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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2050 on: March 14, 2019, 06:34:59 PM »
This is like watching a row of dominos falling, only I'm one of the dominos enviously waiting my turn.

I love this!  That would make a great signature, at least for a little while. 

While everyone at work already knows I'm retiring soon, I haven't given formal notice.  A few things need to sort themselves out first, but assuming they do I'm planning to give 5 weeks notice on March 25th .  I am a little jealous of people who expect to be walked out after giving notice, but that just doesn't happen where I work.  I don't think they'll make an exception for me.

Thanks Fire 20/20. I was jealous last year when older workers in another area were being offered early retirement packages in anticipation of impending layoffs. First time I ever wished for a layoff. For better or worse my department was growing like crazy so I knew I was stuck. It's still growing like crazy!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2051 on: March 14, 2019, 09:44:22 PM »
Looking more and more like it won't be 2019 for me.  Assignment in Paris is going well, a lot of freedom to be home with the family in Houston and then work and stay in the apartment in Paris when needed.  This will probably wrap up in July or August.  Collecting expat pay and Skymiles in the meantime, and I really do enjoy working with my French colleagues (learning the language, exploring the country), but there are also the Yellow Vest protests and I'll never be a local...  Anyway, the nail in the coffin on ER plans came this month with a generous Long Term Incentive award.  If I'm around in 2022, or get made redundant or basically anything other than quit, then I'm in for 75k x 1.5.  Even if I don't need the money, I wouldn't mind having control over dispensing it to charities.  I have had so much fun this year giving away more significant than usual amounts of money in the form of tips and charitable donations that folks did not expect, that I could tell really appreciated it.  I can see how great it would be to make it a full time job giving away money effectively.  I may not be at a Bill Gates level, but another 112.5k would be nice!  Here's to hoping work won't begin to suck in the next few years.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2052 on: March 15, 2019, 04:30:07 AM »
That sounds like a very cool job situation EscapeVelocity . . . Let us know if things head unexpectedly south and you decide to pull the plug.  In the meantime, enjoy!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2053 on: March 15, 2019, 07:53:13 AM »
@Half Stached

Is today the day? Congratulations!!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2054 on: March 15, 2019, 09:06:43 AM »
Looking more and more like it won't be 2019 for me.  Assignment in Paris is going well, a lot of freedom to be home with the family in Houston and then work and stay in the apartment in Paris when needed...
Sounds like a great situation. I'd probably stay for a bit as well, as long as you're having fun and there are no real downsides.

DH gave notice today.  Awkwardness ensued when his boss came to talk to him before he got the email and said "you seem pretty happy, are you leaving or something." :D
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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2055 on: March 15, 2019, 11:27:31 AM »
Thanks guys (gals?), I tried to be firm with myself to ER at 45 but canít help but wonder if Iím not just picking some arbitrary number.  I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it.  Iím still challenged by the work and getting larger perks.  Itís a little frustrating to get to this point later in life, my 20ís and 30ís were pretty miserable at work and for much less.  Got me to FI faster (and allowed my wife to become a SAHP some 13 years ago), but that was the only upside.  To those on the cusp of ER, cheers and congrats!  Iíll get there eventually

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2056 on: March 15, 2019, 11:39:52 AM »
Thanks guys (gals?), I tried to be firm with myself to ER at 45 but canít help but wonder if Iím not just picking some arbitrary number.  I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it.  Iím still challenged by the work and getting larger perks.  Itís a little frustrating to get to this point later in life, my 20ís and 30ís were pretty miserable at work and for much less.  Got me to FI faster (and allowed my wife to become a SAHP some 13 years ago), but that was the only upside.  To those on the cusp of ER, cheers and congrats!  Iíll get there eventually

You have to love life on your own terms.

Terminating a blossoming career is a big decision and you of course want to be sure that the alternative works for you and your family.


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2057 on: March 15, 2019, 11:57:24 AM »
...snip....I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it. ...snip....

This sounds like many OMY rationalizations.  Some may be true for some people.

I had a fun job, great coworkers, upper tier bosses, but I found myself at work, looking at the FIRE spreadsheet (and the MMM fora) and wondering if there wasn't a greener pasture out there.

There is....

