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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2150 on: March 25, 2019, 05:23:51 AM »
Talked to HR at work about my plan to retire July 3, and they told me "the paperwork is difficult" for a mid-semester retirement. So instead, they're going to pay me to do nothing until the end of August. Okay, twist my arm...

That is an interesting way to handle the issue.... 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2151 on: March 25, 2019, 05:42:46 AM »
@exit2019 -- are you still on track for wrapping up tomorrow?  Or did they make you an offer you couldn't refuse?

the offer is made and it may be that i can't refuse it.  I got the full paperwork today and I'm chewing it over.

Which way are you leaning @exit2019 ?  I remember you are in the HCOL Bay Area and had a lot on your plate (plenty of savings, but needed to sell your house, sort out insurance, etc.)   In your last post you said

"I'd give 75+% odds that they [employer] come back with a compelling counter and that against my psychological and physical health I'll stick around for it."

Sounds like you predicted your employer right.  But how have you been feeling this month?  Will this new job offer continue to cause you psychological and physical damage?
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2152 on: March 25, 2019, 06:25:40 AM »
Hey @Loren Ver -- your final week is here!!  Are you ready?  :)


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2153 on: March 25, 2019, 06:26:02 AM »
they're going to pay me to do nothing until the end of August.
doing nothing but do you still need to come in to the office everyday?
And what are the consequences if you don't. You'll get fired? I presume Gerard can just stay at home

I'm allowed to "work from home" any time I'm not teaching anyway, so I can do that. I'll still have some responsibilities even after I retire (some of my grad students won't be finished by my retirement date), so I'll be doing a few hours a week of actual work anyway.

So basically, I'll be doing exactly what I would have been doing if retired, but for pay.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2154 on: March 25, 2019, 07:28:12 AM »
Hey @Loren Ver -- your final week is here!!  Are you ready?  :)

LAST MONDAY!  This week is off to a rough start.  I was not feeling good this weekend, so today is still a little off.  But today is the last Monday I need to use an alarm clock for work!  DH got out of bed early to wish me a happy last Monday! 

I am ready to be done, but also anxious too.

And this Monday also feels like a normal work day. 

So strange!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2155 on: March 25, 2019, 09:23:05 AM »
@exit2019 -- are you still on track for wrapping up tomorrow?  Or did they make you an offer you couldn't refuse?

the offer is made and it may be that i can't refuse it.  I got the full paperwork today and I'm chewing it over.

Which way are you leaning @exit2019 ?  I remember you are in the HCOL Bay Area and had a lot on your plate (plenty of savings, but needed to sell your house, sort out insurance, etc.)   In your last post you said

"I'd give 75+% odds that they [employer] come back with a compelling counter and that against my psychological and physical  health I'll stick around for it."

Sounds like you predicted your employer right.  But how have you been feeling this month?  Will this new job offer continue to cause you psychological and physical damage?

@exit2019 unless you're working for The Mob, (we're not asking, so don't tell) as a FI person, how can anyone make an offer you can't refuse? If it is an ego stroke, then the offer itself is sufficient. If it causes damage to your health in any even slight ways, running the hell away is your best option.

Join the fight against OMY,OMM,OMWEEK. Only YOU can prevent them!




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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2156 on: March 25, 2019, 05:29:35 PM »
So basically, I'll be doing exactly what I would have been doing if retired, but for pay.

If I could find a job like that I'd NEVER retire, sounds like a sweet gig Gerard, congrats!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2157 on: March 25, 2019, 05:38:52 PM »
If it causes damage to your health in any even slight ways, running the hell away is your best option.

Words of wisdom! Run the hell away!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2158 on: March 25, 2019, 08:45:43 PM »
Join the fight against OMY,OMM,OMWEEK. Only YOU can prevent them!

hah.  I appreciate the sentiment. 

In a nutshell, the offer would add 10+% to my net worth over the next 12 months. I have been pretty clear with myself and my wife that I would have a serious problem walking away from something like that a second time (I walked away from a package of similar magnitude a few years ago and did not make up for it). 

