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Old 03-10-2018, 08:29 AM   #321
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Like the analogy, ears! Congratulations on another step in Zero Year.

Last week I finished my final big project for my organization (other than making payments to people and vendors). It went well, but I was immediately afterwards struck down with my first migraine in 6 months, and it was a bad one. Completely stress-related. I'm saying goodbye to migraines, too, I hope. My body, mind, and soul are all in agreement, "Get Thee Out."

Maybe now I can implement my original plan of taking Wednesdays off during Zero Year. Hasn't worked out too well yet, but there's still time.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:45 AM   #322
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I pulled the ripcord yesterday.

My (tiny) bonus was paid 10 days ago, and my boss got back from his vacation on Thursday, so I scheduled the meeting for yesterday. It was very cordial and professional, without any of the drama I feared.

The final date hasnít been set yet; he knows my preference for no later than 5/32. He wants to speak with his bosses and see what makes sense for Megacorp, and weíll make the final call then.

I donít really feel any different, perhaps because I made the decision so long ago. I think that will change once I start telling people ĎIím retiringí.

I just hope the chute opens...
5/32? May, 14 years from now? June 1? It is all good.

DW pulled the ripcord yesterday. Stuff is getting real. I have not. I'm wait to see some moves Megacorp makes, waiting for the mythical buy-out I'll never get. I'll announce in April.
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Congratulations Ears! Glad to hear that it hasn't been overly dramatic. It can be nice when you work with adults sometimes :-)
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:34 AM   #324
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5/32? May, 14 years from now? June 1? It is all good.

DW pulled the ripcord yesterday. Stuff is getting real. I have not. I'm wait to see some moves Megacorp makes, waiting for the mythical buy-out I'll never get. I'll announce in April.


Thereís one in every crowd...nothing like typing with sausage fingers!

Iím half hoping theyíll ask me to stay on through the summer; Iíll want a year of vesting service in return. Iím not holding my breath.

Thanks to all for the good wishes! Itís all very real now...
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Congrats ears20!

With each passing month my timeline grows shorter. Iím still expecting MegaCorp to have a RIF in the next month or two. I continue to hear rumblings but nothing definitive yet...
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I am now inside 90 days of my target of June 1. That is the threshold for starting the process at megacorp. The only thing delaying me is a project that I have shepherded for the past year that is just about about to take off. I won't stay on to manage it but I would like to see it through acquisition and initial operating capability. But i will only hang around, at most, until about the first of August.

This weekend I was doing the one last review of things and realized this is it. The reasons to retire far outweigh the reasons to stay, and that with almost no real risk to my plan. Some time afterward I took my 5 y/o grandson for an outing in the woods and we have a good time for several hours. On the way home as I pondered finally pulling the plug and finally exiting Megacorp I started feeling very anxious - very stressed. I had to really work to restrain myself from being impatient with the boy (successfully) because of this rush of anxiety. It wasn't him, it was me and I couldn't tamp down the emotion.

In the end the only thing I was anxious about was making such a big life change after being a part of something at one general location for 33 years. I am still going through with it and know it is time for so many reasons, but I was a bit surprised by the suddenness and intensity of the anxiety.
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I understand Ed B. I have been at MegaCorp for the better part of 3 decades. Geez thatís a long time.

I have been so stressed that I have not been much of a DH to DW. Most of the time Iím ďokayĒ, but I guess not really if you ask DW. Sheís taking it in stride knowing there is an end in sight and that I will be back to ďnormalĒ. Whatever that is Iím not sure anymore.

Sheís mostly worried about the toll the stress is taking on my health. Several friends have said the same thing.

Itís getting closer, especially if I get RIFíd...
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I put in my notice today! Was convinced to take a 90 day leave of absence to think it over. I canít imagine changing my mind after de-stressing but I suppose stranger things have happened.
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Congrats Lagniappe!
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I put in my notice today! Was convinced to take a 90 day leave of absence to think it over. I canít imagine changing my mind after de-stressing but I suppose stranger things have happened.
I'm just relaxed looking at your avatar as it brings back great memories of de-stress.
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Sheís mostly worried about the toll the stress is taking on my health. Several friends have said the same thing.
That was what motivated me to ER as well.

As I started reading this forum, one key piece of wisdom I gleaned was that you have time, health, and money. You can make more money, but you can't make more time or (generally) recover your health.

Last Fall, I had decided I would work until the end of 2019. Then I decided the end of 2018. But, when I really started taking stock of how job stress was affecting my health, I talked to the wife and we said 'the hell with it'. I retired this past January.

It would have been nice to have some more $$, but FIREcalc and other calculators still put us in the mid to high 90s. So, I would rather have to cut back on some spending than go to an early grave with plenty of money in the bank.
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I'm at under 80 work days! I'm cheering myself on daily! I think my portfolio has performed well during the recent turbulence. I've been waiting nine years to get out of crazyville. It's time to go! Do all the fun and relaxing stuff I've not done all the years I've drudged away. I so want out that I'll go unless there's some stock market tank between now and June, or one looks eminent then. The work situation has got to stop. They be crazy!!..... I've been doing what I'm doing too long. So, yippee!! -- every day is one day closer!!!
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I put in my notice today! Was convinced to take a 90 day leave of absence to think it over. I canít imagine changing my mind after de-stressing but I suppose stranger things have happened.
Congrats Lagniappe. See you in Venice FL later this month?
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That was what motivated me to ER as well.



