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Old 02-26-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Yeah! ER nearly 2 years earlier than planned!

Hello Forum members!

I had planned to ER at end of 2014 but I've reached 3% WR and my company is doing a RIF and offering me a six-figure severance package so I am going to ER at end of next month. I kept hoping this would happen and kept my plan to ER to myself. I survived several rounds of layoffs but finally it's my turn and this has truly saved me from the potential of falling for the "one-more-year syndrome!"

I've known of this news for over 2 weeks now. Have been so happy! I kept pinching myself to make sure it's not just a dream and that I am going to wake up and find myself having to work for another 5 years before ER. Then I look at my packet. Read the severance payment and benefits (I am a CPA and am pretty decent with numbers) and YES, it is really happening! Now I feel ready to share this very happy news with ALL of YOU!!!

I am so thrilled. I explained this wonderful news to my dogs "Mommy is going to ER now instead of at end of next year" they just tilted their heads one way and then the other way but then I got to the part where I told them "we are going to take long walks around the lake everyday!" then they got it and started wagging their tails and broke into spontaneous running around in circles. What happy times we are living right now.

Thank you ALL for your encouragement since I've joined this Forum in 2009.

Yeah!!!!

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Going to have to change your ID! Congratulations!!!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #4
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Congratz! I'm just sitting and waiting for the same thing. We had a layoff at the end of January, and I didn't get tapped. But the rumor right now is that sales are still falling. Maybe another round later this year. I'm working on reducing my performance so they don't miss me this go around...
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Congrats to you and the dogs.
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Congrats Retire2014...oh..I mean, 2013!

p.s. Here I am typing this note as outside the snow is coming down (forecast calls for up to 6 inches). But, no biggy. I'm peacefully at home..since I'm retired!!
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Congrats on the earlier than expected retirement! I'm sure the pups will be glad to have you around much more. My current pup (just turned 10 yrs old) has not had to experience being left alone on weekdays since I adopted him after I retired, but I always felt bad about leaving my previous lab on his own for 10+ hours a day.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:51 PM   #10
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Wonderful news. What will you do all day?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:01 PM   #11
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Congrats and especially for getting to a place where an RIF with a severance package is a cause fo celebration not panic! Good things happen.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #12
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WOW>>>>!!!!!

You will LOVE being ER'd...and hopefully you will love the first few months, as I am (since Jan 4th last day of work but Feb 28 is actual retire date...)..

It is so nice and QUIET now....no rings, chirps, buzzes, pings, etc...and I LOVE IT....!!!

Congratulations....enjoy these moments as you approach this milestone...too often in life the important things blast right past us....Enjoy and savor how you're feeling right now...amd up to the minute you go.....!!!!!!!!
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Congratulations on your severance putting you over the top! I got a note from a former colleague who was RIFd last month and they were not in such a good position - would love to ER but can't financially swing it yet. Go out with a big smile!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:47 PM   #16
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That's awesome. I'm jealous...or is it envious?
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:48 PM   #17
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That's awesome. I'm jealous...or is it envious?
+1 on both counts; but, the OP made me smile much more than anything else I have read or heard today.

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Score!!!!

Nicely done, Retire2014. That was a very smart move to keep your cards close. I will be interested to know as to how you settle into your new life, please keep us posted.

Congratulations!
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:26 AM   #20
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They say that success is the result of Opportunity (luck) meeting Preparedness... you did your preparedness bit just right! Congratulations!!!
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