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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2200 on: March 31, 2019, 09:29:22 AM »
Well, looks like I might be a bit late to wish a big CONGRATULATIONS to @Loren Ver since you're on the road already, but I'm assuming you'll see this eventually.  Wooo!




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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2201 on: March 31, 2019, 09:46:42 AM »
Only three weeks left of work here.  I am kind of freaking out a bit, not really over quitting my job or retiring, but the fact that I haven't made much progress on getting rid of all of my possessions.  I'm working through 4/19 and then have to be fully moved out of my apartment by 4/30.  I'm now thinking I should've left myself more time.  It's amazing how much shit one can accumulate in a 550 sq ft apartment.  We shall see.  I think my current plan is to have a "Free or best offer" yard sale where I just pull everything out my front door and let people take whatever they want and possibly offer a donation if they so choose.  Could be an interesting social experiment.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2202 on: March 31, 2019, 10:10:07 AM »
Only three weeks left of work here.  I am kind of freaking out a bit, not really over quitting my job or retiring, but the fact that I haven't made much progress on getting rid of all of my possessions.  I'm working through 4/19 and then have to be fully moved out of my apartment by 4/30. 

Wow!  What are you planning to do after you FIRE @Eric ?  Are you going fully nomadic?  Cool.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2203 on: March 31, 2019, 10:43:58 AM »
Yep.  The plan is fully nomadic world travel for as long as it's fun.  My wife and I have managed to avoid kids, pets, and mortgages, so we're completely unencumbered (or will be once we clear out this apartment).  We're planning to start with only one backpack each and I'm pretty sure we're going to Thailand first, but haven't bought plane tickets yet. I have a bit of time for that though, as we're likely leaving sometime in late June after spending some time visiting family and friends prior to hitting the road full time.  Pretty exciting!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2204 on: March 31, 2019, 12:59:17 PM »

..big snip.....

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.

This is the happy side of FU money, let's call it FY,   Fuck Yes money. 

Still sad to lose you to OMY. You still have 3 quarters of 2019 to come back.

To ALL you OMY people, You still have 3 quarters of 2019 to come back!!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2205 on: March 31, 2019, 01:36:33 PM »

..big snip.....

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.

This is the happy side of FU money, let's call it FY,   Fuck Yes money. 

Still sad to lose you to OMY. You still have 3 quarters of 2019 to come back.

To ALL you OMY people, You still have 3 quarters of 2019 to come back!!!

Totally! 

"Fuck Yes money".  I love it.  The perfect answer to the hypothetical question "Don't like your job eh ...  what are you going to do? Retire?!?!?"


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2206 on: April 01, 2019, 07:44:27 AM »
Only three weeks left of work here.  I am kind of freaking out a bit, not really over quitting my job or retiring, but the fact that I haven't made much progress on getting rid of all of my possessions.  I'm working through 4/19 and then have to be fully moved out of my apartment by 4/30.  I'm now thinking I should've left myself more time.  It's amazing how much shit one can accumulate in a 550 sq ft apartment.  We shall see.  I think my current plan is to have a "Free or best offer" yard sale where I just pull everything out my front door and let people take whatever they want and possibly offer a donation if they so choose.  Could be an interesting social experiment.

Or perhaps have a traditional yard sale for the first four hours but advertise that everything will be free after a certain time.  Otherwise I bet that everyone will want everything for free from the get go.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2207 on: April 01, 2019, 09:52:08 AM »
Only three weeks left of work here.  I am kind of freaking out a bit, not really over quitting my job or retiring, but the fact that I haven't made much progress on getting rid of all of my possessions.  I'm working through 4/19 and then have to be fully moved out of my apartment by 4/30.  I'm now thinking I should've left myself more time.  It's amazing how much shit one can accumulate in a 550 sq ft apartment.  We shall see.  I think my current plan is to have a "Free or best offer" yard sale where I just pull everything out my front door and let people take whatever they want and possibly offer a donation if they so choose.  Could be an interesting social experiment.

Or perhaps have a traditional yard sale for the first four hours but advertise that everything will be free after a certain time.  Otherwise I bet that everyone will want everything for free from the get go.

