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True Confession: I Was A Yarn Addict
Old 05-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #81
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True Confession: I Was A Yarn Addict

In November 2007, I learned to knit, started buying a LOT of yarn and shoes—(OK they’re not related, but they’re what I've been buying in the past couple of years) , began sending more money to my relatives abroad and sending my nephew there to college. I basically gave up on my early-retirement (pipe?) dream, with the meltdown of the markets around that time and the realization that I don't make enough to save enough to retire early.

This past spring, I went on a trip to Italy with a girlfriend, my first time ever outside the US except for trips to visit my mom and my brother in the Philippines. It was my 50th-birthday gift to myself. It was a lovely time!

Now I’ve got to buckle down and get a grip on financial recording and planning and setting retirement goals again. I'm glad I did not stop trying to max my deferred comp contributions and the ROTH IRA contributions, but I did not really save beyond those in the last few years. I’d be happy now with just being able to retire at traditional retirement age; it's too late for me to ever ER. At least, the trip to Italy has shaken me free from yarn-buying. I have enough yarn to last a lifetime.

As I turn 50 this year, I find myself thinking more of death, how short life is. I have an urge to de-clutter, not that I have many "big" (valuable) possessions, but just to have a simpler life that’s more free from maintaining stuff.

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Old 05-16-2012, 04:57 AM   #82
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Not me, per se but I've tagged along on DHs. We got married when he was 30, quit our jobs to go sailing for a bit when he was 40 and he plans to quit working next year at 50 and take some time, as Ziggy mentioned, to think about what he might like to do next.

I think having the mental "space" to contemplate your past, present, and future is critical to your emotional well-being. An examined life and all that. It is important to me to give DH that space and time to do some navel-gazing.

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

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