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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #300 on: April 09, 2017, 07:15:00 PM »
@aperture - relatively new (say the last 5 years or so). Took an into sailing class in 2013 and loved it. Went on to get ASA certified through 106 and then the DW and I have done some charters since then and sail whenever we can get away (which is not nearly often enough).

@yoda34 - this is one of the best reasons to retire early I think: when you will not be using 40 hours per week of your time renting out your brain, you have to dream up a new (better) thing to do with that time.  Sailing seems much better then cubicle surfing.  Best wishes. -ap.

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« Reply #301 on: April 12, 2017, 12:43:25 PM »
Well I think it's about time I officially joined you guys, and declare my estimated retirement date of April 2018 - let's call it 4/13/18.

I'm fortunate that I have an awesome (and by all appearances secure) pension from my job, so when I turn 50 in 2027 I will be able to start collecting ~25k/year. With that, I'm targeting a roughly 5% withdrawal rate for my stache which I should hit early next year. I have to admit, the whole health care thing has me nervous since if the ACA were to go away or be significantly altered that will have a big effect on our spending, but I'm hoping that between some buffer spending/income, hubby's VA eligibility, and the fact that we live in CA (I suspect that they will move towards a state-level system if the feds fuck us all over) we'll be able to overcome that. In any event, I think I'd rather live a shorter life of freedom than a longer life of indentured servitude, so I'll have to risk it.

I'm also trying to save up an extra bucket of cash for some long-neglected house renovations that I hope to accomplish in retirement. We bought our house as a fixer-upper in 2003 and haven't really done much of the fixing-up. We did some minor improvements to the bathroom but I think we're going to replace the whole bathtub/shower enclosure, and the kitchen is still the original 1960 installation, complete with burnt-orange oven and rangetop as well as pinkish-brown laminate countertop. What a strange decade the 60's must have been.


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #302 on: April 13, 2017, 09:24:53 PM »

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #303 on: April 14, 2017, 06:04:07 AM »
I had a conversation with a fellow military guy with about the same time/rank in the service as me.  He just found out he won't be promoted again and is trying to figure out what to do next.

I laid out my plan to retire and live on my pension.  He had no idea how much his pension would even pay.  He was surprised how high the amount was.  He asked me what I planned to "do all day".  When I queried him, he told me he had no real hobbies or interests beyond his military career.  I told him it might be time to start thinking about it.

I'm the first to say that I derive a great deal of my self-worth from my service and career, but I have lots of other interests and I'm excited by the opportunity to retire and have more time for other interests.  I'm constantly surprised when I talk to my peers and none of them have even considered a full retirement on their (quite generous) pension.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #304 on: April 15, 2017, 10:14:28 PM »
I laid out my plan to retire and live on my pension.  He had no idea how much his pension would even pay.  He was surprised how high the amount was.  He asked me what I planned to "do all day".  When I queried him, he told me he had no real hobbies or interests beyond his military career.  I told him it might be time to start thinking about it.
I get that a lot from my readers.  And their spouses.

Along with "Oh, yeah, sure, but I don't want to have to drink cheap wine, let alone recycle my dental floss..."
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #305 on: April 16, 2017, 06:50:06 AM »
    I heard this is where all the cool kids hang out. I think I want in on getting out in 2018. :)
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« Reply #306 on: April 17, 2017, 11:12:51 AM »
Just went back thru our numbers and I can't see any reason we shouldn't be able to FIRE in May, 2018.  We are so close!

That's the earliest for my darling wife because she (quite rightly) won't leave her colleagues and students in the lurch part way thru the school year.

I might pull my date forward but, then again, maybe I'll wait until my darling wife can FIRE with me.  Might be "a good idea". :)

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« Reply #307 on: April 17, 2017, 01:44:03 PM »
Still looking to semi retire by the end of 2018. I really do like my job and would love to work 8 days a month for the next 15 years.  So does that make me the class of semi retire 2018 or 2019?

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« Reply #308 on: April 17, 2017, 03:00:04 PM »
I'm officially signing on for Oct 2018...happy to join the club!