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2058 on: March 15, 2019, 03:51:50 PM »
Only 14 more working days!  I am sitting here in my part of the world enjoying a 70+ degree spring day and am so ready to go.

@itchyfeet "You have to love life on your own terms. " - This is my new mantra!




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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2059 on: March 15, 2019, 04:00:41 PM »
...snip....I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it. ...snip....

This sounds like many OMY rationalizations.  Some may be true for some people.

I had a fun job, great coworkers, upper tier bosses, but I found myself at work, looking at the FIRE spreadsheet (and the MMM fora) and wondering if there wasn't a greener pasture out there.

There is....

+1. 112k for 3 years doesn't seem like much compared to the opportunity cost.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2060 on: March 15, 2019, 04:08:56 PM »
...snip....I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it. ...snip....

This sounds like many OMY rationalizations.  Some may be true for some people.

I had a fun job, great coworkers, upper tier bosses, but I found myself at work, looking at the FIRE spreadsheet (and the MMM fora) and wondering if there wasn't a greener pasture out there.

There is....

+1. 112k for 3 years doesn't seem like much compared to the opportunity cost.

He's getting paid to live in Paris.  Let's not shed any tears here.  lol

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2061 on: March 15, 2019, 06:26:55 PM »
Thanks guys (gals?), I tried to be firm with myself to ER at 45 but canít help but wonder if Iím not just picking some arbitrary number.  I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it.  Iím still challenged by the work and getting larger perks.

This is awesome.  I'm genuinely very happy for you that you're in this position (despite what's coming next, I really mean that!).  I do take issue with the framing of most folks who post about their wonderful retirement, however.  I'm not there yet (about 25 more working days!), but I have a great job that pays very well.  I have great management, excellent peers, and a fantastic team who works for me.  I think the work I've done throughout my career really matters, and I feel like I've made significant contributions.  However, I realize that the next year of my life is the youngest and probably the healthiest, most potential-filled year I have left on this planet.  I can't imagine *any* job that would give me as much happiness, fulfillment, or satisfaction as I'll be able to get from choosing the best possible thing to do with the next day/week/month/year.  When I ask myself - is this or any job the best possible use of my short time remaining on this planet?  Will my family and friends be thankful that I spent my time in this cubicle, this office, or this conference room instead of with them?  Will I look back on this business decision - no matter how great it is - with as much happiness as I will look back on any of a hundred other things I could do today?  I've posted a lot about how terrified I am of shutting off the firehose of money they're spraying at me, but even stronger than that terror is the knowledge that I have a limited time to do the things I want to do in life and *this year* could be the best or maybe even the only year I have left.  I'm not FIRE'ing because I "did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it", but because I don't believe this or any job is the best possible use of my life. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2062 on: March 15, 2019, 08:20:27 PM »
Thanks guys (gals?), I tried to be firm with myself to ER at 45 but canít help but wonder if Iím not just picking some arbitrary number.  I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it.  Iím still challenged by the work and getting larger perks.

This is awesome.  I'm genuinely very happy for you that you're in this position (despite what's coming next, I really mean that!).  I do take issue with the framing of most folks who post about their wonderful retirement, however.  I'm not there yet (about 25 more working days!), but I have a great job that pays very well.  I have great management, excellent peers, and a fantastic team who works for me.  I think the work I've done throughout my career really matters, and I feel like I've made significant contributions.  However, I realize that the next year of my life is the youngest and probably the healthiest, most potential-filled year I have left on this planet.  I can't imagine *any* job that would give me as much happiness, fulfillment, or satisfaction as I'll be able to get from choosing the best possible thing to do with the next day/week/month/year.  When I ask myself - is this or any job the best possible use of my short time remaining on this planet?  Will my family and friends be thankful that I spent my time in this cubicle, this office, or this conference room instead of with them?  Will I look back on this business decision - no matter how great it is - with as much happiness as I will look back on any of a hundred other things I could do today?  I've posted a lot about how terrified I am of shutting off the firehose of money they're spraying at me, but even stronger than that terror is the knowledge that I have a limited time to do the things I want to do in life and *this year* could be the best or maybe even the only year I have left.  I'm not FIRE'ing because I "did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it", but because I don't believe this or any job is the best possible use of my life.

