I gave my notice on 7/5/2016 and my last day was 8/5/2016. I am still a bit numb.
Although I had been looking forward to ER, the timing was sudden based on the actions of the SVP I reported to. I would have preferred to stay a while longer at a happy, fulfilling, high paying job, but that was not what the situation had become. Like they say, "One out of three ain't bad."
My co-workers showed much more affection than I was expecting. They held four going away events for me: cake, out to lunch, in-office brunch and in office luncheon. I will certainly miss some of them and feel bad leaving them to suffer with insufficient staff and abusive management.
Since I am still on weekend, my schedule has not yet changed. I suppose tomorrow will be my first day in the new life, but it will probably just seem like the first day of a short PTO break. I imagine it will not really hit me for a week or two.
My immediate plans are to catch up on the house cleaning I should have been doing but was not due to being emotionally drained from w*rk, scheduling one or two hours of walking per day, starting back up on a body-weigh exercise program (easy at first).
Although I have studied the theory and made a few spreadsheets, I have not been as thorough as most of you seem to be. It seems that there are so many assumed variables, any one of which a few percent one way or the other can drastically change the results.
I tried to estimate my expenses, but now that i have no income I plan to try to trim where I can and record everything I spend so I can get a new baseline. Previously, I lived below my means, but my salary was high enough that I could buy whatever I wanted (which did not include extravagant things) and not worry about keeping track.
My asset mix is very conservative, having dialed risk back quite a bit in the past couple of years. I plan to do some analysis and possibly adjust, but I can't help feeling that the stock market risk/reward ration is not that great right now. If it corrects, I would most likely increase my equity exposure. I suppose I could start averaging back in, which is what I imagine most of you would suggest.
Well, I will report back in a few weeks once the reality of the situation sinks in.