I can just imagine a line of people waiting on the sidewalk until 1pm hits to then sprint in and grab anything they can like a Black Friday Door Buster sale or something.  lol

I'm mostly okay with free, because anything left means that I have to move it a lot further than right outside my front door.  It has to make it all the way to Goodwill or equivalent.  At this point, I just want to make sure that it gets gone.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2208 on: April 01, 2019, 04:29:26 PM »
Still sticking with the 2019 crew, but new Fire Date is early October. I let March come and go without giving notice and got put on a new project that was supposed to start today. I showed up this morning but the paperwork hadn't come through so they had to give me the day off. Took a nice long bike ride enjoying the cherry blossoms and fine weather on a Monday morning, good practice for being retired. Found it quite enjoyable!!

Original FIRE date was October 2018 when I took a month off. They wanted me back at work, so here I am. Pretty easy money and zero reason to get stressed, so why not? And to be honest, it has been harder to pull the plug and walk away than I anticipated (health insurance worries, last years poor market returns, etc.).

Planning another trip for this October/November of at least 6 weeks, it needs to be long enough that they won't give me the time off and I am forced to just quit. Do need to make sure all tickets and lodging are non-refundable so there will be significant cost for changing plans. No more OMY's!!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2209 on: April 01, 2019, 04:51:04 PM »
Still sticking with the 2019 crew . . . 
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No more OMY's!!!

Great to hear from you @JumboShrimp!   Glad you are sticking around with us. :)  Sometimes we can use that little extra push . . .

                                 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2210 on: April 02, 2019, 07:44:43 AM »
Handed my notice in an hour ago. Officially 30 days but likely to be just a few days which is normal in this industry. Officially retired! (or unemployed depending on your point of view).

Slightly non-mustachian plans in that we plan to buy a sail boat, take the kids out of school (8 and 7) and head off for an unspecified amount of time. Likely to be a minimum 15 months or so and then plan from there. We are being pretty conservative on the boat purchase (<5% of net worth) and we have income from our rental properties as well as planning to rent out our house while we are away so hopefully not a crazy plan financially. Long term dream so have to give it a go and was one of the reasons I did OMY. With luck our equities will grind higher in the background but shouldn't need to touch them while we are away. Secret plan is to retrain ourselves away from over consuming as we simply won't have the space to keep buying stuff on a boat. Other than the big stuff (houses / cars / holidays) we definitely are a fail on living a 'strict' mustachian life and only want to be mustachian-lite anyway!

Lots to do. Exciting times and a little scary. Woohoo.......

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2211 on: April 02, 2019, 08:05:09 AM »
Handed my notice in an hour ago. Officially 30 days but likely to be just a few days which is normal in this industry. Officially retired! (or unemployed depending on your point of view).

Slightly non-mustachian plans in that we plan to buy a sail boat, take the kids out of school (8 and 7) and head off for an unspecified amount of time. Likely to be a minimum 15 months or so and then plan from there. We are being pretty conservative on the boat purchase (<5% of net worth) and we have income from our rental properties as well as planning to rent out our house while we are away so hopefully not a crazy plan financially. Long term dream so have to give it a go and was one of the reasons I did OMY. With luck our equities will grind higher in the background but shouldn't need to touch them while we are away. Secret plan is to retrain ourselves away from over consuming as we simply won't have the space to keep buying stuff on a boat. Other than the big stuff (houses / cars / holidays) we definitely are a fail on living a 'strict' mustachian life and only want to be mustachian-lite anyway!

Lots to do. Exciting times and a little scary. Woohoo.......

Congrats on handing in your notice.

Know that a sailboat is a very expensive hobby... From what I have heard, one of the most expensive options for a hobby.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2212 on: April 02, 2019, 08:13:40 AM »
Handed my notice in an hour ago.

Hell YEAH @edgema!!!!   Congrats on taking the step.  I know you were right on the fence.  Let us know when your last day is and we'll get you posted as Confirmed!


