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Old 03-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #21
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My only advice is expect to do a lot of cleaning, purging & reorganizing once U drop out....at least that's how its been here..
When we moved less than 2 years ago, we did that in spades. We filled a 30 cubic yard dumpster with crap that was not coming with us and the tippage bill showed that it was almost 3 tons. Have not managed to reload on the junk yet.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:35 PM   #22
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Congrats Brewer! Work on your ER to do list to pass the time.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:50 PM   #23
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Indeed. When I am ready to break the news to my superiors I plan to offer to be a contractor for them. I have unique expertise they cannot replace so I will pitch them on having access to my skills and a third to a half the cost of me as a full time employee.
I am planning to make the same offer to my CEO this month and hope this works out for both of us. ESR must be better than sitting at a desk full time.
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I am planning to make the same offer to my CEO this month and hope this works out for both of us. ESR must be better than sitting at a desk full time.
Meh, if they don't want to do a contractor thing, so be it. I am sick of the nonsense anyway.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #25
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Congrats to you Brew. A good plan for sure. I've been enjoying watching my DH get ready to leave his job for at least a year-long sabbatical this summer, and he has already been thinking of all the good fun stuff he will be able to do. I know you are equally excited now that you've settled on a plan.

Best to you and I can really see you gradually doing more consulting work in private practice as you detox from this job.
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Meh, if they don't want to do a contractor thing, so be it. I am sick of the nonsense anyway.
Ditto; but, there is something about the devil I know being a somewhat comforting thought going into ESR.

Good luck and congratulations on making the decision.
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Brewer, given the title of this thread ("Decision Made") the only response that comes to my mind is, "er, well, Congratulations?" I hope your decision is a happy one for you and that life gives you everything you desire.

Being done with the decision making process and seeing a clear path ahead is a nice feeling, that's for sure.
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Congratulations on making your decision; I know you have wrestled with it for awhile. I hope it all works out the way you want. The good news is that once you make the decision, all the crap that happens at work seems less important.
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Congrats, this sounds awesome. It sounds like you are entering into this with the right attitude. Worst case, in a year or three you go back to work (somewhere).

One idea to do before you announce your resignation, make sure you have all your excess vacation/PTO/sick days/leave days used up sufficiently so you don't leave anything on the table. I am slowly realizing my employer has strange rules about getting paid out for leave time that are counter intuitive and totally different than what I am used to in similar jobs. I thought I had a vested right to certain pots of leave time I have accumulated but that vested right extends to only a certain number of hours of leave. In other words, I would be better off taking a few weeks off right before my resignation, then cashing out the remaining leave time. If I resigned with the full amount of leave time in place, the amount they pay out is limit to 30 days vacation (or something like that).
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Congrats, this sounds awesome. It sounds like you are entering into this with the right attitude. Worst case, in a year or three you go back to work (somewhere).

One idea to do before you announce your resignation, make sure you have all your excess vacation/PTO/sick days/leave days used up sufficiently so you don't leave anything on the table. I am slowly realizing my employer has strange rules about getting paid out for leave time that are counter intuitive and totally different than what I am used to in similar jobs. I thought I had a vested right to certain pots of leave time I have accumulated but that vested right extends to only a certain number of hours of leave. In other words, I would be better off taking a few weeks off right before my resignation, then cashing out the remaining leave time. If I resigned with the full amount of leave time in place, the amount they pay out is limit to 30 days vacation (or something like that).
Exactly: if it does not work out for some reason, I go back to work (or DW does if I find I cannot).

Things are pretty straight forward here. I cliff vest in retirement goodies in December. They don't allow us to carry over material amounts of vacation time and we don't accrue PTO/sick time at all, so there is very little to be left on the table.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #31
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Congrats- I sort of did the same thing last year, except the impetus was me missing my young child desperately! DH has a job that covers our modest bills and allows us to save (only around 15-20% now).

I'm mostly happy and so is DH and the kiddo, but sometimes I'm conflicted because I know I'll never make the kind of salary I did again. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been wiser to stick it out for until we both had the option to RE.
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Congrat Brewer!!!

Does your wife have a clear understanding you are not trading your Corp job to be a maid yeah? I see another post about house cleaning above and scare to death trying the same exit.
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DW and I have always shared house tasks, kid stuff, etc. I don't expect much of a change, although I will pick up stuff like mowing the lawn when we fire the lawn service.
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Congrats! That's really exciting. I know you were intending to wait it out and go straight to ER, but this way it's like you're getting an early start!
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Congratulations, Brewer.
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That's great Brewer! Now, you can slow down and smell the roses. And more important things like doing stuff with the kids, and hunting and fishing and gardening and...

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Congratulations, Brewer. I enjoy reading your comments and posts and believe you will be successful.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:12 AM   #38
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Congrats making the decision. It seems that you have been unhappy for awhile regarding the job situation. I agree with the others that you are intelligent and plan well, so I think that you will do fine and will be much happier. Good luck!
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Way to go Brew. Live long and prosper.

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Hey Brewer - where in Colorado do you live, if you care to say? You mentioned lawn service, so I assume you're in Denver or the Springs.

I lived in Littleton, and also in Teller County (west of the Springs, up in the mountains) when I lived in Colorado, and loved it. Someday, I hope to get back there, at least for a year or two to start my "Life 2.0" hopefully in a couple years, if I'm lucky enough to be able to (semi) retire.

Regardless, be safe out there...I understand Colorado is having a heck of a time with the drought and fire conditions. Makes me sad to see all those forests burning in the summertime
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