Thanks FIRE 20/20:  far more stirring than my "greener pastures ".
But I will have to admit that being paid to work in France is cool, as I've done that, but getting home is much sweeter.  The relief of being "feet wet" leaving French airspace was so great (long, tough job).

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2063 on: March 15, 2019, 08:42:28 PM »
...snip....I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it. ...snip....

This sounds like many OMY rationalizations.  Some may be true for some people.

I had a fun job, great coworkers, upper tier bosses, but I found myself at work, looking at the FIRE spreadsheet (and the MMM fora) and wondering if there wasn't a greener pasture out there.

There is....

+1. 112k for 3 years doesn't seem like much compared to the opportunity cost.

Yeah, I'm not going to stick it out until 2022 just for the bonus, but it does make it easier.  I'm really on a roller coaster ride.  Once the Paris assignment wraps up, I'll still be on the project until 2022 and I enjoy the people I'm working with.  It's not easy to really get to know French people, especially if you don't speak the language.  But I want to ER early enough to still have a life.  Financial Samurai did an article on 45 being a great age to ER because you are still young enough to try a few new things but old enough to have enjoyed some peak earning and career progression.  I'll still be in a honeymoon phase when I get back to Houston and  through the end of 2019, so maybe I'll know what I want in 2020.  If I make it to 2021 though, then I'll probably hang in for 2022 - I'll be 48 years old and have one child in college.

Trying to have no regrets about this.  Honestly, even if I were to ER now, I'd really want to travel and it's tough to do with 2 kids in school.  My grand plan is to hit the road and see National Parks, with no real schedule or firm commitments.  Probably won't get to do that until the second child is in college.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2064 on: March 15, 2019, 08:52:11 PM »
I do take issue with the framing of most folks who post about their wonderful retirement, however. 

Sorry, it was just an opinion that I had, that I prefaced with 'I think'.  The next bit you talk about are also thoughts that I have -

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However, I realize that the next year of my life is the youngest and probably the healthiest, most potential-filled year I have left on this planet.  I can't imagine *any* job that would give me as much happiness, fulfillment, or satisfaction as I'll be able to get from choosing the best possible thing to do with the next day/week/month/year.  When I ask myself - is this or any job the best possible use of my short time remaining on this planet?  ...  I'm not FIRE'ing because I "did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it", but because I don't believe this or any job is the best possible use of my life.

Well said.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2065 on: March 15, 2019, 09:08:52 PM »
@Half Stached

Is today the day? Congratulations!!

Today is/was the day!

WOOOHOOO!

The whole week I've been running around with a giant smile on my face. Everyone at work found out I was leaving on Monday, and I received a ton of appreciation from everyone for the impact I've had on them and their projects. It was very gratifying. Today we had a small party at a local bar in the afternoon and a bunch of people came to say goodbye. Interestingly, I told everyone I was retiring, and no one really blinked. The worst reaction I got from anyone was simply bald jealousy (which I could totally empathize with). There was no real disbelief or malice, which it sounds like many other FIRErs had to deal with.

I have to admit... right now I feel really drained. I got home around 4pm, have been a lump for the past 4 hours, and I think I'm going to go to sleep early.

Thank you to everyone here - I wouldn't be in this position today without discovering MMM and these forums 4 years ago. There has been such great advice and support - this is a great community. I am extremely grateful!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2066 on: March 16, 2019, 06:39:42 AM »
@Half Stached Woohoo!!!

Yesterday was verbal notice day to boss, went really well.   EVP finds out Sunday and they get my letter Monday morning.

Guess is it'll be eight days or so worth of work before I'm free.  Should go public on Monday then it'll be fun.  Sticking with the term retirement!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2067 on: March 16, 2019, 06:56:32 AM »
Congratulations @Half Stached !!!!   :)

And congrats @chasesfish on giving notice.  Next week at work should be really interesting!  Let me know when you know your last day is and we'll get your date updated.


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2068 on: March 16, 2019, 07:02:09 AM »
I can't imagine *any* job that would give me as much happiness, fulfillment, or satisfaction as I'll be able to get from choosing the best possible thing to do with the next day/week/month/year.  When I ask myself - is this or any job the best possible use of my short time remaining on this planet?  Will my family and friends be thankful that I spent my time in this cubicle, this office, or this conference room instead of with them?  I'm not FIRE'ing because I "did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it", but because I don't believe this or any job is the best possible use of my life.