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2213 on: April 02, 2019, 09:12:35 AM »
Well count me and my wife in. I have been wanting to retire for a couple years but couldn't convince my wife.
Finally about the middle of 2018 she started telling a few people our business was for sale.
 Then on Oct 10th Hurricane Michael hit us hard. Our business was totaled, our home had about $75k of damage, but we were able to live in it. We were officially retired after the hurricane, whether we wanted to or not.
 We had no insurance on the business, but very unlikely we could have sold it for even $100,000.
 The house insurance company has been very good to us, took care of everything.
 I was very happy to stop working and my wife is doing well, finding other ways to use her energy.
 I did a net worth* statement at the end of 2018 and again on March 31 2019, we are up $70k even after
paying all 3 months of our expenses. But this first quarter was spectacular in the market, I think VTI was up 14%!!
              Good luck to all of you!

* I never included the business in our net worth, so it was not a loss from my numbers.
 The business was a mom and pop niche, that took about 110 hours a week between the two of us.
Basically all we had was an income to sell, but no assets, so I never put a value on it.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2214 on: April 02, 2019, 09:29:03 AM »
So many exciting announcements! Congrats to @BTDretire , @edgema & @Loren Ver !!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2215 on: April 02, 2019, 09:43:11 AM »
Sailing is most definitely stupidly expensive as a hobby and if you walk past any marina you will see some of the most underutilized assets around. At least with the UK weather, owners might get 10 weekends a year maximum, particularly if they don't live close by and have a normal 9-5 job. We have a friend who lived 10 minutes from their boat but because of a rubbish UK summer only took it out 3 times one year. This is why we have never even considered owning one while working.

However, as a place to live, at least for a while, the maths changes. You are on hand to do the maintenance yourself and it is a 'tiny house' so you simply cannot fill it with nonsense belongings. You can make much of your own power (sails, solar, wind) and by definition bulk buy groceries and the like when you can. Like a car they depreciate, but we are buying a 15 year old boat so depreciation will not be a big issue as they are priced on condition and not age by that stage (GRP hulls will last >40 years). In the meantime you also get to rent your own house out as an income stream. 

Not going to claim it is the cheapest or fastest way to see the world, that is for sure, but we all have our own dreams.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2216 on: April 02, 2019, 09:53:05 AM »
Welcome @BTDretire!   Do you want to call yourself FIREd now then?

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2217 on: April 02, 2019, 10:10:00 AM »
Sailing is most definitely stupidly expensive as a hobby and if you walk past any marina you will see some of the most underutilized assets around. At least with the UK weather, owners might get 10 weekends a year maximum, particularly if they don't live close by and have a normal 9-5 job. We have a friend who lived 10 minutes from their boat but because of a rubbish UK summer only took it out 3 times one year. This is why we have never even considered owning one while working.

However, as a place to live, at least for a while, the maths changes. You are on hand to do the maintenance yourself and it is a 'tiny house' so you simply cannot fill it with nonsense belongings. You can make much of your own power (sails, solar, wind) and by definition bulk buy groceries and the like when you can. Like a car they depreciate, but we are buying a 15 year old boat so depreciation will not be a big issue as they are priced on condition and not age by that stage (GRP hulls will last >40 years). In the meantime you also get to rent your own house out as an income stream. 

Not going to claim it is the cheapest or fastest way to see the world, that is for sure, but we all have our own dreams.
They do always say that the two happiest days are the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it.  Here's hoping you get some wonderful days in between!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2218 on: April 02, 2019, 08:42:56 PM »
Yes, my leave is confirmed for 6 months. My manager convinced me to start in a few weeks, which is fine since I'll get one more vesting event ($40k) and I'm working very low hours atm. Then back next year for a few weeks to max out 401k, match, Roth, SS contribs, etc. (I'm still < 40 SS credits). I might not confirm again in this thread, but this is confirmed with HR.

So, won't be fully FIREd but a significant change unlike anything else I've ever done in my career. From then on, I'll be slowly crusing up to an eventual $1.5M or even $2M net worth, no pressure. Perhaps working stints of a few months at a time, perhaps reducing expenses in a LCOL country with side gigs unrelated to technology, or perhaps staying content where I am.

Maybe next year would be a better "official FIRE" for me, but it doesn't really matter anymore. I don't benefit much from those labels so I'd rather just take it as it comes. Main point is I'm FI and enjoying a ton of flexibility right now.

