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Old 09-18-2018, 03:16 AM   #661
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Need to change our retirement date to 1/2020....DW parents overseas has been diagnosed with cancer...the flights back and forth are expensive so ??
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:16 AM   #662
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So I promoted myself to retirement. Best decision I ever made.

I love that...promoted to retirement!
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:09 AM   #663
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:01 PM   #664
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Decided to go one more month so now in November. Had so much unexpected turnover in my department that I decided to stay on until most of the new hires are onboard. Told boss Iím looking at 11/2 but could stay until Thanksgiving at the latest. As the days go by Iím leaning more towards 11/2 being a hard stop. C suite unwilling to admit folks are burning out due to the increased and sustained workload.

Anyway, strange how my feelings swing back and forth at this point in the game. Have a great day, then think maybe I should stay, then get caught in 90 minute b2b commute and realize...nfw! life is too short not to FIRE when you can.


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Old 10-02-2018, 04:08 PM   #665
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This past weekend marked 90 days of my retirement. I could not be happier. Things have been a lot busier than expected, but it is great being able to control 90% of ones schedule.

I feel now more than ever that I retired just at the right time. No regrets about not retiring earlier, nor for choosing to work longer for get more of those big Megacorp paychecks. I left the and my co-workers on a positive note.

In September I received 2 queries on "are you thinking of part time work, your name has come up for a couple of projects", but I gently turned them down, I'm too busy.
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:10 PM   #666
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Need to change our retirement date to 1/2020....DW parents overseas has been diagnosed with cancer...the flights back and forth are expensive so ??

So sorry to hear that for you and your family. It is a wise decision. The flight timings will be unknown and you cannot control scheduling them at optimal pricing times, so that is the best you can do. I hope all goes well for them.
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:35 PM   #667
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Notified all last week of my intention to retire in December. Lots of congratulations mixed with shocked reactions. All in all it went better than I expected. We will see what the next couple of months hold...
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:15 PM   #668
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And how do you feel about it, WestUniversity? Do you feel relief yet. Has time sped up or slowed down?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:03 PM   #669
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Beginning to feel the weight lift. But I still have about two months of handing off duties. I have been disinvited to a lot of meetings Yeah!
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:49 PM   #670
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I have been disinvited to a lot of meetings Yeah!
Wow. That is great. When word got out about my impending retirement, my meeting requests doubled. It was as if they were trying to squeeze as much time as they could out of me before I left.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:10 PM   #671
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The meetings I have been disinvited from are long range planning related and ongoing operations. I know there will be a lot of hand-off meetings but so far all is unusually quiet...
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3 month checkup

3 months since my last day in the office! These have been the happiest months in my life. I wake up with a sense of anticipation, I am already in better physical shape, I haven't had a real migraine since leaving work, and I sleep well (and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I never feel stressed about it). I'm preparing for two much-anticipated trips in the next 6 months.

Things I'm still working on: I haven't accomplished as much as I planned - both in terms of fixing things up around the house (that deck is still not re-stained - but I've cleared the basement!), and in terms of things I wanted to be doing, particularly a website I have in mind. I still pay too much attention to what is going on in the work world - as per "Thank goodness I avoided that.

Things I'm satisfied with - my rate of expenditure. It seems to be in line with what I anticipated. My planning was realistic. Also pleased with my social interactions. I live alone and my colleagues at work thought I'd be lonely. Well, I've probably increased my activities with friends somewhat, and I don't feel lonely.

Things I'm anxious about - that stock market drop was worrying yesterday. My FA says so far so good, but what if it continues? I guess that's why I did my planning with an adviser.

Bottom line so far - although I have a smaller net worth than most here, by keeping my expenses in line with my income all my life (as is the case with almost everyone on this site, regardless of net worth), I was able to leave at an active age - 62 - and feel that my sense of time and possibility has expanded.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:29 AM   #673
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Sounds awesome Pellice. I will be there in a few months myself. Itís funny how many comments Iíve received along the line of ďyouíre too young to retireĒ. Many others are curious and wonder how I am able to do this. I simply respond with LBYM....
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:50 PM   #674
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Nice to hear from yíall about how good the first few months of FIRE have been.

With three weeks to go, things are really moving along. Made formal announcement two weeks ago to the organization and have received many nice comments from colleagues. Gave my supervisor a heads-up in late July but still hasnít appointed my temporary successor...

Since Iíll be using weeks of PTO, have plenty of time work with HR on pension selection. Hard to believe that three weeks from tomorrow iíll be free

Canít wait to wake up on a November 5th and just get up and have a cup of coffee and smile knowing Iím not getting ready for work. Wow!

Any additional thoughts on action items to complete before leaving work place for good? Started removing office items and copying contact info. Still doesnít seem that itís really the end of this chapter of life, but here it comes.
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Joining the class as of 12-21. Filing my paperwork Monday--although I gave verbal notice four or five months ago. I'll be happy to go and they'll be happy to see me go.
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Filing my paperwork Monday--although I gave verbal notice four or five months ago. I'll be happy to go and they'll be happy to see me go.
Congratulations Tiny Kingdom. Instead of signing paperwork, think of it as signing the summit register atop your favorite peak following a challenging, yet rewarding ascent.
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Welcome, Tiny Kingdom. Think of what fun the New Year will bring!
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Joining the class as of 12-21. Filing my paperwork Monday--although I gave verbal notice four or five months ago. I'll be happy to go and they'll be happy to see me go.
Welcome and congratulations! I am 5 1/2 months into my retirement and I haven't found the bad side of it yet!
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:09 PM   #679
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My plan is/was to leave the end of this year. But, an interesting development has arisen. My company is being bought out. Apparently, we will all be put in one of three buckets:
1) Laid off in early November. I would get a severance package of 16 weeks salary.
2) Kept on for a transition period of 6 months. You get a 50% salary bonus for each month worked during the transition (payable at the end of the 6 months), plus the above severance package. The 6 months start early November.
3) You become a permanent employee of the buyout company.

Option 1, (my preference) is not likely to happen. Option 3 is not likely to happen.

Option 2 is the interesting one. Assuming I am working until the end of this year anyway, I would get 6*.5 (bonus) + 4 (salary) + 4 (severance) = 11 months salary for working the additional 4 more months in 2019. I really was looking forward to quitting the end of this year, but this might be tough to pass on.

Yeah, I know, OMM * 4 syndrome! I'll find out in early November which bucket I am in.
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:18 PM   #680
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Well today was the last day. Turned in credit cards computer, keys, etc yesterday. Got a few nice emails today, the account access will stop tonight. I am officially FIRE. 37 years to the day from my start. I have been easing into it with an extended amount of vacation since early August. so far i'm liking the freedom. Its nice to do what you want when you want. I'm the youngest guy at the gym when I go go there at 11 am.
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