Very well said @FIRE 20/20.  My sentiments exactly.   

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« Reply #2069 on: March 16, 2019, 07:57:01 AM »

DH gave notice today.  Awkwardness ensued when his boss came to talk to him before he got the email and said "you seem pretty happy, are you leaving or something." :D
Haha.
"Now that you mention it... Sounds like a good idea!"

Ohh, that is good!!  You so clever!

@Half Stached Congrats.  Enjoy your well earned sleep!!

Thanks guys (gals?), I tried to be firm with myself to ER at 45 but canít help but wonder if Iím not just picking some arbitrary number.  I think most folks that post about the wonderful retirement lifestyle really did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it.  Iím still challenged by the work and getting larger perks.

This is awesome.  I'm genuinely very happy for you that you're in this position (despite what's coming next, I really mean that!).  I do take issue with the framing of most folks who post about their wonderful retirement, however.  I'm not there yet (about 25 more working days!), but I have a great job that pays very well.  I have great management, excellent peers, and a fantastic team who works for me.  I think the work I've done throughout my career really matters, and I feel like I've made significant contributions.  However, I realize that the next year of my life is the youngest and probably the healthiest, most potential-filled year I have left on this planet.  I can't imagine *any* job that would give me as much happiness, fulfillment, or satisfaction as I'll be able to get from choosing the best possible thing to do with the next day/week/month/year.  When I ask myself - is this or any job the best possible use of my short time remaining on this planet?  Will my family and friends be thankful that I spent my time in this cubicle, this office, or this conference room instead of with them?  Will I look back on this business decision - no matter how great it is - with as much happiness as I will look back on any of a hundred other things I could do today?  I've posted a lot about how terrified I am of shutting off the firehose of money they're spraying at me, but even stronger than that terror is the knowledge that I have a limited time to do the things I want to do in life and *this year* could be the best or maybe even the only year I have left.  I'm not FIRE'ing because I "did not enjoy going to work or no longer got anything new out of it", but because I don't believe this or any job is the best possible use of my life. 

Love this.  Thank you for putting my thoughts into such great words ;).  I too like my coworkers and job, but there is so much I can't do while sitting in an office.

@EscapeVelocity2020 , the opportunity sounds wonderful and one of the main tenets of this arena is you doing what is right for you, even if most of us are doing something else.  You are the one that needs to live that life, we just have opinions to share.  Enjoy it what ever it is!


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2070 on: March 16, 2019, 11:51:13 AM »
Many congratulations to all you 2019 FIREees! 

I never put myself in this cohort because deep down I didn't believe it would actually happen for me, I'm not sure why.   But there is no point in denying it any longer.  I gave 8 weeks notice to my employer in early November, but they didn't look for find a replacement until late January, so things dragged on longer than I had hoped.  I've been working part time training the the new person since that point, but things are now progressing along well to where I'm working just about 10 hours per week now.  They offered me a permanent part-time position working from home and making my own schedule at about 40-50 hours per month; and the insecure side of me couldn't turn it down.  No real regrets, though.  It will be enough to cover all of my normal costs of living without tapping into investments, except possibly for unexpected larger expenses.  So I will be FIRE at a SWR of 0% for now.

Yesterday was my husband's last day at his job, so I'm officially calling it.....we are FIRED!!!!!  Now it feels like the real thing.  Next week's weather forecast is looking like perfect spring weather, so we'll be hiking with our dogs, working in the yard, taking on our household to-do list, enjoying picnic lunches and laughing giddily at our wonderful good fortune.   We are so grateful to have been able to pull this off!  It is a fantastic feeling that I can't even describe, but I wish it for every one of you who can't quite yet pull the trigger.  It's more than worth every little sacrifice we made along the way.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2071 on: March 16, 2019, 05:34:56 PM »
Congrats @Firehazard!  Welcome to the happy club --got you added above.  :)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2072 on: March 16, 2019, 06:53:11 PM »
Woohoo @Firehazard   Congrats!!!!