Best of luck to everyone.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2219 on: April 03, 2019, 12:26:36 AM »
Sailing is most definitely stupidly expensive as a hobby and if you walk past any marina you will see some of the most underutilized assets around. At least with the UK weather, owners might get 10 weekends a year maximum, particularly if they don't live close by and have a normal 9-5 job. We have a friend who lived 10 minutes from their boat but because of a rubbish UK summer only took it out 3 times one year. This is why we have never even considered owning one while working.

However, as a place to live, at least for a while, the maths changes. You are on hand to do the maintenance yourself and it is a 'tiny house' so you simply cannot fill it with nonsense belongings. You can make much of your own power (sails, solar, wind) and by definition bulk buy groceries and the like when you can. Like a car they depreciate, but we are buying a 15 year old boat so depreciation will not be a big issue as they are priced on condition and not age by that stage (GRP hulls will last >40 years). In the meantime you also get to rent your own house out as an income stream. 

Not going to claim it is the cheapest or fastest way to see the world, that is for sure, but we all have our own dreams.

A friend of mine lived on a sailboat for many years, with her SO. They had put a lot of their own hours into getting it in shape. She said is was a very good part of their lives. They still both worked when they lived on the boat. In the weekends, all the normal weekend people were around in the harbour and that was a bit stressful. On those days, they would just go sailing for the weekend, away from the harbour. By the time they came back, the weekend people were just leaving and that was a relieve. She said there was a very good atmosphere amongst the other people who lived on a boat.
Good luck.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2220 on: April 03, 2019, 04:17:10 AM »
Good luck with your leave @gerardc!  I think we have a couple other folks that are taking the path of a long leave to test the water.  Hope you have a good time and rest up.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2221 on: April 03, 2019, 01:37:35 PM »
I recently discovered this pre-fire checklist on the forum and found it helpful. If you haven't seen it already take a look
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/post-fire/pre-fire-checklist/

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2222 on: April 04, 2019, 12:50:32 AM »
Thanks for the reminder on the pre-fire checklist @Parizade -- good stuff there.

@PowerStache -- Is today the day?!?

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2223 on: April 04, 2019, 09:30:15 AM »
After yesterday's market close, my TSP account broke the $800k threshold for the first time. That was the goal I set for it by retirement, some 5-6 years ago. Pretty nice to see that part of the plan fall in line, even if only temporarily. I'm now 36 calendar days from my last day in the office (May 10; official retirement date is May 31), and factoring out weekends, sick days and vacation, only something like 15-18 work days left.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2224 on: April 04, 2019, 09:44:17 AM »
After yesterday's market close, my TSP account broke the $800k threshold for the first time. That was the goal I set for it by retirement, some 5-6 years ago. Pretty nice to see that part of the plan fall in line, even if only temporarily. I'm now 36 calendar days from my last day in the office (May 10; official retirement date is May 31), and factoring out weekends, sick days and vacation, only something like 15-18 work days left.

Your plan is coming together nicely.  15 days, that is awesome!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2225 on: April 04, 2019, 05:52:09 PM »
Yes @Trifele , today was the day!  Turned in the badge and computer.

Leaving is bittersweet as I have great co-workers.   But I am excited to de-stress and be free! Sitting here at my computer right now, still feels like a normal day home from work.  Very surreal.

Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers?  On social media or in person/verbal communication?  Going to be strange not having the "water cooler" type conversations anymore. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2226 on: April 04, 2019, 06:14:27 PM »
CONGRATULATIONS POWERSTACHE
I have great coworkers too, I'm not looking forward to missing them

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2227 on: April 05, 2019, 05:25:08 AM »
Congratulations @PowerStache!!!!     What are your FIRE plans?


