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Old 04-29-2018, 09:51 PM   #441
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I went in and gave my manager notice on the 1st Monday in April. We announced it to the 3 or 4 people in my immediate group the next day. Knowing that the left hand often doesn't know what the right hand is doing, I knew that most people wouldn't hear that I was leaving, so the following Monday, I sent the following email to the 40 or so people that I know in the building:
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After the recent emails that were depressing with people saying goodbye when they got laid off, this one is different.

I am leaving the company because I have decided to retire!! My last day will be May 1.

(People typically wait until their last day to send a “goodbye” email, but I'm being different in this way too. Often (even when they weren't from layoffs), I didn't even know the people were leaving until I got the email, and by that time he/she was out the door, so I didn't have a chance to say goodbye in person. I'd like people to know about my news so you can bid me best wishes if you see me in the halls over the next couple of weeks.)

People may wonder how I will fill up my time once I'm not working. First, many of you know that in the past few years I've been doing week-long bicycle tours in different states. Until now, I could only do 3 or 4 such tours a year until I ran out of vacation time. Now, I plan to do 8 to 10 weeks a year of bicycle tours. That’s the main one thing that is making me want to have a lot more free time; but I also have several interests other than cycling. I’m a Christian, and in the past, I've audited some classes at a Christian seminary. One learns a lot more taking classes for a grade since you have to actually do the assignments to pass. Now that I have more time, I will hopefully take a few of those classes and be able to focus on them more. Another interest I have is family history / genealogy research, which can also be very time-consuming; now I hope to do more of that. I also have relatives in various places that I'd like to spend more time visiting. And, there are some days where I would rather not do anything more than read, watch TV, go for a walk, etc. If I spend some days like that once I'm not working, I don't think I will be bored but I will enjoy that time very well.

If you see me in the halls over the next couple of weeks, be happy for me and wish me well! I've enjoyed working with all of you, and for the most part, working here and solving problems has been fun. It’s just not as much fun as riding my bicycle on the Florida Keys highway, in the hills of Maine, or across the Golden Gate bridge.

Best wishes to everyone!

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I got replies from several people who have worked a lot with me in the past, with best wishes and some saying they were jealous of my being able to retire. The people in my immediate group, where we have frequent work meetings, asked me to stay after a couple of our meetings and talk to them about how to retire early (I'm 55). I talked about various topics from how to save money on various expenses to what 401k choices I invest in, and I followed up with an email which linked to various sites about retirement. It's been fun to do all that. My manager hasn't assigned me much since I gave notice, not wanting me to get in the middle of something that would be hard to hand off at the end. So I've been pretty much coasting the past couple of weeks (though I did figure out one problem last week that no one else had been able to solve).

Now I just have 2 more days! Tomorrow, I'm handing off what little I haven't finished to a co-worker. The next day will be little more than an exit interview.

I'm pretty sure I will feel great when I wake up Wednesday without having to do any more work. Woo-hoo!
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:03 PM   #442
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Here's another one for the list. The DW and I are retiring on 12/21 this year. We'll both be 39.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:08 AM   #443
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My first Monday morning post- retirement. No alarm clock, no emails to check, no business-like clothes, no commute. Wonderful!

Of course, I’m wide awake at 06:45am as per usual, I guess it will take a while to change that ha ha!
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:36 AM   #444
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Here's another one for the list. The DW and I are retiring on 12/21 this year. We'll both be 39.
Wow! Well done Mr and Mrs Magwitch.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:31 AM   #445
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My first Monday morning post- retirement. No alarm clock, no emails to check, no business-like clothes, no commute. Wonderful!

Of course, I’m wide awake at 06:45am as per usual, I guess it will take a while to change that ha ha!
Or maybe you won't! Early morning, dawn to sunrise, is the most wonderful part of the day. Even in far northern Scotland, the spring migrating birds must be arriving now and singing. Time for a walk to enjoy the sunrise!
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:54 AM   #446
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Here's another one for the list. The DW and I are retiring on 12/21 this year. We'll both be 39.
Congratulations to another fairly young one. Where in AUS are you? Working on getting my AUS permanent residency application together this summer and may head to Sydney in the next year or so.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:59 AM   #447
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Congrats Poppydog, Magwitch, and Ilovestartrek- inspiring stuff!
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:17 AM   #448
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Hey there! I'm mostly a reader, less a commenter, here too. I think it's from years at mega type corps where people generally don't get me, and aren't too smart, or as smart as they could be. Anywho..... I'm also walking away from a big salary, at 56, and keep being my own cheerleader on that path. I'm single, grew up poor/frugal (mom was born 1921, so). So, jumping off the payroll is scary. Since I was 14, there's only been about 15 months I wasn't getting a paycheck. Yeah, it's time. I have to get away from the craziness of the mega Corp. My plan looks bulletproof. I've been testing it for some real estate improvements I need in the $50-$100 range, and it causes virtually no impact. I'm shooting for June 30. Any butterflies? Maybe mine are fear of no paycheck, except for the one from my brokerage account.


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Old 04-30-2018, 06:20 AM   #449
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Congratulations to another fairly young one. Where in AUS are you? Working on getting my AUS permanent residency application together this summer and may head to Sydney in the next year or so.
Thanks.

