it yet or not)

I strongly encourage you to not burn bridges at your current job.   I'm sure there's temporary satisfaction sniping at meetings, but there might be a day where you regret it.
Thank you for the reminder.  You are probably right, that I need to behave myself just in case I need to cross that bridge again. 



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1112 on: January 19, 2018, 01:31:36 PM »
@FIBy30 and @Prepube, where are your updates?  You should have given notice by now if you are still on track for some time in January 2018.

Still no update, huh?  I vote we give these laggards until month's end to respond to your bat-signal and then cut them loose.  Now that momentum's building, we can't have any stragglers holding up the queue!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1113 on: January 19, 2018, 01:45:53 PM »
@FIBy30 and @Prepube, where are your updates?  You should have given notice by now if you are still on track for some time in January 2018.

Still no update, huh?  I vote we give these laggards until month's end to respond to your bat-signal and then cut them loose.  Now that momentum's building, we can't have any stragglers holding up the queue!

Looks like neither have been on the forum for many months (September and April, respectively).

I gave verbal (unofficial) notice today!  I'm on track for a 3/16/18 departure.  It feels so good.
Kermit Flail!

Well, since you brought it up:
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1114 on: January 19, 2018, 06:51:35 PM »
On track for January 31. I gave my last presentation to our board this week, sorted out my final 457 contribution with HR, and figured out where we will all meet up for beers.

I have one yearís expenses in cash right now and with the absurd run up in the market over the last couple of weeks, Iím fighting the urge to not just pull another yearís worth out then not look at any of my accounts until the end of 2019.

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« Reply #1115 on: January 19, 2018, 07:33:18 PM »
On track for January 31. I gave my last presentation to our board this week, sorted out my final 457 contribution with HR, and figured out where we will all meet up for beers.

I have one yearís expenses in cash right now and with the absurd run up in the market over the last couple of weeks, Iím fighting the urge to not just pull another yearís worth out then not look at any of my accounts until the end of 2019.

Congrats! Home stretch.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1116 on: January 20, 2018, 06:31:12 PM »
60 is pretty late on these boards but I really only got the idea of earlier retirement  at the beginning of 2012, I thought I'd be going til 67. Better late than never :)

Couldn't agree more - in fact it's my sig block :)

I know how you feel!   I thought I was going to have to work until 70.   I found MMM in 2012 and learned differently.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1117 on: January 23, 2018, 07:15:09 AM »
I will be giving 2 week notice 2/26, but given my employer, I am pretty sure I will not end up working it.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1118 on: January 23, 2018, 08:06:18 AM »
Patches to 1/31, CheapskateWife to 3/31 and Aegishjalmur to 2/26

Welcome to the cohort Wintergreen78!


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches
01/31/18  Wintergreen78
01/31/18  MomCPA
01/??/18  FIBy30
01/??/18  PrePube
02/01/18  DTaggart
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
05/25/18  CheapskateWife
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  MiserlyMiser
03/??/18  Acastus
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
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~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/04/18  step_away
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  Gyosho
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/30/18  TartanTallulah
06/??/18  Cheddar Stacker
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
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07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
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08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
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09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
10/25/18 PhilB (at 52)
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
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??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  Michread
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1119 on: January 23, 2018, 01:18:02 PM »
I officially gave notice! Right now I'm going with the "open-ended sabbatical" story, although it's coming back to me as "I heard you're taking a year-long sabbatical, that's great!" (I don't bother correcting the timeframe.)

We sell our condo this Friday, then we're staying with a dear friend for 2 weeks while I wrap up at work. FIRE starts with 2 weeks in Florida in February to visit family, then 3 weeks in Hawaii in March.

I absolutely cannot wait for February 9th to arrive. I get a silly grin on my face every time I think about it.

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« Reply #1120 on: January 23, 2018, 04:27:51 PM »
Turned in my official, printed and signed resignation letter today.   

Told my colleagues at work to expect the market to plummet now that I had done this.

Went back to my desk and saw that the Dow was down for the day.   

I guess I should cross-post this in https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/top-is-in now that we have a definitive reason for the market to collapse.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1121 on: January 23, 2018, 07:42:12 PM »
But the more important SP 500 index was actually up a quarter of a percent today.

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« Reply #1122 on: January 23, 2018, 09:15:48 PM »
But the more important SP 500 index was actually up a quarter of a percent today.