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)         CONFIRMED
04/05/19     MissNancyPryor (50)     CONFIRMED SWAMI
04/06/19     Caroline PF                   CONFIRMED SEMI-FIRE
04/07/19     BTDRetire (64) 
04/19/19     Eric (42)
04/19/19     Gerardc  (35)
04/26/19     FIRE 20/20  (42)
04/??/19     Ryder (39)
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05/??/19     SamIAm38  (29)
05/31/19     Odiedog8590  (62)
05/31/19     Livingthedream55  (59)
05/31/19     dude                              Date Confirmed
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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
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IPlawyer
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Edgema

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Linda_Norway (45)
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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
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2228 on: April 05, 2019, 09:43:35 AM »
This is it!  Phone, badge, computer, travel credit card, parking pass, building keys all getting dropped off today.  Officially gone from MegaCorpSucks.  For fun I have been keeping track of how many trips they lined up for my role and have counted 4 now, (3 within the next month alone) that I will not be doing.  NO MORE CROSS COUNTRY TRAVEL.  Feels so good.   

I will be at FormerCo and will be a SWAMI for some undetermined period of time and am taking a few weeks off between gigs.  Won't carry a company phone.  No cross-country travel, maybe a regional hop now and again.  I negotiated a big front load of vacation time in my bank plus rapid accrual of additional time.  Peace be upon me. 

I am a hiccup in our CONFIRMED lineup.  It still feels like a huge victory to step away from the fire hose of cash and only to be working for a bit of mental stimulation and to possibly find a date.  I expect my bullshit meter will be set permanently to "intolerant" so I have no idea how long I will be hanging out.  Even with a much better culture than MegaCorp, it is still corporate life. 

The half-step from super high velocity work life to something simpler has to be good for me and I will concentrate on developing life outside the boundaries of work.  I think I will have clarity before long and will be ready to set a new RE date having already achieved FI.     

Please move me to SWAMI status. 

   

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« Reply #2229 on: April 05, 2019, 09:44:04 AM »
This is it!  Phone, badge, computer, travel credit card, parking pass, building keys all getting dropped off today.  Officially gone from MegaCorpSucks. 

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Please move me to SWAMI status. 

Woohoo!!!  Congrats @MissNancyPryor!  Got you confirmed above as SWAMI.  Badass move to give MegaCorpSucks the finger and move on -- on your own terms.  Nice. 

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« Reply #2230 on: April 05, 2019, 09:47:09 AM »
9/13 is my last day. 161 days left.

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« Reply #2231 on: April 05, 2019, 09:48:37 AM »
... only to be working for a bit of mental stimulation and to possibly find a date.

I guess the old stories about stewardesses are true.   And here I thought it was all Hollywood exaggeration!

I expect my bullshit meter will be set permanently to "intolerant" ...

Not sure how many offers for a date you'll get but it sounds like you'll be pretty picky about accepting them!   That's one way to put FU money to use.



All joking aside, congrats!!!!

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« Reply #2232 on: April 05, 2019, 10:29:57 AM »
I expect my bullshit meter will be set permanently to "intolerant" so I have no idea how long I will be hanging out.  Even with a much better culture than MegaCorp, it is still corporate life. 
Congratulations!
As to the bullshit, when they know you don't need the job it's amazing how many of the rules they decide don't have to apply to you after all once you smile and say you're not going to do x y or z.

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« Reply #2233 on: April 05, 2019, 10:42:53 AM »
The half-step from super high velocity work life to something simpler has to be good for me and I will concentrate on developing life outside the boundaries of work.  I think I will have clarity before long and will be ready to set a new RE date having already achieved FI.     

Please move me to SWAMI status.

Congratulations! Part of having fu money is being able to choose your own label or no label at all! Enjoy

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« Reply #2234 on: April 05, 2019, 10:59:37 AM »
Woah, as the list of "Confirmed" grows and gets closer and closer to your own name.........it's starting to feel real :)

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« Reply #2235 on: April 05, 2019, 11:23:35 AM »
Damn you 2b1s. 10 less than me. You win.

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« Reply #2236 on: April 05, 2019, 11:36:50 AM »
Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers?  On social media or in person/verbal communication?

Both. Had lunch every Wednesday with colleagues for 10+ years and have continued to do so about once a month. Some other people who've left over the years come occasionally too. We'd rarely talk shop even when we all worked together.

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« Reply #2237 on: April 05, 2019, 11:48:46 AM »
Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers? 