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« Reply #2073 on: March 16, 2019, 08:29:27 PM »
Thanks you guys!!!!  And thank you for adding me to the cohort even though I haven't contributed along the way.  Glad to be on the list :)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2074 on: March 17, 2019, 04:33:58 AM »
I have climbed to 22.8x desired spending. Getting close now...

I was only at 21.6x desired spending at 31 December, so itís certainly been a productive 3 months.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2075 on: March 18, 2019, 06:15:44 AM »
Good luck today @Cycling Stache!  :) 

In other news, we're waiting to hear from @exit2019 whether he FIREd on Friday or decided to stick around at work a bit longer.

I heard from @albireo13 that he is now most likely OMYing to January of 2020, so I have moved him on the list.  Let us know if your plans change again and you decide to pull the plug sooner Albireo!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2076 on: March 18, 2019, 08:32:51 AM »
@Trifele - Thank you for continuing to stay up to date on the upcoming people in the cohort.

For those who have FIREd - I'd love to hear updates on how things are going!  If FIRE what you expected?  Are you struggling with boredom or are you still on a high from achieving something so monumental?


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2077 on: March 18, 2019, 09:55:38 AM »
Put me down as FIRED!!  Gave notice on Friday.  Funny thing is about 30 min before I gave notice I got reamed out over email by the bitch boss b/c I delegated something (of course I delegated b/c I'm not going to be around haha).   It was as if the FIRE gods gave me one last push (not that I needed the push).    I gotta say though other than the getting reamed out I'm going to miss the last few months where I did just the min amount of work, came into work once every 2-3 weeks, took care of so many personal things on work time b/c I just DGAF anymore. 

Also I'll be starting the Pacific Crest Trail in 15 days, so excited and also very nervous! 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2078 on: March 18, 2019, 10:29:24 AM »
Also I'll be starting the Pacific Crest Trail in 15 days, so excited and also very nervous!

That sounds like a great way to kick off retirement.  Congrats!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2079 on: March 18, 2019, 10:39:05 AM »
Put me down as FIRED!!  Gave notice on Friday.  Funny thing is about 30 min before I gave notice I got reamed out over email by the bitch boss b/c I delegated something (of course I delegated b/c I'm not going to be around haha).   It was as if the FIRE gods gave me one last push (not that I needed the push).    I gotta say though other than the getting reamed out I'm going to miss the last few months where I did just the min amount of work, came into work once every 2-3 weeks, took care of so many personal things on work time b/c I just DGAF anymore. 

Also I'll be starting the Pacific Crest Trail in 15 days, so excited and also very nervous!

Awesome - congrats!!!    What was boss' reaction to you giving notice?????????

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2080 on: March 18, 2019, 10:39:34 AM »
Congrats @Luck12 -- got you confirmed above.  That trimmed more than a month off your target date.  Enjoy the hike! 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2081 on: March 18, 2019, 11:00:49 AM »

Also I'll be starting the Pacific Crest Trail in 15 days, so excited and also very nervous!

Congrats and best wishes for the hike!  Do come back and let us know how it went!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2082 on: March 18, 2019, 11:27:17 AM »
Awesome - congrats!!!    What was boss' reaction to you giving notice?????????

"That's not 2 weeks notice".  I kid you not.  It was 13 days notice, worked out that way b/c of my permit date.  Then it was just a bunch of phony "that's unfortunate, but good for you" blah blah.   Her boss was way cool about it and knows and is pursuing FIRE too. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2083 on: March 18, 2019, 02:03:07 PM »
That's awesome! Are you blogging/vlogging your hike?? It's on our bucket list to do, and I've vicariously lived through dozens of people who documented the journey on youtube.

This one in particular should get you amped up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PleoqR7VjY

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2084 on: March 19, 2019, 05:10:05 AM »
WOO HOO @Luck12

That is wonderful.  Sorry it wasn't more pleasant, but you are DONE!

As I have been going around work, people are congratulating me and we are chatting.  Then yesterday, one of the managers whose people I do work for, offered me jobs.  She apparently thinks I have some great skill.  If I was unhappy due to my role she has a full time job in her group and would hire me.  I told her I was done sitting in an office for 40 hours, so she offered me part time (15-20 hours) working from home or in the office, doing what ever I wanted to do.  She said her group is willing to get creative (like I could work my non-travel months if I wanted to).

