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Old 03-25-2018, 06:19 AM   #361
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Took myself off the list. Plan to go full in 2018 and 2019. I will pull back to 30 hours/week in March of 2020. In 2021 I will pull back to 20 hours/week and fully disengage in 2022 or so. DW is still working and both of our jobs pay well and are not stressful. FI now so can punch at anytime.
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:22 AM   #362
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:32 PM   #363
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Havenít been there in years, but in Lake County, Ryerson Nature Preserve used to be a great area to walk. Old forest with long trails through it, and the Des Plaines river running along one border.
Beautiful area. It's about 40 minutes from where I live, but 5 minutes from my megacorp office. I used to drive past there every day.
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:12 PM   #364
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Well, I got the first request to think about staying on a bit longer, to the end of the year. But, I can't, I can't, I can't. Every fiber of my being wants out. The money, although probably helpful, isn't the issue. The only issue would be that I like the people who are asking me, AND that if I don't, it could be the end of my unit. We all hear that we worker bees are totally replaceable. Well, I am not. BUT - alternatively, my unit is replaceable. It falls into the "nice to have, but not necessary" category.

I would not want to be the one to say, "I don't care." But I don't think I can stay. I've got multiple countdowns. I have my first day after ending work planned. I have my second day planned. I can't wait.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:12 PM   #365
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Well, I got the first request to think about staying on a bit longer, to the end of the year. But, I can't, I can't, I can't. Every fiber of my being wants out. The money, although probably helpful, isn't the issue. The only issue would be that I like the people who are asking me, AND that if I don't, it could be the end of my unit. We all hear that we worker bees are totally replaceable. Well, I am not. BUT - alternatively, my unit is replaceable. It falls into the "nice to have, but not necessary" category.

I would not want to be the one to say, "I don't care." But I don't think I can stay. I've got multiple countdowns. I have my first day after ending work planned. I have my second day planned. I can't wait.
Tough call. I don't know your situation, but what I always told people on my team is that if you're that indispensable, the company needs to add you to the board of directors and pay you a lot more money.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:19 AM   #366
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Add me to March please!!

I am also adjusting and have a bullet list intake on each day. Lack of structure takes some getting used to.

For me I think the big change is that when working I always had a goal (finish and retire). Now that I am there the goals are softer and a bit more challenging to pin down.
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Old 03-27-2018, 05:49 AM   #367
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Tough call. I don't know your situation, but what I always told people on my team is that if you're that indispensable, the company needs to add you to the board of directors and pay you a lot more money.
I'm probably overestimating my own indispensability. But it's more that my unit is fairly dispensable, and it's easier to dispense with it if the experienced person who was doing the implementation is leaving. Well, after sleeping on it, I know I can't stay unless the economy collapses and takes my retirement savings with it.
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Old 03-27-2018, 03:29 PM   #368
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My spreadsheet says 64 more work days!!



The question is, when the time comes, can I really pull the trigger? I have to leave crazyville job. Still nervous. Fingers crossed I have the guts to go.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:49 PM   #369
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My spreadsheet says 64 more work days!!



The question is, when the time comes, can I really pull the trigger? I have to leave crazyville job. Still nervous. Fingers crossed I have the guts to go.
I understand. This economy on stimulants - sprint and crash - isn't helping. I am really nervous about the economic future. But what happens if you DON'T pull the trigger? Will it then be YOU who goes crazy rather than being in a crazy job?

Would it help to get a second opinion on your finances? That's what's keeping me from being even more nervous. MY FA keeps reassuring me that she has "zero concerns." Or is it another issue making you nervous.

Do you have your first day of retirement planned out? And does it seem absolutely delicious?
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:02 PM   #370
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I've been doing my financial projections for over ten years. I started small, built in all assets annd projections including tax effects, and computed MRW at 70.5. Also did the FIRE tool everyone here does. And visited with Fidelity each of past few years using their forecasting tool. All say, good to go. I'm getting retiree medical at group rates, single. . I think I've been working on this for so long that now I'm obsessed with ever increasing savings and investing. I hate the idea of making withdrawals. But the crazyville job will make crazy if I don't go. Life is too short to spend more time in a concrete building behind a desk.
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Old 03-27-2018, 08:08 PM   #371
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Old 03-27-2018, 08:22 PM   #372
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Been maxing out the 401k and hit the limit today. Still have another paycheck to max out catch up. Going to ride the rest of the way with max on non-deductible 401k for a megabackdoor later.

Stuff is real!

I don't want to just cut and paste again, but next time maybe someone can change me to 6/1. Various reasons to delay one more month...
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Got ya covered, Joe. I also moved back a month due to a very reasonable request from my boss, as well as accruing all my vacation by staying...
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I don't know whether I should add myself back into this class! My last day was supposed to be May 23rd but I have agreed to w*rk 12 hours a week (one day in the office and one morning w*rking from home) until next February. Before I caved in to the tearful (seriously) request of my boss, DH and I planned two road trips during June. We have more trips planned in August and October too. My boss is good with me taking a 4 week sabbatical in June and has assured me that I can take any time off that I want. I also do not have to attend the weekly office meeting!!! I think this new schedule will make me feel retired even if I'm not technically retired. Thoughts?
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:06 AM   #375
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I don't know whether I should add myself back into this class! My last day was supposed to be May 23rd but I have agreed to w*rk 12 hours a week (one day in the office and one morning w*rking from home) until next February. Before I caved in to the tearful (seriously) request of my boss, DH and I planned two road trips during June. We have more trips planned in August and October too. My boss is good with me taking a 4 week sabbatical in June and has assured me that I can take any time off that I want. I also do not have to attend the weekly office meeting!!! I think this new schedule will make me feel retired even if I'm not technically retired. Thoughts?
Some people report a lot of satisfaction on ramping down via PT.

Personally, we have a person at M.C. who went PT. Doesn't matter. Fires are always burning. Emails are always expected to be answered, 24.7. I don't think it is working that well in this particular situation.

PT can become FT easily, unless you put very strict limits on your working hours, AND your boss/company fully respect it. For those that go that way, it can work very nicely. So if your boss and company respect it, it might be really nice to ramp down like that.
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Thanks Joe you make some very valid points. You are right about the fires since I have to put one or two out every Monday morning! My replacement will struggle with some of those issues initially. I will have to be very clear about my time vs work time. If things get bad, I can always walk. That has been an option for a couple of years now and it does make everything easier.
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I don't know whether I should add myself back into this class! My last day was supposed to be May 23rd but I have agreed to w*rk 12 hours a week (one day in the office and one morning w*rking from home) until next February. Before I caved in to the tearful (seriously) request of my boss, DH and I planned two road trips during June. We have more trips planned in August and October too. My boss is good with me taking a 4 week sabbatical in June and has assured me that I can take any time off that I want. I also do not have to attend the weekly office meeting!!! I think this new schedule will make me feel retired even if I'm not technically retired. Thoughts?
I hope it works for you. Nobody wants to lose a good fire fighter, and honesty the best ones likely do well under trial by fire. It's a hard sell to get your management to believe person X could do it. They're comfortable/trust you.

I hope they honor their position with you. Remember if they wanted you gone, it will happen on their timeline, not yours
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I retired today.

Said my final goodbyes after over three decades at the same company.

Hard to leave my friends but looking forward to lower stress and more free time.
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Said my final goodbyes after over three decades at the same company.

Hard to leave my friends but looking forward to lower stress and more free time.
Congratulations! I would love to hear about your first week of financial independence!
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Said my final goodbyes after over three decades at the same company.



Hard to leave my friends but looking forward to lower stress and more free time.


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