Yes, I'm meeting up for a beer with a largish group of former co-workers next week.  This'll be the first time, and I'm really curious what it will be like.

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« Reply #2238 on: April 05, 2019, 11:52:42 AM »
Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers? 

Yes, I'm meeting up for a beer with a largish group of former co-workers next week.  This'll be the first time, and I'm really curious what it will be like.

It can be a bit of an acquired taste, and will probably be slightly bitter to the untrained palate, but a good beer on a sunny day is tough to beat.  It's nice you're able to explore different drinks now that you're retired.  ;)

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« Reply #2239 on: April 05, 2019, 12:31:37 PM »
Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers? 

Yes, I'm meeting up for a beer with a largish group of former co-workers next week.  This'll be the first time, and I'm really curious what it will be like.

It can be a bit of an acquired taste, and will probably be slightly bitter to the untrained palate, but a good beer on a sunny day is tough to beat.  It's nice you're able to explore different drinks now that you're retired.  ;)

haha @Eric :)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2240 on: April 05, 2019, 12:52:57 PM »
Yes @Trifele , today was the day!  Turned in the badge and computer.

Leaving is bittersweet as I have great co-workers.   But I am excited to de-stress and be free! Sitting here at my computer right now, still feels like a normal day home from work.  Very surreal.

Anyone who has FIRE'd already keeping in touch with old co-workers?  On social media or in person/verbal communication?  Going to be strange not having the "water cooler" type conversations anymore.

Congratulations, Powerstache! Welcome to the other side. :)

Every Thursday I meet some of my ex-coworkers for lunch and we play cards. I then run errands for the afternoon, and play board games with them after they finish work. Last night was week three of this, and it is already settling into a routine, and they all seem to accept this as the new normal (though I still get an an occasional question about 'being a man of leisure').

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« Reply #2241 on: April 06, 2019, 04:18:07 AM »
My first day post-FIRE went by quickly...had a great meeting with a women's organization I am involved in, and a lunch out with my cousin and dinner with now former co-workers.

My next few months are focused on long overdue house and yard cleanup.  Establishing my routine with family as I plan on spending more time with my parents and in laws as well as exercising. Also, I have always went into work early so I have never been the one to help get the kids up and out of the house for school. 

Once we get to the summer, will be planning fun outings with my 11 year old and 14 year old.

Thanks for answering my question about co-workers.  Setting up a routine to hang out with the ones I really enjoy is a good idea.  I have been told I can come back for events like the Christmas party.  Still trying to decide if that will be the right thing to do.  Most folks used the word retired when I left, but it such a foreign concept to the general population when you're 43 that I don't know how my "person of leisure" status will be received.  Most felt much more comfortable with me becoming a SAHM.

So excited to start this new adventure in my life! 

I have never been in an online community before, but this has been great for me.  Love seeing our cohort CONFIRMED list grow!

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« Reply #2242 on: April 06, 2019, 08:03:30 AM »
I really enjoy reading these posts as they are very inspirational.  I hope to join this crew very soon.  Perhaps Monday.  I've been dealing with OMW syndrome for the past 3 weeks.  I think I finally have my head around this so Monday could be the day.  I've really been mentally checked out which makes it tough get anything done. 

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« Reply #2243 on: April 06, 2019, 06:01:18 PM »
I've been lurking for quite some time on this thread. I am loving hearing as people earn their freedom.

I feel like I belong with you guys. I'm not FIREing now, but I did just finish my last day of full-time work. As of next week, I will be part-time, working 24 hrs per week, with no intent of ever going back to full-time work. So semi-FIRE.

I chose not to completely FIRE for a couple of reasons: worry about what future healthcare will look like, wanting to try out the FIRE lifestyle before fully quitting, since my career is not tolerant of long breaks (would be hard to get back in if I needed to), and impatience to start the FIRE lifestyle now, even though I'm not FI yet.

My schedule will be working 48 hrs in 4 days, then having 10 days off. So I see a lot of camping trips, and trips to visit family this summer when the kids aren't in school. I'm so excited!