That said, lots of things about it are tiresome (cliffs) and open (price used in modeling) and need negotiating, and since on most weekdays by evening I feel like complete dogshit, I haven't made the call yet.  If they don't fix the two issues, I will just walk, but if they do I will likely stay.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2159 on: March 26, 2019, 04:45:48 AM »

@exit2019 unless you're working for The Mob, (we're not asking, so don't tell) as a FI person, how can anyone

Join the fight against OMY,OMM,OMWEEK. Only YOU can prevent them!
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I'm only 8-11 days public, but I have to echo this sentiment.  The weight lifted off my shoulders is incredible.  Overcome the fear when you're ready and do it

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2160 on: March 26, 2019, 05:38:04 AM »
The weight lifted off my shoulders is incredible. 

So FIRE is agreeing with you @chasesfish ?  What's your favorite part?

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2161 on: March 26, 2019, 05:47:12 AM »
The weight lifted off my shoulders is incredible. 

So FIRE is agreeing with you @chasesfish ?  What's your favorite part?

So far its the little things.  I'm being paid through mid-April and "helping out" on a couple of deals I have going on.  The few hours a week I'm showing up at the office post-notice, its been the realization or ability to say "Its not my place to have an opinion" or "its your call".  The decision responsibility is not my own.

Yesterday was one of those "little thing" days.  Stopped by the office for two hours, was home before noon.  Went to Costco at 1:30 and it was this nice laid back place full of people not rushing around banging carts into each other.  Went to the nursery and planted a bunch of flowers trying to improve home appearance.  Standing outside at 3pm in 73 degree sunshine was one of those moments where I just thought "holy crap, this is more than just a vacation".

I'll still be 3-6 months before we're settled down.  The house coming soon sign went up yesterday, our full time job right now is prepping the house for sale and finding our new destination.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2162 on: March 26, 2019, 08:57:38 AM »
The weight lifted off my shoulders is incredible. 

So FIRE is agreeing with you @chasesfish ?  What's your favorite part?

So far its the little things.  I'm being paid through mid-April and "helping out" on a couple of deals I have going on.  The few hours a week I'm showing up at the office post-notice, its been the realization or ability to say "Its not my place to have an opinion" or "its your call".  The decision responsibility is not my own.

Yesterday was one of those "little thing" days.  Stopped by the office for two hours, was home before noon.  Went to Costco at 1:30 and it was this nice laid back place full of people not rushing around banging carts into each other.  Went to the nursery and planted a bunch of flowers trying to improve home appearance.  Standing outside at 3pm in 73 degree sunshine was one of those moments where I just thought "holy crap, this is more than just a vacation".

I'll still be 3-6 months before we're settled down.  The house coming soon sign went up yesterday, our full time job right now is prepping the house for sale and finding our new destination.

That sounds wonderful.  Ahhh!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2163 on: March 26, 2019, 09:05:23 AM »
Standing outside at 3pm in 73 degree sunshine was one of those moments where I just thought "holy crap, this is more than just a vacation".

I'll still be 3-6 months before we're settled down.  The house coming soon sign went up yesterday, our full time job right now is prepping the house for sale and finding our new destination.

That's fabulous @chasesfish!  Best of luck selling the house and with the move.  Sounds like you don't know yet where you might land?  How exciting.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2164 on: March 26, 2019, 10:59:57 AM »
The weight lifted off my shoulders is incredible. 

So FIRE is agreeing with you @chasesfish ?  What's your favorite part?

So far its the little things.  I'm being paid through mid-April and "helping out" on a couple of deals I have going on.  The few hours a week I'm showing up at the office post-notice, its been the realization or ability to say "Its not my place to have an opinion" or "its your call".  The decision responsibility is not my own.

