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Old 05-02-2014, 09:21 PM   #21
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Congratulations and enjoy your time. You being home more will make the time with your husband more valuable since you can enjoy that time vs doing chores and other things that working interfered with.
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:16 AM   #22
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Congratulations! I retired at 53 from my career job in 2006. I went back to work at a part-time low stress job in 03/10 and my DH retired in 05/10. I probably will stop working about a year from now, when I should have my 40 quarters of coverage. It will be nice to not have a schedule again!
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:09 AM   #23
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Congrats on your retirement! Regarding those who don't sleep well, just this last year I learned about melatonin - it seems that for some of us, our body start producing less and less - and I was down to about 4.5 hours a night, couldn't sleep more than that. Now, I tend to get 8 hours easily.

Doesn't do much at all for my wife, so it definitely doesn't work for everyone. Not trying to push a cure, just saying something that worked for me.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:43 AM   #24
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Congratulations, Dixie! And welcome to the forum.

May you find this season of life to be a "whole new world" of freedom, time for rediscovered hobbies, and leisure to enjoy friends and family.

And may this forum be as helpful and inspiring to you as it has been for so many of us.

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Very nice, congrats!
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:56 AM   #26
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #27
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Congratulations! I'm 53 as well, 54 this summer and my last day is the end of this month!

Like you, I often spring awake at 2 in the morning with stress-related work thoughts. That's why I'm "Looking4Ward" to a good night's sleep.

Let's follow each others progress.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:23 PM   #28
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Like I've seen others state, I began to feel my skills not keeping up, and no longer had the ambition to compete. I knew better things awaited me with retirement so close.
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Congrats Dixie! This describes a lot of the feelings i have, and likewise they are a big part of my decision to FIRE. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:08 PM   #29
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Well done. I guess you understood your retirement benefits from work well enough.
+1 Just what I was thinking

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Congrats to you! Please continue posting and tell us wannabees how your adjustment to fire is working out!
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:59 AM   #31
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Congrats! Funny, I now need less sleep in retirement...I just get excited about doing the things I want to do instead of the things I use to have to do. You will love it!
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Congratulations Dixie ! I'm looking forward to reading about your adapting to your new start !
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Congratulations, Dixie!!!!
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Congrats! You will love being ER'd. You will be so busy now, you couldn't find time to work, except doing what you want to do instead of what you have to do.
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