Originally Posted by eyeonFI
I hadn't played with firecalc in quite a while, but around the start of this year I put my numbers in, and it returned 100% success rate. That made my planned 2016 ER seem a lot more real. And it's had the effect of lowering both my stress and my motivation at w*rk. "Only" 4.5 more years...
My moment was when I hit 100% on firecalc. DW has never been real interested in our finances and has let me manage them since we got married. She had always planned to work at least until her 60s, but took a real interest in RE when I explained that we were getting real close a few years ago. She's on board with the program now and is ready to ditch work and let me keep working.
We sat down last night and went over the plan. I need three more years to get a state pension, which would be nice, but not absolutely necessary. DW could RE right now, but with a son finishing 10th grade we often wonder whether we should keep working until he decides where he will go to college, which is the big unknown piece of the puzzle. We decided she would work through the end of the year and I would keep going to get the pension. Still feel the stress, but I am not nearly as motivated as I was 4 or 5 years ago. Only three more years....