Oh man, that is pretty tempting.  DH and I are really really lean so some padding to reduce sequence of return risks is pretty nice. 

I told her I would think about it, but probably nothing until 2020, as I want to be retired first and have many trips to go on.

It was really nice to know someone values my skills enough to reach out and try to accommodate me. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2085 on: March 19, 2019, 05:34:24 AM »
..... she offered me part time (15-20 hours) working from home or in the office, doing what ever I wanted to do.  She said her group is willing to get creative (like I could work my non-travel months if I wanted to).

Oh man, that is pretty tempting.  DH and I are really really lean so some padding to reduce sequence of return risks is pretty nice. 

I told her I would think about it, but probably nothing until 2020, as I want to be retired first and have many trips to go on.

It was really nice to know someone values my skills enough to reach out and try to accommodate me.

That's great @Loren Ver -- congrats!  That speaks really well of how you're perceived at work.  There are some that may warn you not to do it, because it's the slippery slope to more full time work (looking at you Mark ;), but personally I'm a fan of small side gigs.  I've had one for almost 10 years -- for a former employer -- that takes about 5 hours per week from home.  It's fun and the income is nice, speaking as a skinny FIREee. 

Don't be surprised if job offers continue to come your way.  I think MMM said in one of his posts that FIREees are like catnip to working people -- irresistible.   

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2086 on: March 19, 2019, 07:24:13 AM »
Hey Nineteen-  What do you think of this?

And thanks-     

I just told my boss I am resigning.  Last day at MegaCorpSucks is April 5th.

I am talking to FormerCo today formally about possibly doing some work there.   

I am not sure if this makes me a 2019 success or possibly a flunky if I choose to take some job at FormerCo.  The fact that I quit my job without any other offer in hand feels like a victory.  The shackles are falling away. 

I know that if I do something for FormerCo I can quit at any time.  I can enjoy a job that doesn't come with a 24 hours a day ball and chain cell phone and ridiculous travel.  I don't have to be in charge of anyone.  Taking work at FormerCo might be a nice downshift into a final early retirement status while I get my head straight, a nice glide into FIRE instead of a sudden stop.  I can re-engage with life outside of work, have some social connection with people who do not report to me, and just breathe for a while.  I won't beat myself up for not being totally done and FIRE if I do spend some months at FormerCo unwinding the knots in my gut.  I will check my feelings on this more as I speak with them later today.

The talk with my youngish boss was interesting.  I pulled no punches and just told him I am an early retiree and I have decided I will do the same as I tell my staff that I am leaving.  I have decided there is no need to hide.  My boss said he has longed for early retirement but knows he is way, way off and his wife is not quite on board.  I may have inspired him to get after it.     

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2087 on: March 19, 2019, 07:37:47 AM »
..... she offered me part time (15-20 hours) working from home or in the office, doing what ever I wanted to do.  She said her group is willing to get creative (like I could work my non-travel months if I wanted to).

Oh man, that is pretty tempting.  DH and I are really really lean so some padding to reduce sequence of return risks is pretty nice. 

I told her I would think about it, but probably nothing until 2020, as I want to be retired first and have many trips to go on.

It was really nice to know someone values my skills enough to reach out and try to accommodate me.

That's great @Loren Ver -- congrats!  That speaks really well of how you're perceived at work.  There are some that may warn you not to do it, because it's the slippery slope to more full time work (looking at you Mark ;), but personally I'm a fan of small side gigs.  I've had one for almost 10 years -- for a former employer -- that takes about 5 hours per week from home.  It's fun and the income is nice, speaking as a skinny FIREee. 

Don't be surprised if job offers continue to come your way.  I think MMM said in one of his posts that FIREees are like catnip to working people -- irresistible.   
Depending on what type of travel you are planning, it could be well worth grabbing that opportunity with both hands.  If you can do the job from home, you can do it from anywhere that has an internet connection.  That isn't going to work if your plans are for things like hiking the PCT, but for travelling the world it could be ideal.  One full day and a few odd hours when you could do with a break from being a tourist anyway gets you your 15 hours.  The money lets you stay there twice as long and see a whole lot more.  If I didn't mind the work or find it particularly stressful that would suit me pretty well!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2088 on: March 19, 2019, 07:50:38 AM »
Hey Nineteen-  What do you think of this?

