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Old 09-27-2019, 08:00 PM   #321
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looks like I'm going OMY


getting a great deal at work Maybe 2020 good thing is it certainly wont be a skinny fire when I finally quit working
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Old 09-27-2019, 08:03 PM   #322
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Old 09-28-2019, 03:00 AM   #323
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So I've been retired for two months now but it sure doesn't feel like it. I've been busy busy busy making arrangements for our move to Florida, selling/donating/discarding half our "stuff", and packing the rest. We have another few weeks before the move itself. Maybe I can take a few days off after I finish unpacking. LOL.
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:48 AM   #324
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bUU, imagine trying to do all that stuff, AND w*rking! I like being fun-employed, but you do have to watch out to keep it fun sometimes.
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Old 09-30-2019, 07:42 AM   #325
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Iím getting there, but slowly.

80 calendar days but only 57 work days until I retire - class of 2019!

Iím breaking one of my cardinal rules.....wishing time would go by faster, but itís hard not to.
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:56 PM   #326
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Class of 2019...52 work days to go.
Offered to stay part time in 2020 but may be changing my mind.


A part of me feels like I have "Stockholm syndrome" - a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Most days, I feel frustrated at the chaotic environment and foolish decisions by admin.

I thought I'd feel happier being this close to RE !



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Old 10-03-2019, 07:02 AM   #327
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^^^^^^ While you are working, you feel like you are doing important things for your clients/projects, etc. And, you probably are. And your life and thoughts can revolve around this.

But, there is an entirely different life waiting for you out there that does NOT involve the stuff at your job. After you leave, you may miss it, and the people there, but they will get along without you, and you can concentrate on other things in life.

Be sure you at least try to have a rough plan for what you will do with yourself day to day...hobbies/projects around the house/travel/volunteer work, etc. This will help you as you change your focus to a (better) world that does not involve wasting 10 hours a day at w*rk.
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:45 AM   #328
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Class of 2019...52 work days to go.
Offered to stay part time in 2020 but may be changing my mind.


A part of me feels like I have "Stockholm syndrome" - a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Most days, I feel frustrated at the chaotic environment and foolish decisions by admin.

I thought I'd feel happier being this close to RE !



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I think my BS bucket is full. We have a new CEO, and the decisions coming down make me want to bang my head against the desk. I'm excited at times, but getting my successor in place has not gone smoothly to say the least.

I do smile to myself when someone says "we'll review this again next year"- cause I won't be here....
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:00 AM   #329
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Class of 2019...52 work days to go.
Offered to stay part time in 2020 but may be changing my mind.


A part of me feels like I have "Stockholm syndrome" - a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Most days, I feel frustrated at the chaotic environment and foolish decisions by admin.

I thought I'd feel happier being this close to RE !



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Many people likely go through stages of this feeling. We devoted ourselves to a cause or profession and decide to walk away from the playing field. If health is in sharp decline, if the game was rough or toxic, much easier to walk.

For me there was some inner turmoil until I told my boss about retiring. Next day, the birds sang more and the sun shone brighter. Still had to wrestle with some retirement anxieties, but all is better after a few months of FIRE!
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:54 PM   #330
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I've been contemplating Dec 31, 2019 as my official date to stop W-2 income and focus on the next stage of life. DW and I will both be 55 years old then and we should have plenty of $ socked away. It's exciting to start planning for a different set of priorities. 2148 days to go!
I posted this back in 2014. Well, I officially pulled the plug earlier this week (on Sep 30, 2019) and did it at age 54. I'm calling it my "semi-retirement" because eventually I'll probably do some things that will bring in extra income - e.g., part-time, contract, entrepreneurial, etc. The nice thing is...we don't need to do anything if we don't feel like it. For now, I'm taking some down time after working for 42+ years nonstop (since I was a twelve year old with a paper route)! What a great feeling. Woohoo!

Good luck to everyone on your own journey toward accomplishing your goals.

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Old 10-03-2019, 04:33 PM   #331
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I posted this back in 2014. Well, I officially pulled the plug earlier this week (on Sep 30, 2019) and did it at age 54. I'm calling it my "semi-retirement" because eventually I'll probably do some things that will bring in extra income - e.g., part-time, contract, entrepreneurial, etc. The nice thing is...we don't need to do anything if we don't feel like it. For now, I'm taking some down time after working for 42+ years nonstop (since I was a twelve year old with a paper route)! What a great feeling. Woohoo!

Good luck to everyone on your own journey toward accomplishing your goals.

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Congrats on pulling the plug! You might find yourself enjoying your free days so much that thoughts about working part-time or whatnot will fade along with the thoughts of your working life!
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:54 PM   #332
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Hey, remember me? I started here in 2003 as a Young Dreamer (and even earlier in the old TMF REHP board), and Friday October 11 I'll be early retired at age 49! ("In my 40s")

Or at least semi-retired. I'll probably try to dabble in some computer-based side hustles for money.

http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...ack-13987.html

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Old 10-07-2019, 10:59 PM   #333
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Congrats! Isn' it great when a plan works out?
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:32 PM   #334
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Iím not able to join the Class of 2019 but I am thankful for all of you posting. Itís great motivation for those of us with slightly longer countdowns before we can retire. One day though Iíll be doing the retirement happy dance!
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:03 PM   #335
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Hey, remember me? I started here in 2003 as a Young Dreamer (and even earlier in the old TMF REHP board), and Friday October 11 I'll be early retired at age 49! ("In my 40s")

Or at least semi-retired. I'll probably try to dabble in some computer-based side hustles for money.

http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...ack-13987.html

http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...ers-14064.html
I'm done!

I have no job, no work laptop, no work phone, no badge, no responsibilities.
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:06 PM   #336
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:28 AM   #337
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I'm done!

I have no job, no work laptop, no work phone, no badge, no responsibilities.
Whoop-whoop!!! Congratulations!!!
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I'm starting to get cold feet. Anyone else have this problem?

Talk me off the ledge!! Or is that back on the ledge? I'm so confused.
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Talk me off the ledge!! Or is that back on the ledge? I'm so confused.
Buy yourself a foot warmer, then retire. You won't know what you are missing until you get here.
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^^^^ +1. Right up to the day you do leave, you can find a bunch of reasons not to (if you are trying to). If your financials are sound, and tools like FireCalc say you are good, then just do it. Life really is better on the other side of the fence.
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