As I started reading this forum, one key piece of wisdom I gleaned was that you have time, health, and money. You can make more money, but you can't make more time or (generally) recover your health.



Last Fall, I had decided I would work until the end of 2019. Then I decided the end of 2018. But, when I really started taking stock of how job stress was affecting my health, I talked to the wife and we said 'the hell with it'. I retired this past January.



It would have been nice to have some more $$, but FIREcalc and other calculators still put us in the mid to high 90s. So, I would rather have to cut back on some spending than go to an early grave with plenty of money in the bank.

My situation started to escalate a few years ago. Too much change over too short a period of time in both staffing and workload. Since then itís only become progressively worse. Iím starting to have issues with my blood pressure. Iíve always enjoyed my job at MegaCorp but it seems like enough is never enough anymore.

I was originally planning to work until 62 but that has changed. My plan now is to retire December 28th...
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Hey, CoolRich, how has it gone so far? Are you having fun and feeling relaxed?

I am making a perhaps unwise trip to an administrators' meeting today just to hear it reiterated how another reorganization and yet newer software systems and methods of assessment are going. It will start with the unpromising opening pep talk on "We're all in this together," at which I will smile mysteriously. But - I really, really want to tell them exactly what I think .... bad, bad idea, I know. I won't - "a steady course" has been my mantra this year, and I can (WILL) keep my mouth shut. But are any of you constantly fighting the impulse to respond when management invites you to tell them what's on your mind?
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DH will give notice Thurs or Fri. We want to make sure his bonus clears before he gives notice. He is 60 and has been at his Co for 37 years. The stress has taken a toll on his health.
I was going to give notice at the same time but I am skittish and stressed. I am the money person and the worrier. Also, job is not that bad. So I will wait until we get an offer on our home. (we plan on moving out of state to be closer to new Grandbaby).
Getting home ready for sale has also been stressful!! We should put on the market next week.
So hopefully, I am not a OMY but a FMM (few more months!)
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Officially pulling my name off the 2018 list. Lot's of reasons. Here goes: DD graduated undergrad May of 2017. She went to Melbourne Australia for an internship. That turned into a job. She also is playing volleyball in their premier league. Cost a few bucks extra to visit her in Australia. Currently in the process of selling rental house in San Diego. Anticipate that being wrapped up by July. In process of building a house. Current house is a 30 yr old 3 piece modular. It isn't worth the effort to upgrade/remodel. Tearing down and building dream home in it's place(waterfront lot on Chesapeake Bay). Should be move in ready spring of 2019. I am recovering from torn/detached retina surgery followed by cataract removal and now waiting for 20 seconds of laser final touch up. DS is in final year of enlistment in the USMC. Want to see what happens next. Should be a commission. We'll see. Other than that I just can't find a reason to stop the JOB. Pay is good with no politics. Very little travel or other hassles. If I had to commit to something it would be full time thru 2019 then in March/April of 2020 go to 3/4 or 1/2 time (from home). Plan would be to milk that PT situation as long as possible or DW retires. DD get's free Master's degree if she starts in the next three years. If not then I will use my last 19 months of GI bill to get another degree in ?? just to get the housing money. Nut over 300K now but doesn't matter with 2 COLA'd pensions totaling over 100K. Anticipated nut over 700K after rental sale and 2-3 more years of maxing contributions. Being FI there is zero pressure to keep working or stop working. It just doesn't matter. Seriously looking at the "what to retire to" part of the equation. Health care is Tricare. One issue we haven't looked at yet is LTC. One tweak maybe to limit 401K contributions to only matching and put the rest in taxable. Current 401K plan doesn't allow withdrawal at 55. A good half of my problem is convincing DW that I(we) shouldn't work until we drop. Her DD(dad) is 78 and still runs his own company. If only it was that easy right?
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Hey, CoolRich, how has it gone so far? Are you having fun and feeling relaxed?

I am making a perhaps unwise trip to an administrators' meeting today just to hear it reiterated how another reorganization and yet newer software systems and methods of assessment are going. It will start with the unpromising opening pep talk on "We're all in this together," at which I will smile mysteriously. But - I really, really want to tell them exactly what I think .... bad, bad idea, I know. I won't - "a steady course" has been my mantra this year, and I can (WILL) keep my mouth shut. But are any of you constantly fighting the impulse to respond when management invites you to tell them what's on your mind?
Yes, but about 1/3rd of the time I don't fight the impulse at all. I tell them in a direct but non-threatening way. But I have also socialized my intent to retire this year. I told my Sr. Manager several months ago to be thinking about my replacement for this new project I was given.

During my recent performance review he asked if I still planned to retire this year and I said yes, but as long as this new project is fun I may procrastinate on initiating the retirement process. He said if there is anything that makes the project "not fun" let him know.

All that to say I have a lot of latitude to "speak the truth in love" as they say. 😊
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I put in my notice today! Was convinced to take a 90 day leave of absence to think it over. I canít imagine changing my mind after de-stressing but I suppose stranger things have happened.
Nice one Lagniappe! I reckon your 90 day leave of absence will convince you that you NEVER want to go back!
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