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Old 07-03-2019, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hi I'm Nate; Today Was My Last Day at Wo*rk and First Post

Hello everyone. Well today was it, the culmination of 35 years of work. Up until 2 months ago I never really considered retiring just shy of 59; here's how it happened.

For the first 25 years I wo*ked, I made little headway in terms of retirement savings and never really thought about retiring before age 65 until about 13 years ago. Around 2007 I received a small inheritance and had it managed by a for fee financial advisor and soon realized there had to be a better way to invest and upon searching, came across Bogleheads.org and fully embraced the "live beneath your means" way of life and never looked back. Soon my wife and I were maxing out our w*rk 401ks and getting Roth IRAs each year. Still never dawned upon me to attempt to retire before 62. Then, unfortunately, after a long illness last year my mother passed, leaving most of her sizeable estate to me, me being an only child. Around the same time my w*rk became unbearable in terms of quantity of work and the office relocated and I went from an office into a 6X6 cube. DW retired a couple of years earlier, and at her request, I really looked at what we had accumulated and ran the calculations. It became suddenly apparent that I no longer had to work! That was two months ago. Last month I gave 30 days notice and today was my last day on the job.

The month leading up to today generated a lot of inquiries at Wo*k as to how I did it, and several admissions from colleagues saying they were jealous or envious. There were a lot of rumors about how I "beat the system."

DW and I plan to sell our house and move away from the big city to a place with a lower cost of living and better quality of life.

Thanks for reading.

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Old 07-03-2019, 09:47 PM   #3
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:54 AM   #4
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:54 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your Mom. Great that she took care of you so that you can now do something you had never planned. Good luck!
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Congratulations Nate.. July 4th will be the first day of your independence !
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Up until 2 months ago I never really considered retiring just shy of 59; here's how it happened.

Around 2007 I received a small inheritance

Still never dawned upon me to attempt to retire before 62. Then, unfortunately, after a long illness last year my mother passed, leaving most of her sizeable estate to me

DW and I plan to sell our house and move away from the big city to a place with a lower cost of living and better quality of life.
Sorry about your mom.

Whenever anyone receives an inheritance, that's a good time to review your financial situation and reassess - particularly if the inheritance is substantial.

Good luck.
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Welcome Nate - great first post! You have a LOT to celebrate today, huh? Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
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