Yesterday was one of those "little thing" days.  Stopped by the office for two hours, was home before noon.  Went to Costco at 1:30 and it was this nice laid back place full of people not rushing around banging carts into each other.  Went to the nursery and planted a bunch of flowers trying to improve home appearance.  Standing outside at 3pm in 73 degree sunshine was one of those moments where I just thought "holy crap, this is more than just a vacation".

I'll still be 3-6 months before we're settled down.  The house coming soon sign went up yesterday, our full time job right now is prepping the house for sale and finding our new destination.

That sounds wonderful.  Ahhh!

It sure does!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2165 on: March 26, 2019, 12:17:15 PM »
All the milestones are terrific, I continue to struggle with OMY or more specifically dropping out at the top'ish of the market.   Although, the market drop from September to December didn't really phase me, but upon reflection I am not sure if that is because I really was ok with it or because I had income coming in so who cares.

It's largely unavoidable I guess based on the fact that most retirees retire at high water marks (I think I read that somewhere on this forum), but it makes sense.

My demons of course.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2166 on: March 26, 2019, 05:32:56 PM »
Hi there, I'm an addition to the 2019 family. Planning to work through the end of the year, so my date is 12/31/19! I'll be 31 at the time.

I will not be transitioning to full retirement however. I have a OMY gene in me, and the middle ground will be some part time work. I can contract in my current field basically at my leisure, and the intention is work a few consecutive months each year and take the bulk of the year off. It still feels like early retirement to me, because I know that the contract work isn't actually necessary, and mainly the idea of quitting Full time employment is terrifying.

Part time work will be kept under income limits for expanded Medicaid - by my calculation we can earn $81k (plus dividends), and after contributing to IRAs and solo 401(k)s, still be under 138% FPL limit for full Medicaid subsidy!

My soon-to-be-wife and I will be traveling around the US in a self-converted camper van (conversion in process now). We'll stop that and move back whenever we get tired of it. During that time we'll be renting out our current residence, and also already have another property that's rented. About 60% of net worth is in taxable/pre-tax investments, remaining 40% is equity in properties.

Excluding the part-time work we are at a 2.5% withdrawal rate. We plan to have kids in the future and when I add a conservative estimate to our budget in 8 years for that plus some increased housing expense, we are at a 3.55% withdrawal rate. I'm still scared of the unknown!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2167 on: March 26, 2019, 06:28:52 PM »
Work is going downhill really quickly.  Retirement may be sooner than later.  Waiting for the bonus to hit the bank account on Friday and see what I feel like then.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2168 on: March 26, 2019, 08:29:19 PM »
Work is going downhill really quickly.  Retirement may be sooner than later.  Waiting for the bonus to hit the bank account on Friday and see what I feel like then.

If you can swing it, go for it! I've been retired a week and half, and it's great. :)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2169 on: March 27, 2019, 02:16:56 AM »
Hi there, I'm an addition to the 2019 family...

My soon-to-be-wife and I will be traveling around the US in a self-converted camper van (conversion in process now). We'll stop that and move back whenever we get tired of it.

Welcome Nifty! Sounds like you and your fiance have lots of fun in your future.

Work is going downhill really quickly.  Retirement may be sooner than later.  Waiting for the bonus to hit the bank account on Friday and see what I feel like then.

If you can swing it, go for it! I've been retired a week and half, and it's great. :)

Jojo, I'm sorry things are not going well at work. I agree with Half Stached, make the leap!

Half Stached, I'm glad you are enjoying FIRE and I can't wait to join you. My countdown calendar says 86 days now. I find myself fighting what I hope are irrational fears that something terrible will happen to prevent me from FIREing or that I will die before I can enjoy the freedom I'm so longing for.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2170 on: March 27, 2019, 03:58:37 AM »
Welcome @Nifty!  Your plans do sound fun.  Got you added for 12/31.

We have four folks on deck for next week -- @gerardc, @Ryder, @PowerStache, and @MissNancyPryor.  How are y'all doing?  Thrilled?  Freaking out?  ;)

Note:  JumboShrimp hasn't responded to my pms, so moving him to ?? until we hear back.     


