Countdown To Retirement – Progress Update

It seems like just yesterday that I posted a blog listing “7 Ways To Countdown To Early Retirement“, but it actually has been a full 22 weeks since I got counting with the secret Post-it Note flags I put inside my credenza door at work. I just wanted to post my progress since I have…

Change Stress & Early Retirement

Will early retirement be a stressful life event? Sure enough, the website VisualMD.com has a list of stressful life events shows retirement in the top ten causes of negative life stress (see above).  It’s not on the top of the list, but it is interesting to see it rated at about the same score as losing…

Finding (Little) Purpose in an All-Day Meeting

I find myself spending a fair amount of time thinking about how life will be when I don’t go to work anymore with early retirement.  As I get closer to my intended “FIRE escape” date on April 1, 2016, it is entering my thoughts more and more. It is not that I am very dissatisfied…

Falling Toward Early Retirement

While no leaves are changing color yet, yesterday was the start of the school year for our son, who is now a senior in high school. Just as I count the last year of working before early retirement, he is slowly counting down the days and weeks until he graduates and leaves home for college…

Liebster Awards – 10 Questions for MrFireStation Answered

MrFireStation.com was recently called out in a generous posting by NorthernExpenditure.com focused on bestowing the “Liebster Award” on a fellow small blogger.  The Liebster Award, which is a pass-a-long recognition of seemingly unknown origin, is used by small bloggers pay to pay forward a little visibility to other small bloggers (less than 200 followers).  Captain Sparky…

The Dark Dream: ‘Take This Job & Shove It’

“Take this job & shove it!” – that’s the dark dream isn’t it?  The 1977 Johnny Paycheck song captures the retaliatory spirit within us all to fight the ‘man’ and leave work in a glorious rage of independence.  While the song peaked at #1 for just two weeks on the Billboard Country charts, it has lived…