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« Reply #309 on: April 17, 2017, 03:13:48 PM »
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« Reply #310 on: April 17, 2017, 04:27:37 PM »
In 2013 I thought I'd be working until 65 (2026). Did some more calcs and got it down to maybe 2023. I was sort of on the right track but didn't have real direction. In 2015 I stumbled across MMM and it all fell into place. I immediately got properly focused and revised my target to 2020.

Now, thanks to improved earnings and an 80% savings rate, I'm aiming for 56/57 (2018). So, count me in - I'll optimistically add myself to the list for April.

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« Reply #311 on: April 17, 2017, 04:30:39 PM »
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« Reply #312 on: April 17, 2017, 04:38:48 PM »
Just wanted to post in this thread. I would have loved to FIRE in 2018 but unfortunately it is still at least 5 years away. I could do an MMM style FIRE but need some more in the stash for more travel funding.

Good luck and I'll be following along. 

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« Reply #313 on: April 18, 2017, 06:30:11 PM »
Well, I did it. Today was my annual review and I told my boss I didn't expect to be around for the next one.

I'm a gov't worker, so no risk of being shown the door earlier than I desire.  I've also been the manager on this program for 8-9 years, so I wanted to give her some time to consider succession planning.  (Something we talk about in theory, but haven't done much about up til now.)  My program runs on a calendar year cycle, and I committed to completing this round, but said it would be my last full cycle.

Things are starting to feel real here.

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« Reply #314 on: April 24, 2017, 07:23:03 PM »
Well, I did it. Today was my annual review and I told my boss I didn't expect to be around for the next one.

I'm a gov't worker, so no risk of being shown the door earlier than I desire.  I've also been the manager on this program for 8-9 years, so I wanted to give her some time to consider succession planning.  (Something we talk about in theory, but haven't done much about up til now.)  My program runs on a calendar year cycle, and I committed to completing this round, but said it would be my last full cycle.

Things are starting to feel real here.

Congratulations Cherry Lane.  How did your boss react?  Was s/he surprised? Incredulous? Non-plussed? I think any of those reactions is equally likely.

It is so exciting to start winding down the work life. I look forward to having the same conversation with my boss.  Probably I will discuss it with her this September. My organization has never escorted anyone out after giving notice, and my department will fare much better if we plan to fill my position early.  Best wishes - aperture.

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« Reply #315 on: May 02, 2017, 05:51:12 PM »
Well, I did it. Today was my annual review and I told my boss I didn't expect to be around for the next one.

I'm a gov't worker, so no risk of being shown the door earlier than I desire.  I've also been the manager on this program for 8-9 years, so I wanted to give her some time to consider succession planning.  (Something we talk about in theory, but haven't done much about up til now.)  My program runs on a calendar year cycle, and I committed to completing this round, but said it would be my last full cycle.

Things are starting to feel real here.

Cherry Lane-- Congratulations! I'm reading this thread because I am considering joining the 2019 cohort and wanted to read what other nearby cohorts are up to. Having met Cherry Lane in person, I'm just particularly pleased to hear your plans are getting so real!! So cool. Sorry I can't congratulate you in person-- I moved away about a year and a half ago.

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« Reply #316 on: May 02, 2017, 08:46:15 PM »
Congratulations Cherry Lane.  How did your boss react?  Was s/he surprised? Incredulous? Non-plussed? I think any of those reactions is equally likely.
Thanks, aperture!  Initial surprise, lots of pacing around the office in a panicked manner.  She admitted that she knew I wouldn't be there forever but had been avoiding thinking about it.

I asked her not to share my plans with anyone, as I was just telling her as a courtesy for succession planning and am not ready to go public.  So far she hasn't told anyone, so that's good. 

My likely successor has been out of the office since this talk.  She and I need to have a conversation when she's back next week.  I'm working on how to frame the message that I'll need her to step up this year and do more of the work on my program without telling her why.  She would not keep my news to herself.