And thanks-     

I just told my boss I am resigning.  Last day at MegaCorpSucks is April 5th.

I am talking to FormerCo today formally about possibly doing some work there.   

I am not sure if this makes me a 2019 success or possibly a flunky if I choose to take some job at FormerCo.  The fact that I quit my job without any other offer in hand feels like a victory.  The shackles are falling away. 

I know that if I do something for FormerCo I can quit at any time.  I can enjoy a job that doesn't come with a 24 hours a day ball and chain cell phone and ridiculous travel.  I don't have to be in charge of anyone.  Taking work at FormerCo might be a nice downshift into a final early retirement status while I get my head straight, a nice glide into FIRE instead of a sudden stop.  I can re-engage with life outside of work, have some social connection with people who do not report to me, and just breathe for a while.  I won't beat myself up for not being totally done and FIRE if I do spend some months at FormerCo unwinding the knots in my gut.  I will check my feelings on this more as I speak with them later today.

The talk with my youngish boss was interesting.  I pulled no punches and just told him I am an early retiree and I have decided I will do the same as I tell my staff that I am leaving.  I have decided there is no need to hide.  My boss said he has longed for early retirement but knows he is way, way off and his wife is not quite on board.  I may have inspired him to get after it.   

Congrats, @MissNancyPryor.

My DH is also going to downsize from being a manager to just being a consultant in his field. The add for a replacement is currently being published and DH's Facebook friends are wondering that is happening to DH.

(Changed my username a little for privacy reasons)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2089 on: March 19, 2019, 08:35:39 AM »
Congrats on giving notice @MissNancyPryor.  You are a badass.  Got your date updated.

@chasesfish -- Is today the big day???

Waiting to hear from @exit2019 and @Cycling Stache as to whether they are done.

Exciting times!

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2090 on: March 19, 2019, 08:54:58 AM »
That's awesome! Are you blogging/vlogging your hike?? It's on our bucket list to do, and I've vicariously lived through dozens of people who documented the journey on youtube.

This one in particular should get you amped up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PleoqR7VjY

Definitely not blogging or any social media, I really appreciate all those who do that, very entertaining and informative, but I'm just way too lazy to do that and will have my hands full just hiking and resupplying, etc. 

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2091 on: March 19, 2019, 09:17:35 AM »
Yah @MissNancyPryor !!! 

Thank you @Trifele and @PhilB It is nice to have another option in my belt that doesn't require my decision right now. 

The catnip line made me actually laugh out loud and cover my mouth!  I had forgotten about that.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2092 on: March 19, 2019, 09:58:18 AM »
Its official as of yesterday.   Notice given, its been pretty epic with the word retirement emailed out to nearly 400 people in our division.  More to come on the crazy social experiment.   They didn't walk me out the door, my guess is I'm valuable for 5-7 days and they'll pay me for 30, including a bunch of "work remote" time.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2093 on: March 19, 2019, 10:19:37 AM »
Its official as of yesterday.   

Congrats @chasesfish !!

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     JumboShrimp
03/29/19     Loren Ver (36)
03/29/19     Mr. Ver (39)
03/??/19     exit2019  (40)
03/??/19     Edgema
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)
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     powersuitrecall  (47)
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     Cookie78
12/??/19     HBFI  (38)
12/??/19     luckyme13  (45)
12/19/19     Itchyfeet  (47)
12/27/19     moxie
12/31/19     texxan1  (47)

2019 Cohort with date TBD:
Lowerbills (40)
getoutsoon (52)
IPlawyer
MustacheAnxiety
forward
BlindSquirrel
I'm Fred (51)
JoJo (45)

OMY/2MY/Etc:
Freedomin5 (38)
Roboturner  (30)
Bateaux (51)
Linda_Norway (45)
CryingInThePool  (44)
Albireo13  (61)

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 #2094 on: March 19, 2019, 12:47:43 PM »
Wow, timely medical advice for the 2019 cohort - from 'Mayo Clinic' ;-D

[Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back]

Thanks Parizade! I love the Onion. I've already printed this article out which will be pinned to my cubicle wall the day I give notice.