2019 FIRE Cohort:

01/01/19     Bingeworker (52)        CONFIRMED
01/31/19     Trifele (51)                 CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Socmonkey (37)         CONFIRMED
02/01/19     August (54)                CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Keeks (42)                 CONFIRMED
02/01/19     TheShinyHorse           CONFIRMED   
02/13/19     SeanTash                   CONFIRMED
02/28/19     nowwhat? (56)           CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Half Stached  (47)      CONFIRMED
03/15/19     FireHazard                 CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Luck12  (41)              CONFIRMED       
03/18/19     chasesfish (36)           CONFIRMED
03/18/19     Cycling Stache (43)     CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)
03/??/19     exit2019  (40)
03/??/19     Edgema
03/??/19     JumboShrimp
04/01/19     Gerardc  (35)
04/01/19     Ryder (39)
04/04/19     PowerStache (43)
04/05/19     MissNancyPryor (50)   
04/19/19     Eric (42)
04/26/19     FIRE 20/20  (42)
05/15/19     MaybeBabyMustache                   
05/??/19     SamIAm38  (29)
05/31/19     Odiedog8590  (62)
05/31/19     Livingthedream55  (59)
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06/15/19     2Birds1Stone  (32)
06/21/19     Parizade  (62)
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06/??/19     Oldtoyota
07/??/19     powersuitrecall  (47)
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07/29/19     Lews Therin (29)
08/01/19     SugarMountain
08/31/19     Gerard
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09/??/19     dayzero
10/18/19     MoMan  (55)
10/??/19     VoteCthulu  (39)
10/??/19     Trix76  (43)
10/??/19     Dreamer
12/??/19     HBFI  (38)
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getoutsoon (52)
IPlawyer
MustacheAnxiety
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BlindSquirrel
I'm Fred (51)
JoJo (45)

OMY/2MY/Etc:
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Roboturner  (30)
Bateaux (51)
Linda_Norway (45)
CryingInThePool  (44)
Albireo13  (61)
Cookie78
Enigma

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MoneyStacher  (50)         OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
PhilB  (52)                      OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/24/18
sui generis  (41)              OLY -- CONFIRMED 8/17/18
TartanTallulah  (55)          OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/2018
cerat0n1a                       OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018 
Chairman                        OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
Bognish (43)                   OLY -- CONFIRMED 11/16/18
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2171 on: March 27, 2019, 04:55:54 AM »

My soon-to-be-wife and I will be traveling around the US in a self-converted camper van (conversion in process now).


Ohh.  Welcome!!  DH and I are slowly converting a 2002 Chevy Express.  We are taking it on route 66 starting April 1.  Glad to see another converter on the list.  What is your van of choice?

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2172 on: March 27, 2019, 09:49:51 AM »
Ohh.  Welcome!!  DH and I are slowly converting a 2002 Chevy Express.  We are taking it on route 66 starting April 1.  Glad to see another converter on the list.  What is your van of choice?

We are in a 2017 Transit High Roof Extended. Decided on the biggest since it's two of us and we'll be living in it full time. Just finished installing the propane heater and stove/oven. Next week taking it on a week long trip to Utah for rock climbing!

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« Reply #2173 on: March 27, 2019, 04:02:00 PM »
I am at SEVEN working days left!  It is a wonderfully strange feeling to report to work everyday and do the "normal" activities knowing they won't be normal for much longer.  I purposely made an outside appointment for 3 pm on my last day of work to ensure I say my good bye and get out.  It will be bittersweet to leave, but I am so looking forward to taking better care of my self, my family and my garden.

We have plans made for two vacations for the summer...one to Seattle and one to Jamaica. Looking forward to doing more outside fun with the kids this summer.  Biking, hiking, tennis, basketball, etc.

Wrapping up my turnover documents.  Next week, all is left is to eat the celebratory cake!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2174 on: March 27, 2019, 05:18:39 PM »
My countdown calendar says 86 days now. I find myself fighting what I hope are irrational fears that something terrible will happen to prevent me from FIREing or that I will die before I can enjoy the freedom I'm so longing for.