Cherry Lane-- Congratulations! I'm reading this thread because I am considering joining the 2019 cohort and wanted to read what other nearby cohorts are up to. Having met Cherry Lane in person, I'm just particularly pleased to hear your plans are getting so real!! So cool. Sorry I can't congratulate you in person-- I moved away about a year and a half ago.

Hi, jfer_rose!  Thanks for stopping in.  I'd heard you moved away and have missed seeing you at the meetups.  I've done the same as you, keeping up with the 2016 and 2017 threads - it helps to know what people just ahead on the timeline are planning/doing/thinking/feeling.  Very exciting that you are looking at 2019!

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« Reply #317 on: May 03, 2017, 06:27:38 AM »
Did my spring physical readiness test today.  That means I have just 2 more until FIRE, this coming fall and next spring.

FIRE almost 1 year out.  I hit 27 years in the Navy tomorrow.

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« Reply #318 on: May 03, 2017, 06:43:38 AM »
Did my spring physical readiness test today.  That means I have just 2 more until FIRE, this coming fall and next spring.

FIRE almost 1 year out.  I hit 27 years in the Navy tomorrow.

I like that, timing FIRE by physical readiness tests!

Almost there!
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« Reply #319 on: May 03, 2017, 06:50:50 AM »
I have a very unpleasant and stressful on-call week that comes around every 3 months. So I am doing a countdown of that. I'm going in 18 months, so 6 more to do. After 35 years of doing all sorts of crazy after-hours cover, only 6 more is almost too hard to believe!
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« Reply #320 on: May 03, 2017, 01:35:20 PM »
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I've removed myself from the list.... I'm calling it 7 months early and going to move to the 2017 cohort in August! Woooo. It was fun being in this cohort! (and I'm still going to follow the thread)

Good luck folks!

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« Reply #321 on: May 03, 2017, 01:38:28 PM »
I've removed myself from the list.... I'm calling it 7 months early and going to move to the 2017 cohort in August! Woooo. It was fun being in this cohort! (and I'm still going to follow the thread)

Good luck folks!

w00t!!!!! Let us know how it goes, so that we may live vicariously through you :)

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« Reply #322 on: May 03, 2017, 01:53:45 PM »
Congrats. That's wonderful news. :)

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« Reply #323 on: May 03, 2017, 02:06:26 PM »
Way to go, dividendman!

I have FIRE envy.

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« Reply #324 on: May 03, 2017, 02:25:03 PM »
Congrats!
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« Reply #325 on: May 03, 2017, 03:27:29 PM »
Excellent!
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« Reply #326 on: May 03, 2017, 04:29:54 PM »
Congrats dividendman!!

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« Reply #327 on: May 03, 2017, 06:33:05 PM »
Thanks for all of the well wishes!

I was looking through my old posts and one of my first ones was this: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/semi-fi-career-change-how-do-you-do-it/msg379792/#msg379792 way back in August 2014.

Looking back, I'm glad I stuck it out instead of going part time/changing careers, but it was definitely a slog. These next 3 months are going to be even more brutal now that I know I'm pulling the plug.

On the plus side, I am meeting my 10 year plan I set when I was 25 (and had negative NW) which was to accumulate $1M so I could do whatever I wanted (didn't know about FIRE back then). I'll be pretty close to $1M if the market stays where it is. Interesting how that long term goal played out and how all of my big decisions were for that goal.

Now I need a new 10 year goal!

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« Reply #328 on: May 04, 2017, 07:56:34 AM »
Thanks for all of the well wishes!

I was looking through my old posts and one of my first ones was this: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/semi-fi-career-change-how-do-you-do-it/msg379792/#msg379792 way back in August 2014.

Looking back, I'm glad I stuck it out instead of going part time/changing careers, but it was definitely a slog. These next 3 months are going to be even more brutal now that I know I'm pulling the plug.

On the plus side, I am meeting my 10 year plan I set when I was 25 (and had negative NW) which was to accumulate $1M so I could do whatever I wanted (didn't know about FIRE back then). I'll be pretty close to $1M if the market stays where it is. Interesting how that long term goal played out and how all of my big decisions were for that goal.

Now I need a new 10 year goal!