I don't stress about the stock market though I would prefer it stays up for several years.

$65k of our $75k planned FIRE budget comes from non-stock sources.  (Farm rental, home rentals, social security.)
That $10k shortfall that we'll depend on stocks for is about a 0.7% SWR, so I'm pretty sure we'll be fine.   If we sell our old home over the next 6 months we shouldn't have to sell any of our stock to support ourselves.

If we don't sell it in the next 3 months we'll have to sell some stock to cover repair costs on our flip house.   Other than taxes and possibly missing out on market gains, it shouldn't matter much.

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« Reply #1123 on: January 24, 2018, 04:10:14 AM »
Congrats to JLTinVA and Swordguy for making it official!

JLT, just curious, why are you going with the sabbatical story instead of coming clean about the fact that you aren't coming back?
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« Reply #1124 on: January 24, 2018, 06:57:09 AM »
But the more important SP 500 index was actually up a quarter of a percent today.

I don't stress about the stock market though I would prefer it stays up for several years.

$65k of our $75k planned FIRE budget comes from non-stock sources.  (Farm rental, home rentals, social security.)
That $10k shortfall that we'll depend on stocks for is about a 0.7% SWR, so I'm pretty sure we'll be fine.   If we sell our old home over the next 6 months we shouldn't have to sell any of our stock to support ourselves.

If we don't sell it in the next 3 months we'll have to sell some stock to cover repair costs on our flip house.   Other than taxes and possibly missing out on market gains, it shouldn't matter much.

You're on a very solid financial footing, and I can relate to some of the anxiety of letting go the accumulation phase, squirreling away as much as possible.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1125 on: January 24, 2018, 10:05:19 AM »
JLT, just curious, why are you going with the sabbatical story instead of coming clean about the fact that you aren't coming back?

The main reason is that my colleagues don't need to know that much about my finances. I've always said it's open-ended and that if I decide to work again, it won't be in my current field. People can't seem to wrap their minds around that!

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« Reply #1126 on: January 24, 2018, 05:46:22 PM »
Holy shit, Iím quitting my job!

I gave verbal notice this morning. It wasnít a surprise to my boss and he was quite kind about it. I said I wanted to leave in April and he asked if we could make it the end of June. I said Iíd think about it. So nothing in writing, but no turning the ship around now either.

I told my husband and he was impressed but surprised. I donít think he thought
Iíd ever really do it. Thanks to this community- I donít think Iíd have had the courage to go the last mile without having good role models and positive reinforcement.

It hasnít really sunk in yet because Iíve  been horribly ill with strep all week, and all I can think about is how awful I feel. I basically went in to work this morning just long enough to quit. Then I came home and took a 3 hour nap.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1127 on: January 24, 2018, 05:58:48 PM »
Welcome to the cohort Agent Rosenflower!


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches
01/31/18  Wintergreen78
01/31/18  MomCPA
01/??/18  FIBy30
01/??/18  PrePube
02/01/18  DTaggart
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42)
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/31/18  CheapskateWife
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Clean Shaven
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  MiserlyMiser
03/??/18  Acastus
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
~04/??/18 Agent Rosenflower
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/04/18  step_away
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  Gyosho
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/30/18  TartanTallulah
06/??/18  Cheddar Stacker
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
~06/??/18 Pylortes
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
10/25/18 PhilB (at 52)
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  OzBeach -- WIGLO (When I Get Laid Off)
??/??/18  thriftycanadian
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  FLStache


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« Reply #1128 on: January 25, 2018, 11:44:01 AM »
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Holy shit, Iím quitting my job!

I gave verbal notice this morning. It wasnít a surprise to my boss and he was quite kind about it. I said I wanted to leave in April and he asked if we could make it the end of June. I said Iíd think about it. So nothing in writing, but no turning the ship around now either.

Congratulations Agent Rosenflower, Its a big step to finally get it out there.  Yesterday I finally had to tell my boss that I was retiring. I did not do a good enough job keeping it a secret and the rumors were starting to spread so I wanted him to hear it directly from me.  I told him sometime between April 2 and January 2. Lots of reasons to do it early and lots of reasons to delay.  I wont go into them all now but I will say that I have made more in the market since January 1 than my kitchen remodel will cost. I am pulling the money out now and will pay it all off at once.  That gets rid of my major reason for procrastination and takes some of my equity gains off the table before the inevitable market  crash. I'm running out of excuses to delay the big day! I'm keeping my date at April 2 but I'm like the kid on the high diving board who is afraid to take the leap.