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« Reply #2244 on: April 06, 2019, 07:02:00 PM »
I really enjoy reading these posts as they are very inspirational.  I hope to join this crew very soon.  Perhaps Monday.  I've been dealing with OMW syndrome for the past 3 weeks.  I think I finally have my head around this so Monday could be the day.  I've really been mentally checked out which makes it tough get anything done.

OMWeek?   Eeeek!  Eject, Eject, Eject!   

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« Reply #2245 on: April 06, 2019, 07:06:09 PM »
I've been lurking for quite some time on this thread. I am loving hearing as people earn their freedom.

I feel like I belong with you guys. I'm not FIREing now, but I did just finish my last day of full-time work. As of next week, I will be part-time, working 24 hrs per week, with no intent of ever going back to full-time work. So semi-FIRE.

I chose not to completely FIRE for a couple of reasons: worry about what future healthcare will look like, wanting to try out the FIRE lifestyle before fully quitting, since my career is not tolerant of long breaks (would be hard to get back in if I needed to), and impatience to start the FIRE lifestyle now, even though I'm not FI yet.

My schedule will be working 48 hrs in 4 days, then having 10 days off. So I see a lot of camping trips, and trips to visit family this summer when the kids aren't in school. I'm so excited!

We are not the IRP, please add your name to the list as Semi-FIRE.   OMY's cannot be allowed to dissuade the true believers in FIRE.

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« Reply #2246 on: April 06, 2019, 07:17:23 PM »
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 since my career is not tolerant of long breaks (would be hard to get back in if I needed to), and impatience to start the FIRE lifestyle now, even though I'm not FI yet.

I wonder if the fear of not getting back into a career job is overblown?   

Is there any data on anyone who tried, but couldn't get back to the job?   
      a)knowing who is trying to get back in is difficult for most employees (who aren't HR personnel) to see.
      b)for those who are not "returning" to the same organization, it might not be obvious that they have been "out of the game" for a period.
      c) other categories may exist that I'm not mentioning.

In my case, I was never an ideal employee, and I'd likely be worse if I when back, but I'm pretty sure I could get my old job back (temporary, consultant basis).

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« Reply #2247 on: April 06, 2019, 07:31:43 PM »
I'm guessing based on the 4*12s that Caroline PF might be a nurse or something similar -- and if that is the case then licensure requirements may mean it makes more sense to keep working a reduced schedule rather than leaving the field entirely.

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« Reply #2248 on: April 06, 2019, 09:51:11 PM »
.... Snip.....
 since my career is not tolerant of long breaks (would be hard to get back in if I needed to), and impatience to start the FIRE lifestyle now, even though I'm not FI yet.

I wonder if the fear of not getting back into a career job is overblown?   

Is there any data on anyone who tried, but couldn't get back to the job?   
      a)knowing who is trying to get back in is difficult for most employees (who aren't HR personnel) to see.
      b)for those who are not "returning" to the same organization, it might not be obvious that they have been "out of the game" for a period.
      c) other categories may exist that I'm not mentioning.

In my case, I was never an ideal employee, and I'd likely be worse if I when back, but I'm pretty sure I could get my old job back (temporary, consultant basis).

I'm guessing based on the 4*12s that Caroline PF might be a nurse or something similar -- and if that is the case then licensure requirements may mean it makes more sense to keep working a reduced schedule rather than leaving the field entirely.

Yep, lhamo is right. I'm in medicine, and have to have credentials to practice at a hospital. In order to get credentialed, I have to show that I have done a certain number of cases in the past year.

It's not impossible to get back in, but you have to find a job that's willing to let you practice under supervision to get that number of cases, and most are very wary of people with long breaks, because possible causes include addiction or massive personality issues.

It's not uncommon for hospitals or licensure agencies to ask if you've ever in your career taken a break longer than 3 months, and if so, to explain why. It's a red flag to them.

And if I let my license lapse, it would add another whole layer of difficulties.

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« Reply #2249 on: April 07, 2019, 04:53:04 AM »
I feel like I belong with you guys.   

Welcome @Caroline PF!  Got you added.  Congratulations and enjoy the time!

ETA I think you may have some things in common with @Bingeworker, our first FIRE of the year -- healthcare field, maybe similar challenges . . . 
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