Dividendman, congrats on pulling the plug early. I went back and read your linked post.  It is really nice to see that place you came from feeling pretty low at work (like most of us do at times - at least I can relate), and seeing you now stepping out of work in a strong position to dream up what's next.  Wish you all the best.  -ap.

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« Reply #329 on: May 05, 2017, 10:32:47 AM »
Checked the academic calendar.  My wife can retire on May 8, 2018, which is the day after grades are due.
Her wages come in on a yearly basis (rather than bigger $ during the school year and $0 in the summer), so she'll still have an income until the end of August.

I think I'll retire no later than May 1, 2018.   That way I can handle her chores for her during finals week.


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« Reply #330 on: May 10, 2017, 07:13:03 PM »
Just changed my forum signature to reflect our FI date!  Woot!

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« Reply #331 on: May 16, 2017, 11:03:06 AM »
Grinding away at work (or not).  Spending more time daydreaming and reading/planning for investments than working.  I find this is a hard time of year to focus at work anyway due to all the great weather and outside activities going on.  I'd rather be out there playing or working on home improvement projects!  Not sure how I'm going to regain the motivation at work right now. 

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« Reply #332 on: May 16, 2017, 11:06:29 AM »
Not sure how I'm going to regain the motivation at work right now.

With a 2018 FIRE date you don't necessarily need to get re-motivated. All you have to do is coast to the finish line. If you are a high level performer [not uncommon on this forum] you can likely meet your minimum job expectations and goof off. I know that I can.

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« Reply #333 on: May 16, 2017, 11:09:50 AM »
Long time lurker ... first time poster.

[Deep breath]  I'm in for 2018!  In fact, the very beginning of 2018!

Insert the usual disclaimers about the election and ACA changes.  As long as there are affordable (and somewhat stable??) health care choices available, I'm in!

Our plan is
   (1) Sell our house while the housing market in our area is very good.  Probably by mid 2017.
   (2) DH will pull the plug then, and move to our "retirement" home that we already own in a neighboring state. 
         Goodbye concrete!  Hello pine trees!
   (3) I will stay behind to finish 2017, mainly to provide benefits for our college / post college kiddos.  I'll stay with sister, friends, parents.
   (4) Sometime towards the end of 2017, give notice and prepare for Life NOT Working For The Man!

I've already got my Dr. Doom inspired lists going of things I want to do Post FIRE.  I am SOOOOO looking forward to it!

I am afraid that I am leaving the 2018 cohorts ... another victim of OLY!

Our plan outlined above worked... too well!?!  We put the house on the market March 30... had 4 offers well over asking price in the first 4 days.  We closed on one of those offers 3 weeks later!!?!  So DH gave notice, and he and the doggies have moved to our retirement home out of state.  I'm surfing guest rooms.  AND I've recently learned that there is a voluntary package being offered at work.

SO, June 30, 2017 is the new date.  I can't believe it.  I haven't said it out loud at work yet, as I have a large group of employees and we are working out the transition plan... but only 32 more working days!!!!?!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #334 on: May 16, 2017, 11:13:39 AM »
I am afraid that I am leaving the 2018 cohorts ... another victim of OLY!

Congrats! :)

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« Reply #335 on: May 16, 2017, 11:39:47 AM »
Long time lurker ... first time poster.

[Deep breath]  I'm in for 2018!  In fact, the very beginning of 2018!

Insert the usual disclaimers about the election and ACA changes.  As long as there are affordable (and somewhat stable??) health care choices available, I'm in!

Our plan is
   (1) Sell our house while the housing market in our area is very good.  Probably by mid 2017.
   (2) DH will pull the plug then, and move to our "retirement" home that we already own in a neighboring state. 
         Goodbye concrete!  Hello pine trees!
   (3) I will stay behind to finish 2017, mainly to provide benefits for our college / post college kiddos.  I'll stay with sister, friends, parents.
   (4) Sometime towards the end of 2017, give notice and prepare for Life NOT Working For The Man!

I've already got my Dr. Doom inspired lists going of things I want to do Post FIRE.  I am SOOOOO looking forward to it!