I had those same fears @Parizade, and yes they were irrational and they vanished as soon as I FIREd.  You'll be ok my friend. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2175 on: March 27, 2019, 05:29:28 PM »
Welcome @Nifty!  Your plans do sound fun.  Got you added for 12/31.

We have four folks on deck for next week -- @gerardc, @Ryder, @PowerStache, and @MissNancyPryor.  How are y'all doing?  Thrilled?  Freaking out?  ;)


Last day at MegaCorpSucks is still 4/5.  Feeling incredible, so much peace. 

It is looking more like I will get to have some sort of gig at FormerCo though.  I have to ask if that makes me an early retirement wash out-  I quit my job without having any new offer.  I may work full-time for half the money at an easier gig for a while, maybe a year or two (maybe 3 weeks if it is just more corporate crap). 

So what shall we say is my status?

ETA- This idea of doing work at FormerCo has me also feeling kind of guilty about my current notice period.  I haven't told anyone that  I might continue work somewhere so the whole idea of retirement feels like I am lying to them.  Even though I am not, I get it that I am not because I had no job offer when I told them toodle-loo.  I am in my head on this when I shouldn't be at all.  I am my own retirement police I guess.  At minimum if I do anything for FormerCo it will be at least a month away so there will be time to unwind my knots a bit. 
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2176 on: March 27, 2019, 07:18:30 PM »
My countdown calendar says 86 days now. I find myself fighting what I hope are irrational fears that something terrible will happen to prevent me from FIREing or that I will die before I can enjoy the freedom I'm so longing for.

I had those same fears @Parizade, and yes they were irrational and they vanished as soon as I FIREd.  You'll be ok my friend.

THANK YOU Trifele

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2177 on: March 27, 2019, 07:26:57 PM »

So what shall we say is my status?

ETA- This idea of doing work at FormerCo has me also feeling kind of guilty about my current notice period.  I haven't told anyone that  I might continue work somewhere so the whole idea of retirement feels like I am lying to them.  Even though I am not, I get it that I am not because I had no job offer when I told them toodle-loo.  I am in my head on this when I shouldn't be at all.  I am my own retirement police I guess.  At minimum if I do anything for FormerCo it will be at least a month away so there will be time to unwind my knots a bit.

I think you can choose your own status.  The English language doesn't have common words that deal with FIREes, and the small-minded people of the IRP will jump on you whatever you choose.  However, I would suggest SWAMI for your status.  It's from this old MMM post, and means Satisfied Working Advanced Mustachian Individual.  If you read the post it sounds like it might describe you pretty well:

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/30/weekend-edition-retire-in-your-mind-even-if-you-love-your-job/

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2178 on: March 27, 2019, 07:35:21 PM »
I forgot about SWAMI.  Maybe that will be me.  I still graduated as a FIRE but might go to summer school!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2179 on: March 28, 2019, 05:08:28 AM »
Ohh.  Welcome!!  DH and I are slowly converting a 2002 Chevy Express.  We are taking it on route 66 starting April 1.  Glad to see another converter on the list.  What is your van of choice?

We are in a 2017 Transit High Roof Extended. Decided on the biggest since it's two of us and we'll be living in it full time. Just finished installing the propane heater and stove/oven. Next week taking it on a week long trip to Utah for rock climbing!

Nice!!  Have a blast!!

@MissNancyPryor I am glad things are falling into place for you and I am glad you have some time to let the knots untie. 

@PowerStache That's exciting.  Those last days go fast.

DH and I are so close.  It is starting to really feel real.  News is spreading fast.  I am getting a mix of reactions, most being happy for me but kind envious.  I tailor my responses based on who I am talking too. 

Yesterday was a goodbye bar visit for a coworker that is being retired.  He isn't ready to go yet, so the event was bittersweet.  He is very good at what he does and has liked doing it for 30 years, but didn't want to relocate.  It is strange to celebrate when others are mourning.  I know you had a similar ending @Trifele.  Luckily I am not the one that has to let them go.