We are in Melbourne and have just recovered from 'one more year syndrome' and will finish up at the end of the year.

Good luck with the permanent residency. Sydney is a beautiful place and Australia is a great place to live.

Reading this thread is inspiring.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:27 AM   #450
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Hi all,

I've mostly lurked here for the last few years but have this forum among things to thank for helping develop the confidence and courage to make a move. I'm pulling the plug on May 4, age 55, walking away from VP role at megacorp and some serious comp. It's been an awesome ride, but it's time to say enough is enough and open the next chapter to focus on the important things in life.

Five business days to go... thanks for the inspiration!
Hey Hilltopper, meant to quote you and reply above is response. Apparently I'm too old to get this right on my phone. Haha!! Definitely time to go. Look up there above for real response....
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:38 AM   #451
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Getting ready to tell the boss this week. Nerves.
It should be relatively easy - you are driving the car this time !
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Afraid I may pop the clutch and stall, or worse yet crash.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:13 PM   #453
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Then it hit me - I am ALSO taking off Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. I can go any one of those days. No need to rush. What a feeling!
LOL! Yep, your thinking "flips" from 'I've got Saturday and Sunday to get this stuff done' to 'No way I'm subjecting myself to the traffic and crowds this weekend. I'll just wait till Monday to do it!'
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My last day was today!!! I turned in my computer and all my wireless gadgets and I'm off the roll. What a great feeling!!! Unemployed and free....32 years of planning paying off now.
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I'm single, grew up poor/frugal (mom was born 1921, so). So, jumping off the payroll is scary. Since I was 14, there's only been about 15 months I wasn't getting a paycheck. ... Any butterflies? Maybe mine are fear of no paycheck, except for the one from my brokerage account.
Sorry I did not see this sooner akidagain2018 because your situation resonates with me. I grew up, not dirt poor, but definitely on a shoe string.

I started working at off-the-books jobs at 15 and was working full-time while still in college. When we reached FI late last year, I realized that, excluding vacations, I had been working without interruption for 42 years. (Even when I changed jobs, I always left the old job on Friday and started the new one the next Monday.)

Last December, we reached FI and I started planning our ER. FIREcalc, another calculator, and our Vanguard Advisor all told me that I was in great shape. But, my stress level was spiking and I could not understand it. Then, it dawned on me that it was the fear of losing the paycheck. The psychological "need" to be earning a salary was so strong that the thought of no longer getting one was having a very real and very negative effect on me.

It's been 3 months now. The good news is that I am now acclimating quite nicely. I hope you do as well!!
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Updating the Class of 2018 list to add some who have declared for 2018 and to say that DH and I are on track for starting permanent summer vacation mid-afternoon on 5/31. Congratulations, all!!!

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chief04010 1/2
JeffinSeattle 1/2
Boilerman 1/2 (57)
OldPhd 1/4
Uncle Lumpy 1/5 (60)
ikubak 1/10 (55)
Coolrich59 1/31 (58)


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Nunyaa
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whatnot 4/1
Mr. and Mrs. Honeyfill 4/2
ears20 (57)
Poppydog and Mrs Poppydog 4/27 (63/59)
Tdv2 4/27 (54)
tmm2good 4/4 (58)
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Seaborne (39)
Hilltopper 5/4 (55)
Mcbraemer 5/15 (63)
SumDay 5/31
OnIslandTime and Mr. OIT 5/31 (59)
ears20 5/31 (57)

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Pullin 6/1
GaryT 6/1
JoeWras 6/1 (55)
neihn 6/30
Jollystomper 6/29
akidagain2018 6/30 (56)

July
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Dan4495 (60)
68Bucks
MRC758 7/13


August
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Pellice 8/1 (62)

September
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October
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FIREmenow
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Ed B. 10/31


November
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December
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:37 PM   #457
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I started working at off-the-books jobs at 15 and was working full-time while still in college. When we reached FI late last year, I realized that, excluding vacations, I had been working without interruption for 42 years. (Even when I changed jobs, I always left the old job on Friday and started the new one the next Monday.)
Sounds familiar, and I bet there are a lot of similar stories here. I think it's the nature of the type of people who wind up in a position to be able to do this FIRE thing!

As a kid I worked a couple of paper routes (at ~12), as a beverage store "bottle boy" (14), sold shoes, painted houses, worked at flea markets and even on a garbage truck, for a day! I didn't realize or think about it then, but it was the start of a journey that all comes down to this moment in time.

Last day is this Friday but I'm heading to our corp office tomorrow for the official exit meeting. I'll have a couple of days for some friendly goodbye meetings and a plane ride home to wrap things up.

I'm past the point of no return now, so the anxiety leading up to this is giving way to excitement for the future!
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Adding myself to class of 2018. Last day was yesterday, 4/30....kept me on a conference call ‘til 5:45 when i said “look today is my last day and i have to go”. Then i hung up and went out for a drink with my husband.

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JeffinSeattle 1/2
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February
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Mr. and Mrs. Honeyfill 4/2
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JoeWras 6/1 (55)
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July
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August
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September
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October
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December
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Congrats BeachOrCity.
Welcome to the rest of your life.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:41 AM   #460
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