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« Reply #1129 on: January 25, 2018, 12:00:33 PM »
I will say that I have made more in the market since January 1 than my kitchen remodel will cost

I'm pretty sure everyone in this thread is currently making more money in the stock market than at their job.  2% per week gains in 2018?  At this rate we'd have to close out 2018 at sp500 over 5k or Dow 50k.  It seems ridiculous to me.  Surely there will be a pause at some point?

If the market stays flat for the next 49 weeks, it will still have been a good year.  I try not to watch my balances too closely, but it's hard to resist when they're rising tens of thousands per week.  Anybody who hasn't been paying attention since Christmas is in for a pleasant surprise.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1130 on: January 25, 2018, 12:04:40 PM »
Congratulations Agent Rosenflower and Honeyfill!  I found that giving notice was the most difficult part. After that, it was sooth sailing. 

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« Reply #1131 on: January 25, 2018, 12:16:16 PM »
Not sure how it happened, but there seems to be confusion on my date...I'm still at 5/25/2018.  Added DH along with our ages.
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« Reply #1132 on: January 25, 2018, 12:30:23 PM »
I went back to work this week after a 14 month sabbatical (or gap year). You can imagine how that felt. On day one I arranged a meeting with my supervisor and big boss to formally request that I be considered for a redundancy package. There are still hurdles to go through and nothing is guaranteed, but the wheels are in motion.
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« Reply #1133 on: January 25, 2018, 01:35:02 PM »
I went back to work this week after a 14 month sabbatical (or gap year). You can imagine how that felt. On day one I arranged a meeting with my supervisor and big boss to formally request that I be considered for a redundancy package. There are still hurdles to go through and nothing is guaranteed, but the wheels are in motion.

WIGLO in action!

Best of luck, hope you get the package...

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« Reply #1134 on: January 25, 2018, 01:44:21 PM »
Blech. I'm off the list. A few weeks ago I learned that a colleague slightly older than me was already FI and suspected they might retire ahead of schedule. They gave notice yesterday and will leave in the summer. Due to the terms of our contract, I'm now tied till early 2019.

It's only a small setback. I'm not melting down, I'll suck it up. On the upside, it means that I'll be able to take my pension as soon as I retire and my bridging fund plus whatever I can save from my next fourteen paychecks will become extra spending money



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« Reply #1135 on: January 25, 2018, 02:58:14 PM »
Sorry CheapSkateWife, that was my mistake.

Goodbye TartanTallulah, I was expecting this after reading the 2019 cohort thread. Best of luck!


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« Reply #1136 on: January 26, 2018, 09:06:15 AM »
I will say that I have made more in the market since January 1 than my kitchen remodel will cost

I'm pretty sure everyone in this thread is currently making more money in the stock market than at their job.  2% per week gains in 2018?  At this rate we'd have to close out 2018 at sp500 over 5k or Dow 50k.  It seems ridiculous to me.  Surely there will be a pause at some point?

If the market stays flat for the next 49 weeks, it will still have been a good year.  I try not to watch my balances too closely, but it's hard to resist when they're rising tens of thousands per week.  Anybody who hasn't been paying attention since Christmas is in for a pleasant surprise.

I look forward to being surprised when I look at month end ;).    Not sure I got last year, I certainly don't get this year if what you say is the case.  I just think of the phrases "What goes up must go down" or "Easy come easy go"  but I like it. 

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« Reply #1137 on: January 26, 2018, 09:40:04 AM »
One week to go, and I've already gotten unsolicited leads on 2 new jobs (which I do NOT want lol). Is anyone else experiencing this?

One was from a guy who used to work in our office but has gone back to his agency and is the "boss" there now, he was back for a class and gave me his card and told me to call him if I wanted or needed to go back to work. They are the last agency on the planet I would want to work for (very disorganized), but its always nice to know there are options.

Then my husband (who teaches very part-time at the local community college) had a departmental gathering and apparently was telling his boss about me, who said to have me contact him if I ever wanted to get into teaching there.