I am afraid that I am leaving the 2018 cohorts ... another victim of OLY!

Our plan outlined above worked... too well!?!  We put the house on the market March 30... had 4 offers well over asking price in the first 4 days.  We closed on one of those offers 3 weeks later!!?!  So DH gave notice, and he and the doggies have moved to our retirement home out of state.  I'm surfing guest rooms.  AND I've recently learned that there is a voluntary package being offered at work.

SO, June 30, 2017 is the new date.  I can't believe it.  I haven't said it out loud at work yet, as I have a large group of employees and we are working out the transition plan... but only 32 more working days!!!!?!

Woot. Come join me in the 2017 cohort! https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/target-fire-2017/1000/

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #336 on: May 16, 2017, 01:23:27 PM »
Congratulations WannaGoOutside.


 01/18  FIBy30
 01/18  PrePube
 01/18  Retire-Canada
 01/18  WannaGoOutside OLY, Moved to 2017 cohort
 01/18  Zinethstache
 01/18  MomCPA
 01/18  OzBeach
~02/18  PizzaSteve
~03/18  CherryLane
 03/18  Sofa King
 03/18  sol
 ~03/18  Gimesalot
 03/18  Badblackgirl
~03/18  Caoineag
 03/18  Clean Shaven
 03/18  JLTinVA
 04/18  Calvin
 04/18  DTaggart
 04/18  FernFree
 04/18  Gooki
~04/18  HappyMargo
 04/18  MandyM
~04/18  Mother Fussbudget
 04/18  NinetyFour
 04/18  ZiziPB
 04/18  LateStarter
 05/18  SwordGuy
 05/18  SwordGuy DW
 06/18  Cheddar Stacker
 06/18  Albireo13
 06/18  DavisGang90
~06/18  Pylortes
 06/18  CowboyAndIndian
 06/18  Omalley
 06/18  aperture
 06/18  randomgiraffe
 06/18  dbtx
 07/18  AussieGirl
~07/18  BackAndForth
 07/18  ChasesFish
~07/18  Freshwater
 08/18  SpreadsheetMan DW
 10/18  Happy
 10/18  Irishtache
 10/18  patches
 10/18  Fire1018
 11/18  DeSteeg
 11/18  Kris
 ??/18  brooklynguy
 12/18  yoda34
 12/18  EnjoyIt
 ??/18  Minnesota_mom
 ??/18  Michread
 ??/18  Blindsquirrel
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #337 on: May 19, 2017, 09:57:41 PM »
I'm vacationing with five friends and after my nth mojito shared that I won't be working this time next year, etc. Most knew my plans to retire "early", but I'd been careful in the past to be vague about timing, saying "by the time I'm 50".  So they were like "Wait, what? Did you change your plan?" (I'll be 43 this year) but seem supportive and happy for me, if a bit envious. I love these ladies!

These are the first real life people I've told the whole plan to. Others know I'm going back to school but either don't know I'm leaving my job or don't know I'm not planning to get another job after.

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« Reply #338 on: May 20, 2017, 09:42:55 AM »
I've found its terrifying to tell people in person.  No idea why, but just terrifying.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #339 on: May 22, 2017, 06:21:57 AM »
I've found its terrifying to tell people in person.  No idea why, but just terrifying.

I struggle with this as well. Sometimes its because I don't want to sound braggy to people that make a lot less than I do. And with my parents, I feel like they worry about my plans so although I've mentioned it to them in the past, I don't talk about it much. I was pleasantly surprised this last weekend though. I switched to part time hours last week (to cut down to 3 days/week) and told my dad and stepmom about it on Saturday. They were nothing but excited for me. I seem to remember that when I mentioned my plans to dad several months ago his response was a bewildered "why??" I guess my explanation (and promise of long weekend visits) was convincing.
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #340 on: May 24, 2017, 09:04:35 AM »
I've found its terrifying to tell people in person.  No idea why, but just terrifying.

