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Old 05-01-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Today is my first day of retirement!

So, yesterday I happily ended a long career in HR, mostly as a Benefits Manager. I decided to pull the plug because I just didn't like all the regulations and government monitoring taking over my field. 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. I had begun having stress 24/7, often waking me from a dead sleep. I'm 53, and DH who is a few years older, recently retired after 29 years as a police officer. He will be working a few more years at his second govt. career to earn an additional, smaller pension. He's pretty stressed too, and has done way more than his share over the years on the home front, so I plan to pick up a lot of that for him and get him to his retirement.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:05 PM   #4
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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I'm not going to miss getting up at 4:45 and working 12 hour days. But I know there'll be an adjustment period to having control over how I spend my time and how to slow it down. I'm guessing I can dig around and find previous discussions here.
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:19 PM   #6
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:46 PM   #7
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:42 PM   #9
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Congrats, Dixie! Keep us posted on how the transition to the good life goes...
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:05 PM   #10
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Good for you. I am aiming for middle of 2015 at age 53. Good luck with the adjustment.

Funny, I, too wake up due to job stress -- about 2 nights a week. I can't seem to shake it. I am hoping it disappears once I'm ER'ed.
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Well done. I guess you understood your retirement benefits from work well enough.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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Congrats! Take time and ease into your well deserved retirement.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:46 AM   #15
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I had begun having stress 24/7, often waking me from a dead sleep.
Congratulations!. I am right behind you. My plan is to quit this year after we send our DS to college. I go to bed and fall asleep around 11:00PM, but I often wake up around 4:00AM. It is 5 hours of sleep most days, plus some dozing off time later while watching TV.

I also wonder, is this because of anxiety of ER anticipation, or I am simply getting older (am 58)?
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Welcome and congratulations. Ease in to it and let the adjustment take place at its own pace.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:49 AM   #18
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Yippie!!! You made it! Congratulations!

Did your spouse not working change your retirement date in any way? I am retired and spouse has not and I wonder what the dynamics are that others experience in that situation.

Best wishes on your new season.
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Congrats! Were your co-workers shocked at you retiring so early?
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Congratulations on your new job, enjoying retirement!

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