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Old 10-27-2012, 11:29 AM   #21
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Wow, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. A a 50/50 joint venture structure really makes it to hard to get anything done. I've not posted an update here until now because I've been fighting to keep the JV from falling apart. Every month it seems a new roadblock appears. It's been a roller coaster.

I've taken a total of maybe 3 days off in the past 6 or 7 months and I have no work life balance. My big 40th birthday came and went without much fanfare (no time).

The positive aspects are that I'm learning a lot and each obstacle I overcome gives me more confidence. I love the local team and living and working in Mexico has been the least of my problems.

My monthly expenses are only 2/3 what I spent before and for the first time I reached the crossover point for FI (assuming current expense and 4% WR). Firecalc today confirms a 98% success rate for FI in 2 years with my previous spending level.

I don't regret my decision one bit, at least today. Ask me tomorrow and I may have a different opinion.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:05 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update and congratulations for a job well done.

Very conservative with investments. Not ER'd yet, 48 years old. Please do not take anything I write or imply as legal, financial or medical advice directed to you. Contact your own financial advisor, healthcare provider, or attorney for financial, medical and legal advice.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:15 AM   #23
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Mexico is such a great country for its citizens. That is why the hikers I see, when asked say con destino a los Estados Unidos.
For me experiences are not good or bad, just different
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:17 AM   #24
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Yes, I really hope this can work out. I retired at age 41. About 2 years before retirement I started searching for expat opportunities within my company but they really were not available to me without more management experience. My company was *so* global that they had local people to do engineering in their target countries and engineering opportunities abroad were limited because cheaper engineers could be hired in those locations. So I settled for a lot of travel abroad. But relocating to Mexico (and a great place like Guadalajara to boot) for my last 3 years or so of working would have been my dream job for sure.

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