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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #50 on: August 10, 2017, 11:24:06 AM »
Wow, awesome update! As a fellow front ranger, I'm so happy to see that it has worked out for you thus far. I hope to be in a similar position in a few years.

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #51 on: August 10, 2017, 11:26:24 AM »
Really happy to hear your update.

Your situation is exactly the motivation I needed halfway through my boring cubicle workday.

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #52 on: August 10, 2017, 12:42:24 PM »
what kind of toilet paper to buy were sources of friction.

Toilet paper friction. The worst kind of friction?

Seriously though, way to go COTribe.  Inspiring as I slog my way through another day at the office!

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #53 on: August 10, 2017, 02:40:01 PM »
what kind of toilet paper to buy were sources of friction.

Toilet paper friction. The worst kind of friction?

Seriously though, way to go COTribe.  Inspiring as I slog my way through another day at the office!

Hopper, you joke, but aren't too far from the mark. I come home from Costco with a six-month supply of eco-friendly TP with recycled fiber content and caught hell because it was not super plush.  Said it was too "scratchy". 

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #54 on: August 10, 2017, 02:47:35 PM »
Hopper, you joke, but aren't too far from the mark. I come home from Costco with a six-month supply of eco-friendly TP with recycled fiber content and caught hell because it was not super plush.  Said it was too "scratchy".

Well the upside is you now have a 12 month supply of eco-friendly TP. ;)

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #55 on: August 10, 2017, 08:29:44 PM »
Hopper, you joke, but aren't too far from the mark. I come home from Costco with a six-month supply of eco-friendly TP with recycled fiber content and caught hell because it was not super plush.  Said it was too "scratchy".

Well the upside is you now have a 12 month supply of eco-friendly TP. ;)

Ha, we do have a bit of a his and hers situation going on.

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #56 on: August 10, 2017, 08:54:54 PM »
Have just read through this whole thread - what a great story arc! So happy to hear that you quit and began embracing all that life has to offer.

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #57 on: August 10, 2017, 09:24:22 PM »
Thanks for the kind words. This site helped inspire me to get serious about the possibility of FIRE about five years ago. Our journey is not complete, but sharing milestones and seeking support, knowledge and inspiration is why I visit this site regularly (though I seldom post). So far, things have worked out for the best, hope I can say the same in the years to come.

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2017, 08:05:23 AM »
Exciting, well done!  Please keep posting once in a while.   

I can't agree more with your statement:
"good fortune has played a role, but sometimes you really do need to take step back to go forward."

Cheers and all the best!

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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #59 on: March 18, 2018, 10:08:14 PM »
OP here. Figured I would post to this thread at the one year anniversary of quitting my job.  This will likely be my last update unless something significantly changes going forward from here. Here's a quick timeline of the past year:

Quit my 17-yr environmental consulting career in March 2017.
Wife was consulting part-time.
We were debt free at the time, but not quite yet FI.
After 3-months of consulting (self employed), my wife accepted a full-time position in August 2017.
She has since been promoted in Feb 2018 and really enjoys her work, manager, and company.

Our net worth has increased from roughly 1.4 mil to 1.7 mil since I quit. At this point, I think we have reached FI, but I have a new goal of 2.0 mil that would provide a significant cushion. Wife has no desire to quit, but its nice to know she doesn't have to work.

In November, after an extensive search with my real estate agent/investor friend and mentor, I purchased a rental townhouse that we promptly rented back to the seller.  In February, we had to find our first real tenants and clean/fix up the place a bit. It was a busy and somewhat stressful few weeks, but our new renters started March 1 and so far so good. This has been a good side hustle for me and I generally enjoy real estate as an investment and improving properties.

My concerns remain the same as many in the FIRE community.  Finding the money to put three kids through college, finding affordable and quality healthcare if we decide to go full FIRE, caring for aging parents, idiots with nukes, etc.

Long-term, I'd like to move the family back east (mid-Atlantic region), where wife and I are both from.  We've been very fortunate with the rapid increase in home values here in Denver/Boulder and I'd like to cash in those gains and find a nice rural home on some acreage with water. I grew up on the farm and would like my boys to have a chance to experience that lifestyle. In the process we should be able to free up an additional 200k-400k to invest.

If I had to sum up the past year, I'd admit there were growing pains as I assumed a new role. Being a SAHD is a full-time job, and I'm amazed by how tired I am at the end of the day. I also think being a SAHD is the ultimate in being "self-employed". My kingdom is small and humble, but I answer to no man (and one woman) and set my own course.  Life has changed in dozens of small ways that add up in big and meaningful ways. Too numerous to list, but tomorrow I'm headed up the mountain to ski. Not something I could do on a whim a year ago. Life is pretty good.

Good luck to all!


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Re: Should I Quit My Job?
« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2018, 12:29:30 AM »
Thanks for the update. I really, really hope it isn't your last one.
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