Meanwhile, I'm cleaning up my desk and having fun giving away all my decorative trinkets to various coworkers "to remember me by". People are putting in dibs on pieces of my equipment, heck my chair got claimed two weeks ago :)
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« Reply #1138 on: January 26, 2018, 09:47:32 AM »
One week to go, and I've already gotten unsolicited leads on 2 new jobs (which I do NOT want lol). Is anyone else experiencing this?

One was from a guy who used to work in our office but has gone back to his agency and is the "boss" there now, he was back for a class and gave me his card and told me to call him if I wanted or needed to go back to work. They are the last agency on the planet I would want to work for (very disorganized), but its always nice to know there are options.

Then my husband (who teaches very part-time at the local community college) had a departmental gathering and apparently was telling his boss about me, who said to have me contact him if I ever wanted to get into teaching there.

Meanwhile, I'm cleaning up my desk and having fun giving away all my decorative trinkets to various coworkers "to remember me by". People are putting in dibs on pieces of my equipment, heck my chair got claimed two weeks ago :)

Haha, that's awesome.  A previous employer caught wind of my departure and has also offered me my old job back.  It was flattering... but it was lumber trading and something I've fled from twice already in my career. Basically an extremely high-reward violently cut-throat sales job.  Good money if you can get ramped up, but man... soul sucking work done solely for money.

And I'm a sentimental sap, so I'll be keeping all my trinkets, thank you.

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« Reply #1139 on: January 26, 2018, 09:49:45 AM »
I mentioned to my boss that I was "probably" going to retire, and now he's doing a hard sell trying to get me to stay. "You can work for just one more year..." he says.

Not that he's offered me any more money ... yet. I'm kind of curious to see if he will.

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« Reply #1140 on: January 26, 2018, 10:17:42 AM »
Holy shit, Iím quitting my job!

I gave verbal notice this morning. It wasnít a surprise to my boss and he was quite kind about it. I said I wanted to leave in April and he asked if we could make it the end of June. I said Iíd think about it. So nothing in writing, but no turning the ship around now either.

I told my husband and he was impressed but surprised. I donít think he thought
Iíd ever really do it. Thanks to this community- I donít think Iíd have had the courage to go the last mile without having good role models and positive reinforcement.

It hasnít really sunk in yet because Iíve  been horribly ill with strep all week, and all I can think about is how awful I feel. I basically went in to work this morning just long enough to quit. Then I came home and took a 3 hour nap.

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

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« Reply #1141 on: January 26, 2018, 10:31:37 AM »
Holy shit, Iím quitting my job!

I gave verbal notice this morning. It wasnít a surprise to my boss and he was quite kind about it. I said I wanted to leave in April and he asked if we could make it the end of June. I said Iíd think about it. So nothing in writing, but no turning the ship around now either.

I told my husband and he was impressed but surprised. I donít think he thought
Iíd ever really do it. Thanks to this community- I donít think Iíd have had the courage to go the last mile without having good role models and positive reinforcement.

It hasnít really sunk in yet because Iíve  been horribly ill with strep all week, and all I can think about is how awful I feel. I basically went in to work this morning just long enough to quit. Then I came home and took a 3 hour nap.

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

Haha I totally agree!  I've explained mine a few times, cuz I didn't think it was something to considered normal... but I'm an owner in the company I'm quitting so I wanted to give a lot of notice to smooth out my transition and protect my investment.

However, I've always been an "I exchange services for money" kind of person. So I never really understood the loyalty aspect a person has to their employer.  Seems to me the employer is in debt to the employee and makes good on the debt every pay day.  But I know that's not really a popular view... a lot of employers also have a "we're a family" type work environment for a variety of reasons.

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« Reply #1142 on: January 26, 2018, 11:06:16 AM »

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

My DH won't give more then 2 weeks but I gave two months. Our unemployment rate here is somewhere around 3% and my HR person can't even find someone qualified to even respond (she has posted three different versions of my job). I was getting told weekly by every person here I had job security because my skill set is unique. I have even been told that they would hire me back no matter what when I am done if I want. I did it to avoid the sheer panic that 2 week notice would trigger. I don't like seeing people distraught around me. Because I gave 2 months, everyone is working on developing their abilities to fill as much of the gap as they can.