LV 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2180 on: March 29, 2019, 04:54:29 AM »
Two in a row!

Anyway, it is FRIDAY.  I am oscillating between being excited and not really feeling like it is real. 

I am turning my computer in at 9ish.  Going to my co-worker party at 930.  Then going out to lunch with work friends.  Then not coming back!!

Whee!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2181 on: March 29, 2019, 05:49:30 AM »
Two in a row!

Anyway, it is FRIDAY.  I am oscillating between being excited and not really feeling like it is real. 

I am turning my computer in at 9ish.  Going to my co-worker party at 930.  Then going out to lunch with work friends.  Then not coming back!!

Whee!

Congratulations Loren, I'm so happy for you! Enjoy your last day and your forever weekend!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2182 on: March 29, 2019, 06:07:01 AM »
Anyway, it is FRIDAY.  I am oscillating between being excited and not really feeling like it is real. 

I am turning my computer in at 9ish.  Going to my co-worker party at 930.  Then going out to lunch with work friends.  Then not coming back!!

Whee!

YASSSSSSS!!!!   Congrats @Loren Ver !

                                       

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2183 on: March 29, 2019, 08:09:03 AM »
Two in a row!

Anyway, it is FRIDAY.  I am oscillating between being excited and not really feeling like it is real. 

I am turning my computer in at 9ish.  Going to my co-worker party at 930.  Then going out to lunch with work friends.  Then not coming back!!

Whee!

Congratulations!  You've earned this and only get to do it once - enjoy it and remember the feeling!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2184 on: March 29, 2019, 08:26:18 AM »
60 Work days left. 4 calendar months left!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2185 on: March 29, 2019, 09:37:31 AM »
Bonus hit my bank account yesterday.  What to do, what to do. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2186 on: March 29, 2019, 10:46:07 AM »
Congratulations to those in this group that recently pulled the plug or are on the precipice of doing so!! 

Its been awhile since I've posted an update, but I've been extremely busy.   Since the fall/winter, work has not been going well and I've grown increasingly unhappy/stressed.  I got a new manager last year who wants to add a lot to my plate without taking anything away.   As my priorities have been changed, the tasks I spent my first 11 years or so here doing (and I feel I'm needed for) have been relegated to the back burner and this has caused some problems and increased my stress level.

I've been planning to pull the plug in late June, but I may need to look at pushing it forward for my sanity.   I had just a few financial goals that I wanted to accomplish in 2019 before I pulled the plug- with the biggest being to fully fund my 401k for the year.  I've been making good progress there and would be on track to do so by mid June, but if I leave earlier I may not get there (I could come close).  To add some complexity to the situation, I'm the only one in my company with a license to perform my specific role in my state and our contract with our client requires they employ a licensed person in the state.  My leaving would requiring unwinding a number of things with no replacement ready to pick up the tasks.  So I want to give somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 weeks notice.  However knowing the hiring process around here there's little chance a replacement would be found and in place even with 6 weeks so I won't be able to just smoothly transfer things over to someone else.   That's fine, I can leave regardless and just start running through a checklist of shut down items (If it takes longer for a replacement to be brought on board I could offer to come back to train them later- of course only for additional pay!).  I'm somewhat torn on moving up my date too much, I really don't want to screw my co-workers by leaving them suddenly and without the proper person on board to help them which could cause problems with our contract, but on the other hand I really want out of here to my freedom.