I am also pinning down my last day: October 18. Just 29 weeks until I give notice. Feels so far away as we congratulate those who have already pulled the trigger, but the days are going fast and my Post-It countdown pad gets thinner every week.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2095 on: March 19, 2019, 02:22:45 PM »
Waiting to hear from @exit2019 and @Cycling Stache as to whether they are done.

CONFIRMED that 3/18/19 was my last day!  There was a little farewell breakfast and happy hour, and I got to talk to a bunch of people that I care about.  Also, after a bit of deliberation, I did tell people that I was retiring early, and I think a number of people found the idea kind of exciting, if also a total shock.

So today is the first day of the rest of my life! 

It was emotional, and as I was leaving, I realized what a big deal it is to leave a "good" job that is a career.  This may seem common in MMM world, but it is WAY outside the norm in real life.  I still can't believe that risk-averse me actually did it.

But two documents confirmed my decision.  The first was a packet listing my total annual compensation (salary and benefits) at $215,000.  That figure seemed ridiculously high to walk away from, and yet I realized that I didn't care about it at all.  Being some amount richer at the end of this year wasn't going to make me happier, and if I ever need money again, I can go out and make it.  The second document was a page of handwritten notes.  For the last couple years, every 3 months I've revisited the decision whether to FIRE and written down my thoughts about it.  In the last few entries I could see how unhappy I've been trying to keep working when I didn't have to any more.  That sealed the decision. 

OMY is a huge temptation, and I've been doing it the last year, but staying just to add inconsequential dollars to an already sufficient amount of money is pointless.  I wasn't unhappy at work because it was a bad job or because I was performing poorly.  I was unhappy because deep down I knew that I had enough money, and I didn't have a good reason to keep going to work each day.  While it was incredibly hard to make the decision to leave, once I made it, it's seemed like the easiest decision in the world because it's what I know to be true to myself.

So, I don't know what the rest of my life holds, but it starts today, and I'm excited about it!

tl/dr FIRE 3/18/19.  :)


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2096 on: March 19, 2019, 02:32:04 PM »

CONFIRMED that 3/18/19 was my last day! 

So today is the first day of the rest of my life! 


Congratulations and welcome to the FIRE side @Cycling Stache !!!


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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2097 on: March 19, 2019, 05:19:15 PM »
    You folks are giving me itchy feet and I am actively searching for some nuts. :)

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2098 on: March 19, 2019, 06:39:40 PM »
@Cycling Stache and I will always be tied together as same-date retirees.  (and that total comp statement does hit me)

Did you find the social interaction at work odd?

I've found the under 30 employees see me as inspirational.

The over 40 employees generally don't want to talk to me

The 30-40 all fall somewhere in between.

The boss decided to send this as a retirement announcement to 400+ people and word quickly spread in the company.  It...is...so....damn....awesome.   More posted on my journal (linked below), but its been unbelievable. 

I'm going to have to have some technology free time later this evening to get some good sleep.  I can't believe just how much fun this is.  Its exceeded all expectation.

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Re: 2019 fire cohort
« Reply #2099 on: March 19, 2019, 07:05:52 PM »
I talked with my manager about taking a 6 month leave starting next month. My rationale is that it keeps my foot in the door if I want to come back and keeps me officially employed. But I realized it is harder than I thought. There is some planning involved to reshuffle my projects elsewhere or put them on standby, hire new people, coordinate my return... it probably won't be that well received if I don't return after all. I do have 3-4 big projects in flight just half-way completed. He tried to push for 3 months instead, starting in 3-4 months from now. I probably should have given more notice. Now, if I threaten to quit (which I only alluded to) they might say yes. But I'm not sure if that's the most ethical thing to do, since that company always treated me extremely well. Maybe I should simply quit, or get a leave with a plan of finding a new team on my return, which might be simpler to organize. On the other hand, maybe he's just trying to negotiate. We're supposed to think about it. But my plans will come true either way. I'm just unsure if I should bother pursuing this leave or not. I could get rehired there or elsewhere if necessary instead.