I have told a few people that I am moving out of the country.  Everyone assumes that we will get new jobs and continue working there.  When I explain that we might do that, but probably not, people start thinking that we have a little bit of money saved but that eventually we'll need to work again. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #341 on: May 25, 2017, 08:17:43 AM »
I have not told anyone, though my DW was drinking with some of my co-workers and told them I was not long for my job.  I think the longer I do not tell anyone, the stronger will be the temptation to stay past my FIRE date.  FOUR MORE MONTHS would be a brand new BMW Adventure Bike (not that the DW would ever allow such a thing).  I am still 13 months out from departure, and I like the flexibility of not having told anyone my specific date.  If the stock market goes on sale, I might decide to stay and throw a little gasoline on the FIRE.

Best wishes to all, ap.

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« Reply #342 on: May 27, 2017, 01:53:27 AM »
May of '18.    Could be earlier, but stock options at work have always been in the equation, so I might as well stick it out.

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« Reply #343 on: May 27, 2017, 01:59:27 AM »
I see you are losing a few to OLY.

 DW and I are currently down for June 2019, but might bring it forward to June 2018. So maybe you'll gain a few from OLY too in these booming times.

Posting to follow for now, and we will decide at the end of this year whether to finish up next year or stock with the original plan.

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« Reply #344 on: May 27, 2017, 02:35:30 AM »
I am joining the FI/RE 2018. Planned date, Dec. 1st. 2018.

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« Reply #345 on: May 27, 2017, 10:37:53 AM »
As I enter my (hopefully) last 12 months of employment, I keep finding myself thinking "this is the last time I'll ever have to do X." Last annual proficiency test? Check! Last time I have to fill out annual regulatory disclosure form? Check! Last very awkward celebration of boss's birthday? Check!

This past week I just finished my second to last required training course, it was torturous. There were moments where I almost got up and walked out. My tolerance for bullshit is evaporating quickly.

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« Reply #346 on: May 27, 2017, 10:51:53 AM »
I keep finding myself thinking "this is the last time I'll ever have to do X."... My tolerance for bullshit is evaporating quickly.

I have been in the same boat for the last 6 months.  On Thursday, I hit our comfortable FIRE number.  I want a little more padding and I need to finance some projects around the house.  So I am going to stick it out for the rest of the year.  It is going to be a loooong 7 months.

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« Reply #347 on: May 27, 2017, 12:54:27 PM »
This summer should be the last time I have to study and take the Security+ exam.   

Thank God, because it's a near total waste of my time and money.

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« Reply #348 on: May 27, 2017, 04:05:13 PM »
As I enter my (hopefully) last 12 months of employment, I keep finding myself thinking "this is the last time I'll ever have to do X." Last annual proficiency test? Check! Last time I have to fill out annual regulatory disclosure form? Check! Last very awkward celebration of boss's birthday? Check!

This past week I just finished my second to last required training course, it was torturous. There were moments where I almost got up and walked out. My tolerance for bullshit is evaporating quickly.

I spend a lot of time imagining how I'll tell my asshole boss I'm leaving.  I've never burned a bridge before, but I feel like igniting a glorious conflagration during one of our morning meetings.   

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« Reply #349 on: May 27, 2017, 04:49:28 PM »
As I enter my (hopefully) last 12 months of employment, I keep finding myself thinking "this is the last time I'll ever have to do X." Last annual proficiency test? Check! Last time I have to fill out annual regulatory disclosure form? Check! Last very awkward celebration of boss's birthday? Check!

This past week I just finished my second to last required training course, it was torturous. There were moments where I almost got up and walked out. My tolerance for bullshit is evaporating quickly.

This!! I hit my one more year date in 2 weeks (well I take a 3 week vacation in 2 weeks then hit my OMY date). I am hoping to relish with great satisfaction the experience of doing mid-point evaluations for the last time, budget proposals for the last time, work Friday after Thanksgiving because my selfish partner will never work it for the last time... I am a lot cranky at work, and the bullshit has long since lost its luster. Still, it gives perspective to look afresh at the things that fill my days and realize that so much of what goes into a 'career' is really just showing up for someone else's shit show.  -ap