When I first committed to FIRE during 2019 my job was going relatively smoothly, I just was bored/tired and wanted a change from working so planned an exit.  Now the job is worse (at least in my mind).  I may have some senioritis- I know I'm leaving soon and I'm checking out and overwhelmed.  I need my freedom- and 80 something more days still seems like an eternity when you feel things are not going well and getting worse! 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2187 on: March 29, 2019, 11:51:47 AM »
Pylortes: Sounds like someone is going to become a well-paid consultant. You have all the leverage.... USE IT!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2188 on: March 29, 2019, 01:08:17 PM »
11 Weeks to go
49 work days left

Time has definitely slowed down, and I'm trying to savor it outside of work :)

@Pylortes, don't make that your problem. Quit with minimal notice and then come back on for some consulting 2 days a week at 3-4X your current hourly rate. @Lews Therin is on to something!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2189 on: March 29, 2019, 02:21:30 PM »
Thank you!!!  Love the dancers.

My now former co-workers were so nice to me (and DH) it was really sweet!

LV


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2190 on: March 29, 2019, 04:24:04 PM »
Congratulations to today's FIRE-ees @Loren Ver and Mr. Ver!   Love the new signature line.  Hope you have a fabulous time on the road with your van.  Please check in once in a while and let us know how it's going!


2019 FIRE Cohort:

01/01/19     Bingeworker (52)        CONFIRMED
01/31/19     Trifele (51)                 CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Socmonkey (37)         CONFIRMED
02/01/19     August (54)                CONFIRMED
02/01/19     Keeks (42)                 CONFIRMED
02/01/19     TheShinyHorse           CONFIRMED   
02/13/19     SeanTash                   CONFIRMED
02/28/19     nowwhat? (56)           CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Half Stached  (47)      CONFIRMED
03/15/19     FireHazard                 CONFIRMED
03/15/19     Luck12  (41)              CONFIRMED       
03/18/19     chasesfish (36)           CONFIRMED
03/18/19     Cycling Stache (43)     CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)            CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)                CONFIRMED
04/04/19     PowerStache (43)
04/05/19     MissNancyPryor (50)   
04/19/19     Eric (42)
04/26/19     FIRE 20/20  (42)
04/??/19     Ryder (39)
05/15/19     MaybeBabyMustache                   
05/??/19     SamIAm38  (29)
05/31/19     Odiedog8590  (62)
05/31/19     Livingthedream55  (59)
05/31/19     dude                              Date Confirmed
06/01/19     Prairie Stash
06/07/19     DreamFire
06/15/19     Okonomiyaki (49)
06/15/19     2Birds1Stone  (32)
06/21/19     Parizade  (62)
06/22/19     Waffles  (52)
06/30/19     Pylortes  (42)
06/??/19     Oldtoyota
07/??/19     Thedividebyzero  (45)
07/03/19     Miss Piggy
07/05/19     StoaX (58)
07/29/19     Lews Therin (29)
08/01/19     SugarMountain
08/31/19     Gerard
09/02/19     Cornbread OMalley  (42)  Date Confirmed
09/??/19     RetirementDreaming
09/??/19     dayzero
10/18/19     MoMan  (55)
10/??/19     VoteCthulu  (39)
10/??/19     Trix76  (43)
10/??/19     Dreamer
10/??/19     JumboShrimp
12/??/19     HBFI  (38)
12/??/19     luckyme13  (45)
12/19/19     Itchyfeet  (47)
12/27/19     moxie
12/31/19     texxan1  (47)
12/31/19     Nifty (31)

2019 Cohort with date TBD:
Lowerbills (40)
getoutsoon (52)
IPlawyer
MustacheAnxiety
forward
BlindSquirrel
I'm Fred (51)
JoJo (45)
Edgema
Gerardc  (35) On leave effective 4/19

OMY/2MY/Etc:
Freedomin5 (38)
Roboturner  (30)
Bateaux (51)
Linda_Norway (45)
CryingInThePool  (44)
Albireo13  (61)
Cookie78
Enigma
exit2019  (40)
powersuitrecall  (47)

