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Old 10-18-2017, 05:20 AM   #281
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I don't hate my job. It's just gotten very frustrating with big company beauracracy and inane inefficiencies.
Every meeting I go to I leave feeling ... "that's one more hour of my life I won't ever get back!"

I like the people I work with on a daily basis. Upper and mid management .... not so much.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:52 AM   #282
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I've been semi-retired for 10 years, but have really cut back the last two years even more this year after a good friend had a stroke. You only have one life to enjoy, so make the most of it. I still run our small business, my wife works part time in the medical field and is 5 years younger. We could stop working, but I still like the few hours a week I work. Fly fishing and other outdoor interests keep drawing more of my attention.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:03 AM   #283
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Seems like I missed this thread first time around. I retired at 56, 11 years ago. My DW retired at 45, 4 years before me.

Never really thought about retirement until I was about 53. Too busy with my career, which I loved up to that point. Suddenly I reached FI and started to muse about it. DW thought I was crazy. Took about 3 years to get my successor ready and after a couple of delays finally did it. No regrets, it’s been wonderful.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:23 AM   #284
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I can't remember if I posted in this thread or not (and too lazy to look)

But yes, and happily so!

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Awesome. What's it like?
Here's what it's like for me...

Remember when you were a kid during the summer? You know, no school, no real worries, just lots of freedom? For me, it's very much like that but *even better* because when the street lights come on, I don't *have* to go home!
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:25 AM   #285
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How old where you when you retired? Me 53 DW 53 (Both 57 today)

When did you want to retire? 55

In our early 20's we developed a plan to retire at 55.

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Old 10-18-2017, 12:21 PM   #286
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Retired at 60.

Wanted to retire at 55.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:48 PM   #287
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Retired at 60.

Wanted to retire at 55.
Same here. A divorce caused me to rework the numbers and the extra 5 years kept me whole, along with aggressive equity investing.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:16 PM   #288
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I don't remember if I did this one before, but yes at 57.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:31 PM   #289
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When do you want to retire? planned for 60, things worked out well and the people here inspired me to do it!
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:06 PM   #290
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Yes!

Retired 2 years ago at 60. Planned to go at 59 but stayed an extra year to pay off both cars. My husband retired 3 mos ago at age 59 (he planned to wait to 60 but work became too stressful). Since he retired, he's lost almost 20 lbs and plays lots of sports (softball, golf, water volleyball and bowling). He looks 10 years younger! He eats healthy now and his doctor was blown away with the improvement in his blood test numbers!

We both LOVE retirement!!!
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:06 AM   #291
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No but planning to go next summer after turning 55 and qualifying for ER at my employer. Going to be a long winter.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:33 AM   #292
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No Planning to retire Jan 2018 (55 years 11 months YO)

had a plan to retire at 53, than 55 4 months, than 55 and 11 months....
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:07 AM   #293
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Yes. Retired just over a year ago at 58. My goal was 55 but got stuck in the OMY loop. Finally after a strong stock market, vesting stock options and an upcoming round of layoffs with a nice severance package I decided that it is time. I volunteered to be laid off and probably saved someone else's job. You all can guess which one of us is happier about that deal!
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:34 AM   #294
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We did not realize it was possible until plugging numbers into FI calculators and getting a serious report from our VG advisor. When he said "You guys are fine, for 40 years" So then I told him to plug in numbers, higher spending amounts, lower RR, what if we spend a big chunk one year on something...he said "looks good, I wouldn't worry about it!" I was sort of shocked. Especially if market at least stays stable, 5% RR, we'll accumulate rather than deccumulate (made up word).
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:47 PM   #295
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When do you want to retire? 54, boss had one-more-year syndrome..
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:29 PM   #296
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I would not be surprised if a bunch of retirees in their 50's was the result of losing a job and not being able to find another one.
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... or they did not bother to look for another one, when they figured out they had enough to live on.
Yep, I've seen tons of 50 something year-olds get pushed out. Some had to scrape by, often the end of their professional careers. A few saved enough to intentionally w*rk just part time or quietly retire.

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My wife and I both retired, or rather quit voluntarily. She did not have any pension or benefit, but the work condition got to her. That division of her megacorp (one of the Dow 30) was having a bad time, and the pressure was horrendous. They wanted to fire all the people working for her, and sent her to India to train replacements. So she quit, and never thought of finding another job.

I was working part-time already for almost 10 years, and one day did not want to continue. And that was that.
It was pretty much the story for me, but from small-mid cap tech. Similar to your wife's situation, I traveled to the Pacific rim for almost a decade to train a couple of generations of my replacements. When they were more than ready to take over, they became too expensive and management wanted me to hit the road again and train ANOTHER group of people in an even cheaper asian country! DW wasn't too thrilled, and found it a good a time as any to FIRE.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:09 AM   #297
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Hello all, not been on here for quite a while but felt I should come on today because I actually retired yesterday! I planned to go 4/5 years ago but actually didn't mind my work and the pension pot needed a little more in it. Anyway aged 58 I've finally done it and looking forward to the future!
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:21 AM   #298
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Congratulations, Evergreen! Welcome to the fun side of life.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:25 AM   #299
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Yes, I am retired.

Stopped working full time and downshifted to part time at age 56. Retired at age 59.

I had expected to work part time from home until about age 70 because the work was easy and I was enjoying it. Then I stopped enjoying it so I stopped working.

I was never focused on early retirement. We did always have a goal in mind for investable assets and were always good savers. When I finally decided I didn't want to work any longer, we were fortunately in a position to support retiring.
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Old 05-05-2021, 11:17 AM   #300
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