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« Reply #1143 on: January 26, 2018, 11:27:05 AM »

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

My DH won't give more then 2 weeks but I gave two months. Our unemployment rate here is somewhere around 3% and my HR person can't even find someone qualified to even respond (she has posted three different versions of my job). I was getting told weekly by every person here I had job security because my skill set is unique. I have even been told that they would hire me back no matter what when I am done if I want. I did it to avoid the sheer panic that 2 week notice would trigger. I don't like seeing people distraught around me. Because I gave 2 months, everyone is working on developing their abilities to fill as much of the gap as they can.

Are you at a smallish company? I suspect that's part of it.

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« Reply #1144 on: January 26, 2018, 11:45:45 AM »
@DTaggart  I'll keep many of my trinkets, but I've earmarked one that I got for a project/design not yet successful.
A new colleague has really stepped up in this project and he really deserves it if/when the finished item goes out the door.
If he had not been here, I'd have blown a gasket (think steam out the  ears) or said bad things.

I made the mistake of giving 7 months notice.   All I want to do is just not be there.  I like my job generally.  But I found I'm doing more market watching, and MMM forum browsing than real job stuff.   I'm taking fridays off till I'm done in May.  I don't think that my boss has really processed that I am working 4-8's.

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« Reply #1145 on: January 26, 2018, 12:09:13 PM »
One week to go, and I've already gotten unsolicited leads on 2 new jobs (which I do NOT want lol). Is anyone else experiencing this?

Yup, me too. One friend from a big bank asked if I wanted to join there.

Yesterday, a friend offered a part-time C++/Linux job developing for the backend for a top 1000 web site.

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« Reply #1146 on: January 26, 2018, 12:24:37 PM »
I'm also considering giving lots of notice to my employer.  When I was hired 2 years ago, I first heard about the position in October and started work 7 months later.  It takes a ridiculous amount of time to fill a position where I work.  And, we're currently in a hiring freeze so the existing vacant position in our team of four hasn't been filled even after a year.  My planned 2018 FIRE date is going to have an impact on the team, leaving one competent person doing the work of four, so out of consideration for that poor soul, I'm planning to give notice 3 months in advance.  YMMV

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« Reply #1147 on: January 26, 2018, 12:35:26 PM »
Holy shit, Iím quitting my job!

I gave verbal notice this morning. It wasnít a surprise to my boss and he was quite kind about it. I said I wanted to leave in April and he asked if we could make it the end of June. I said Iíd think about it. So nothing in writing, but no turning the ship around now either.

I told my husband and he was impressed but surprised. I donít think he thought
Iíd ever really do it. Thanks to this community- I donít think Iíd have had the courage to go the last mile without having good role models and positive reinforcement.

It hasnít really sunk in yet because Iíve  been horribly ill with strep all week, and all I can think about is how awful I feel. I basically went in to work this morning just long enough to quit. Then I came home and took a 3 hour nap.

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

We're obliged to give at least three months' notice, and it's conventional to give a longer period to allow plenty of time for recruitment of a replacement, who is also likely to be tied to three or more months' notice.



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« Reply #1148 on: January 26, 2018, 01:29:38 PM »

Congratulations!

One thing I don't get is I'm seeing a lot of people give really long notices.  What's up with that?  Maybe I'm a jerk, but nobody I work with or for is going to know I'm leaving until 2 weeks before I do.

My DH won't give more then 2 weeks but I gave two months. Our unemployment rate here is somewhere around 3% and my HR person can't even find someone qualified to even respond (she has posted three different versions of my job). I was getting told weekly by every person here I had job security because my skill set is unique. I have even been told that they would hire me back no matter what when I am done if I want. I did it to avoid the sheer panic that 2 week notice would trigger. I don't like seeing people distraught around me. Because I gave 2 months, everyone is working on developing their abilities to fill as much of the gap as they can.

Are you at a smallish company? I suspect that's part of it.

My location is smallish, less than 20 people (the overall firm is enormous but that section is geographically very far from us) so yes that does make a difference. If I was a nameless cog, I would definitely give only 2 weeks notice.

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« Reply #1149 on: January 28, 2018, 09:47:58 AM »
Typically I would have given two weeks notice but I work on-site for a client which makes it more difficult to replace me.  Also, I  quit during the holidays, so there was at least a week and a half where everyone was out.

My husband gave three MONTHS notice.  I was totally against it, but he had wanted to give six months notice so we agreed to meet in the middle at 3.  His workplace is a wreck and he didn't want to leave them high and dry since it will be his last restaurant industry job.  He wanted to leave on super good terms should he ever have to go back to work in a restaurant.