Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Hello from central Kansas
Old 12-10-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Hello from central Kansas

Hi everyone,
I just joined here today with probably the same end goal as everyone else, to retire early. A bit about myself, I'm single, 44, no children. I've got a decent paying job (~125k/yr), ~300k in real estate (rentals), ~500k in 401k, and another 100k in various investments. Essentially, other then the primary house I live in, I'm debt free, including the rentals. My plans are to retire by 48, when I will have my current house paid off. I've also considered just downsizing and selling it to buy something smaller to accelerate my retirement plans. I've found sources for health insurance, and once I turn 55 I will be eligible for a small pension. To be quite honest, the only reason I've not left the corporate world to date is that I really don't know what I want to do after I "retire."

I can't see myself ever just sitting around for extended periods of time, and as my job was one that allowed me to travel extensively, I really don't have that bug either. Along the same lines, I can't see myself working 40+ hour weeks either, whether it be as my own boss or working for someone else. Does anyone have any suggestions on some things I might consider looking into? I realize that there are a multitude of volunteer opportunities out there, but something inside of me says, if I am going to spend x amount of hours on it, I'd like to get something for my time.
__________________

__________________
almostperfect is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-10-2007, 07:46 PM   #2
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,154
Welcome aboard. What is your current line of w*rk? Do you have skills transferable to something else that might be more enjoyable? What do you enjoy outside of the office?
__________________

__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2007, 09:38 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
citrine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 944
Welcome to the board almostperfect.....lot of great people and awesome advice around here.
I would suggest that you take some classes in subjects that might interest you at the local high schools/colleges to find out what you might like.
__________________
citrine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2007, 10:00 PM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
template's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 175
Welcome to the forums, almostperfect.

I don't have any suggestions for activities during your retirement. Heck, I have trouble sometimes finding something that interests me.
__________________
Retired in 2001 at age 49.
template is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 10:53 AM   #5
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 36
Great to meet you almostperfect...have you considered joining a local country club and doing some golfing? What about joining a rotary club or some sort of local organization?
__________________
layla17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Wow, everyone, thank you for the welcomes. I do so appreciate it

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gumby
Welcome aboard. What is your current line of w*rk? Do you have skills transferable to something else that might be more enjoyable? What do you enjoy outside of the office?
Hi Gumby,

I guess I did forget to mention that Wish I could forget it all that easily at times. I'm in aircraft engineering. That has been my life or so it seems for the past 22 years. The long hours and highly stressed environment have just gotten to me. I also seem to have forgotten to mention that I'm female. Guess I was just having a forgetful day.

I have always enjoyed music, having paid my way through college initially by playing professionally, alto saxophone. Although doing that kind of killed my enjoyment of performing music. I've also found that I'm pretty good at just about any type of handcraft. But perhaps the thing I've been the most successful at, outside of my current career has been real estate. Which surprised the heck out of me, because I go about it completely different from what all those so called experts say you "should" do. I don't just mean managing rentals, but I just adore finding an old Victorian type home, giving it new life and then locating other people who share my interest in it, that will live there. However, as I've found this can be an expensive hobby at times.

Quote:
Originally Posted by citrine
Welcome to the board almostperfect.....lot of great people and awesome advice around here.
I would suggest that you take some classes in subjects that might interest you at the local high schools/colleges to find out what you might like.
Hi citrine, and thank you.

I've already found many people to be very helpful and friendly. I think the class idea is a good one. It is something I've been toying with in my spare time as it stands now. I sure look kind of strange being the only 40+ individual in classes with 19 year olds though. But over the past few years, I've taken a lot of computer courses, creative writing courses, and business courses. One thing I may pursue though is automotive repair courses. I know many of those fixes are very easy, if you know what to fix. Hopefully I can learn to do that to at least be able if I *want* to fix my own vehicle. Another idea I've considered is substitute teaching. In my state, one only needs to hold a bachelor's degree in anything to qualify. It wouldn't be a steady thing, but it would allow me to pick and choose my work days to some extent.

Quote:
Originally Posted by template
Welcome to the forums, almostperfect.

I don't have any suggestions for activities during your retirement. Heck, I have trouble sometimes finding something that interests me.
Hi template, and thank you for the welcome.

Maybe we can stumble into some areas together then. Because I am definitely hoping to pick some of those very intelligent brains on here for starter ideas. One thing I've never been too shy about is asking others for ideas, and if I like them, stealing them and making them my own. Usually with a twist.


Quote:
Originally Posted by layla17
Great to meet you almostperfect...have you considered joining a local country club and doing some golfing? What about joining a rotary club or some sort of local organization?
Nice to meet you also layla

I've never considered golfing, to me that just sounds like a way of messing up a good walk. But I will take a hard look at some of the area's recreation centers, because the exercise would certainly do me good as well as make a fantastic way to meet more people and spend time. Off hand, learning judo or some other type activity sounds like it could be enjoyable. And of course, swimming is always great.
__________________
almostperfect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 02:45 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Purron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 5,584
Hi,

My family on my mother's side is from central Kansas - Hutchinson to be exact. I've spent a lot of time there are like the area. My Uncle Dan, who is retiring soon, has told us he intends to take up tornado chasing. Just a thought
__________________
Purron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 02:58 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Fireup2020's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,186
Quote:
Originally Posted by Purron View Post
Hi,

My family on my mother's side is from central Kansas - Hutchinson to be exact.
Hutchinson!? My ex-inlaws were from there...worked at the cosmosphere...


Welcome AlmostPerfect!
__________________
Make no mistake, my friend, it takes more than money to make men rich. - A. P. Gouthey
Fireup2020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 08:44 AM   #9
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Well, I'm not exactly in Hutchison, but just south of there, in Wichita. I do manage to get to Hutchison at least once a year. The Cosmosphere is an amazing place. Though, chances are though unless a person is from Kansas, they've never heard of it. Still any place that has the actual Apollo 13 command module deserves a lot more publicity than it has received! Why even their website ( Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center ) is worth checking out. They've a virtual tour on it for their newest exhibit.

Nice to meet everyone, and if any of you are ever in my area, let me know. Maybe we can meet up and do coffee or something.
__________________

__________________
almostperfect is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello from Central OH BigBob Hi, I am... 5 05-17-2007 10:51 AM
Iraq and the Kansas Tornado. You should be angry. We all should. newguy88 Other topics 16 05-08-2007 08:20 AM
Dorothy, We're Not In Kansas Anymore grumpy Other topics 79 11-15-2006 10:19 AM
This ain't Kansas Arif Other topics 13 06-14-2006 10:27 AM
Kansas to the Keys dory36 Life after FIRE 4 02-27-2004 03:03 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:03 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.