OLY
markbike528cbx  (55)      OLY -- CONFIRMED 6/1/18; checking in as OP
MoneyStacher  (50)         OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
PhilB  (52)                      OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/24/18
sui generis  (41)              OLY -- CONFIRMED 8/17/18
TartanTallulah  (55)          OLY -- CONFIRMED 10/2018
cerat0n1a                       OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018 
Chairman                        OLY -- CONFIRMED 2018
Bognish (43)                   OLY -- CONFIRMED 11/16/18
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2191 on: March 30, 2019, 02:19:42 AM »
Congratulations to our recent plug-pullers.
@Pylortes as the others have said, you seem to have huge leverage.  You just need to decide what you want to do with it.  One route would be padding your stash by retiring with minimum notice and extorting some highly paid consultancy.  The opposite approach might be to use that leverage to minimise your stress rather than maximise your cash.  Is there a solution in there that works for everyone where you stay on the books part time for a while?  They get to keep the necessary certifications, you get to ease yourself into FIRE with a whole lot less stress.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2192 on: March 30, 2019, 06:06:31 AM »
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)            CONFIRMED
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)                CONFIRMED


Happy Dance!! 

DH and I plan on hitting the road Sunday, so my posting will be close to non-existent as we do not have smart phones.  Very excited. 

Anyway, there are quite a few people that are going out either in March ?? or early April, and I didn't want to miss a chance to say congrats to those that are about to pull the rip cord!!  GO Team GO!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2193 on: March 30, 2019, 11:16:02 AM »
Congratulations @Loren Ver! Enjoy your adventure!

My bonus was deposited Friday and the person offered to take my job accepted.  So just some turnover and a retirement celebration next week before I get to enjoy unemployment!

Looking forward to enjoying the spring days in the yard instead of in the office.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2194 on: March 30, 2019, 11:54:37 AM »
Looking forward to enjoying the spring days in the yard instead of in the office.

This is the quote of the day. 

Congrats on your imminent funemployment @PowerStache!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2195 on: March 30, 2019, 08:48:15 PM »
Afraid I am one more year .. and a few days.  4/10/2020.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2196 on: March 30, 2019, 09:00:35 PM »
These FIRE cohort's are great threads, the excitement of the ER's and the folks that 'can't refuse' a OMY offer.  It's all decisions from a position of power, being self-determined as opposed to blaming others and giving our future away mindlessly; regretfully.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2197 on: March 31, 2019, 04:49:20 AM »
Hi all and congrats to everyone here who have made the jump this year so far.  It's been fun to check in and see how everyone has been doing. 

I'm long overdue for an update, so here goes: Long story short, I'm going to OMY but for a reason that I never expected.  I'm starting to like my job (!).  What the heck, right?  The change started with me stepping outside of my comfort zone about 2 years ago, and led to a position that I love, where I get to help guide future tech at my agency.

The FIRE plan for our family was always to have me retire first (because I hated my job), then have DW work for several years afterwards (because she is awesome at & loves her job).  Adding one more year of work will help bring our family closer to FIRE sooner, and also allow me to explore my new role at work. 

It's funny though, part of "stepping outside my comfort zone" 2 years ago was walking away from a lucrative pager.  The journey to FIRE brought me to a place where I could make a decision based on happiness, not money.  I've got MMM / this forum to thank for that.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2198 on: March 31, 2019, 05:30:11 AM »
Thank you @PowerStache.  Enjoy your retirement party.  I really enjoyed mine.

@exit2019 Good luck with your OMY.  Come back if you change your mind.

@powersuitrecall That is fantastic.  As EscapeVelocity said, making the decisions from a place of power.  Now, if things change, you are in a position to react in a way that is optimum for your family.  Good job!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2199 on: March 31, 2019, 05:41:43 AM »
Well, 1Q of 2019 is in the books.  Goodbye @powersuitrecall and @exit2019; got you down for OMY -- List above updated.  Good luck with everything and feel free to come back anytime!

@edgema and @JumboShrimp -- you were down for March, but I shifted you to TBD til we hear back from you.

On deck for tomorrow we have @gerardc and @Ryder.  Last we heard from gerardc he was going on leave, but wasn't yet sure if it would be permanent/FIRE.  Ryder gave notice at the beginning of March for a target last day of April 1.  Are you two still on track?