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Old 04-28-2014, 08:50 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by jollystomper View Post
I'm fortunate to have a DW who has appreciated my financial efforts for her and our kids. She has seen so much of the opposite in her family and some of her close friends. Reaching FI has been a "shock" to her - in a good way. She has always enthusiastically shown her appreciation to me for it.

She really wants me to RE, and has pointed out that the benefits would include more time to "chase her around the house"...
Similar here, Jolly. My bride was NOT raised to be financially prudent by any means. But over the years she embraced LBYM (within reason) and is very supportive of financial planning and FIRE, even as her family puzzles as to why we don't live it up more. After all, as they often say, "you have the money, don't you?" We feel we have not missed out on anything we wanted to do, and are quite content to know that yes, we do have the money. And now that I'm about to FIRE at age 57, maybe they will get it. Naw, they won't...

She and I have talked a lot about life after FIRE, that there will be some adjustments, etc., and we are both looking forward to it!

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:20 AM   #22
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I'm still working but DH retired a few months ago. I am TOTALLY reaping the benefits - he's become obsessed with the food network and trying to recreate FABULOUS dishes. (We both enjoy cooking - but he's doing stuff we never had time for before.) He's taken on projects he always talked about (raised veggie gardens, etc.) And he's 100% in charge of kid logistics during the work day.

This has taken a huge stress off of me - and I'm finding myself more willing to slog it out another year. (Yep - OMY syndrome.)

I hope to join him in retirement early next spring.

As far as romance - his lower stress levels, and my lower stress levels now that I don't have to juggle as much, have led to more appreciation for each other. It's all good.

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