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Old 07-26-2013, 07:27 PM   #21
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #22
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I completely understand--money isn't everything. We just don't want you to get hurt in matters of the heart or the wallet.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:36 PM   #23
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Phil, if this works for you, that is great. But as much as you love your work, I would make sure I had something lined up before you quite. Is there work near your old town that you would find fulfilling? A short commute would be better than being miserable. At this point the pay is not as important as finding something you like. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:21 AM   #24
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Hello Phil- my opinion is along the same lines as Meadbh's.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #25
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Phil, if this works for you, that is great. But as much as you love your work, I would make sure I had something lined up before you quit. Is there work near your old town that you would find fulfilling? A short commute would be better than being miserable. At this point the pay is not as important as finding something you like. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

Hi,

As I mentioned in the original post, I am applying for a variety of lower-paying jobs in the old hometowwn and vacinity. In effect falling back on the Bachelor's degree in Biology I got before going to professional school.

Lower-paying is not the same as meaningless. From discussing the positions with the potential new employers, some of these positions really do seem to accomplish significant things.

Last year, I took my first new job in 16 years. In looking back on the move, I think that what makes a job good or bad in not the pay. It is the people you work with. If the people you work with are nice, and you get along well with them the job is great no matter what the pay is.

Of course, I am deep into FI territory. If I was not FI, I might see things the other way.

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Old 07-29-2013, 04:23 AM   #26
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I may have missed it in previous posts but you seem to limit yourself to only 2 towns in which to consider employment. Why would you want to go back to your old job? You left because there were better conditions, pay, etc. in your new job. Surely there must be hundreds of others places in the country that use your skills. It sounds to me that if there were other opportunities elswhere your SO would still be unwilling to move no matter where you would be located. It also sounds like you prefer staying in your comfort zone and are not the type to explore other opportunities whether work, location, or relationship. This is not meant to be critical just an observation.

Consider too if you return to take a lesser paying job and have to use your retirement money to make up the difference then it won't take long before you will no longer be FI and also won't be able to finance your SO and her parents. What then? You are allowing yourself to be limited in your choices which could result in a downward spiral financially and eventually in your relationship.

There are too many things going on here with too little information to offer any worth while recommendations. I hope you figure it all out.

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Old 07-30-2013, 07:05 AM   #27
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If you stopped sending checks would she still be your SO?
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