10 Months, 3 weeks but who is counting!
It has been "roughly" 10 months and 3 weeks since I quit setting the alarm and thought I would provide an update on how it is going.
First, I was "laid off" due to an issue with new boss and his desire to cut costs. I was given a fair package as it goes, and at first was rather dispondent, not knowing what I would do,etc. but now I thank the idiot everyday for the gift. Was able to retire at 53 and enjoying every minute. Also as a side note, even though cost cutting was the order of the day, 3 people were hired to cover my territory, but one quit after only 2 weeks, another was fired after 9 months, so another great reason that I took the package when I did. The one that is left is saddled with two mortgages as he can't sell his house from local he relocated from. Can't imagine his stress level.
With this RE, went thru the same things most have as to first guilt, than what to do, running spreadsheets constantly (ok still do this about every three months) but listed below are some of the things that would have never happened without taking RE. I was raised by worry warts who always looked at the negative side, so that is the one thing that is still hanging with me, ie worry about if the dream can last
Rescued an 11 year old Beagle mix total our herd to 3
Stopped to watch a turtle lay eggs in our yard
Read about a three dozen books that never would have had time to do before
When the urge hits, stay up until 4 am and read, tinker, whatever
Never stress out on rushing to get things done on a weekend as everday is the weekend
My blood pressure was close to needing meds, no more
Paid down mortgage to about 35K on a 400K home as it will go to indexed rate after 5 years next month. Makes payment about $255/month
Planted two more trees on our acreage
The alarm has not been set since RE day
See old friends from work who are stressed out, and help them work plans for RE
Rescued many turtles on our drives around the area
Volunteer at local Food Bank (Am out going Board President)
Liquidating excess stuff on ebay. Extra cash goes to savings for now
Work on my old car
Sorted out stuff in attic for sale, donation
Re-Read the entire North and South trilogy and watch mini series (Got from Library so didn't cost a cent)
Worked out my tax model for next 3 years to insure that expense is captured
Taken two trips and didn't have to have the d**m cell phone or computer or worry about going back to the grind once trip was complete
Still have not thrown out all the work stuff, this might take a bit more time. What if I need it again? I know final liberation is there when it all goes to trash
Researching areas to potentially finally settle if we can get the right combination of water, property, house size and local with low expenses and tax base. We like where we are, but now can search and take all the time we need
Researched volunteering at local animal shelters and zoo
Watch baseball when my Cards are on, even the late ones from the west coast, who cares what time the game ends
And finally, it is amazing that it did take about 6 months to relax and not worry about "doing" something everyday. The time flys and there has been no issues filling it. Many more things I have not even gotten to yet.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience and always appreciate seeing how others are doing.