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Old 07-31-2016, 07:03 PM   #21
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Speaking of politics, on behalf of the country, thanks for working a third of your year just to pay all of those taxes! (Sorry, just trying to motivate you :-)). It's amazing you have both a high household income and low expenses. Well done. I can understand the reluctance to quit because it sounds like your married life is focused on work, which is something you built over a long period and a lot to just chuck. We're kind of the same, though when I see your salaries, I wonder about our sanity for being that way.

What if you set a goal to go on a long vacation together to somewhere you really want to go and see how you do? Or, just keep OMYing until something changes and you "know." Congrats on your options.


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Old 07-31-2016, 07:09 PM   #22
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Yeah, pretty sweet!

One day you will "have enough" or get "pissed off" one too many times and then you'll know -
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Old 07-31-2016, 09:50 PM   #23
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In case of such a permanent stock market crash or natural disaster that wipes out all accounts:
WOuld your jobs still exist or pay?
Would you be able to buy anything worthwile with money?
In such worst case I'd rather have memories of some happy years.
You would still be better off than most others.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:04 PM   #24
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OK, I took a leap today. I gave my boss unofficial notice that I plan on leaving next year (probably around February). Only six months to go and I have quite a bit of vacation and comp time so it should hopefully go by quickly.
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Congratulations, geekygrrl! Enjoy thinking about what's next over the coming months and I see you've already joined the Class of 2017 - good for you!
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:55 PM   #26
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:56 PM   #27
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@geeky_grrl -

Did you achieve escape velocity? I'm in a similar compensation / age / portfolio situation, and am trying to gather success stories :^).
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Old 05-02-2017, 06:49 PM   #28
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My last day was in February. My SO succumbed to OMY though (he did have a lot more stock vesting this year than I did though so he had more incentive to stay another year). I'm hoping to convince him to leave next year so we can move someplace sunnier.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:12 AM   #30
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I'm hoping to convince him to leave next year so we can move someplace sunnier.
That's a valid reason for FIREing, even if you didn't dislike your job.
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Nice! I wish you the best in retirement.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:44 PM   #32
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Congratulations on your Retirement!

Maybe a couple of well planned vacations in locations you would be interested in moving to would move DH towards taking the leap
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The cost of candour?

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OK, I took a leap today. I gave my boss unofficial notice that I plan on leaving next year (probably around February).
What impact, if any, did the advance notice of your departure have upon your year-end bonus?

One hears anecdotes of people on their way out receiving lesser amounts. It probably shouldn't happen (bonuses are supposed to reflect past performance, rather than incentivizing potential future performance), but comp pools are finite and many managers prefer to allocate higher amounts to employees who are staying. Do you think that happened in your case?
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What impact, if any, did the advance notice of your departure have upon your year-end bonus?

One hears anecdotes of people on their way out receiving lesser amounts. It probably shouldn't happen (bonuses are supposed to reflect past performance, rather than incentivizing potential future performance), but comp pools are finite and many managers prefer to allocate higher amounts to employees who are staying. Do you think that happened in your case?
I don't think my bonus changed because of the notice (it was slightly higher than the year before). Bonuses are pretty formulaic at my old Megacorp - the base number is calculated from salary, job level, and performance ratings for the past year. The manager only had a few percent of the pool that was discretionary. I may have waited if bonuses were more discretionary. I did wait until the bonus check hit my bank account to give HR my formal notice.
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Thanks! That all makes sense. Good to hear that you were treated fairly.
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My last day was in February. My SO succumbed to OMY though (he did have a lot more stock vesting this year than I did though so he had more incentive to stay another year). I'm hoping to convince him to leave next year so we can move someplace sunnier.
Wonderful! Congratulations!!

Tell us, how have the first few months of early retirement been for you? Were they what you expected? What is better? What is worse?
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Well done, congratulations!
Now have fun and enjoy.
And help DH to enjoy his time off work.
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Wonderful! Congratulations!!

Tell us, how have the first few months of early retirement been for you? Were they what you expected? What is better? What is worse?
I've been loving it so far. I've been spending a lot of time walking, reading, and cooking. I'm eating healthier, getting more exercise, and sleeping way better. I haven't gotten as many projects done as I had envisioned but I'm not all that stressed about it. My house is just as messy as before though - I always blamed my poor housekeeping on lack of time but it turns out I just hate cleaning and there is always something else I'd rather do.

The only annoyance I've had is people trying to give me j*bs (paid or volunteer) but I'm pretty good at saying no so it hasn't been that bad.
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