FIRE Milestone – One Year Anniversary of Early Retirement!

Tomorrow – April Fool’s Day, appropriately enough – marks the one year anniversary of leaving MegaCorp for early retirement last year.  The year has gone very fast and filled with a lot of fun and terrific memories. I don’t have any words of wisdom to share other than TIME is the ultimate luxury and the sooner you can reach financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), … Continue reading FIRE Milestone – One Year Anniversary of Early Retirement!

Another Cake? – The Five Phases of Retirement

This is the second cake photo that I have shared in just a few weeks.  As you can see, last week was my 50th birthday and my wife was kind enough to organize an awesome birthday party for me on Saturday night, which came just 19 days after my early retirement party. It has been an embarrassment of riches for sure and I am so … Continue reading Another Cake? – The Five Phases of Retirement

FIRE Milestone – Final Day: Blasting Into Retirement

Friday was my last day at WORK.  My last day EVER.  Just short of 10,000 days since I first started my professional career (about 6,300 work days).  The day had a range of emotions and activities that spanned excitement & ordinary.  The highlight was BLASTING out of the MegaCorp parking garage toward freedom! People have been quite interested on what specifically I am going to … Continue reading FIRE Milestone – Final Day: Blasting Into Retirement

FIRE Milestone – The Glorious Farewell Party

I can’t begin to describe the almost dreamlike surrealness that comes with walking into a beautifully decorated restaurant and reading a BIG banner and cake that say “Congratulations on your Retirement!”  YOUR retirement.  This is IT.  If you aren’t 1000% sure you are ready for early retirement, seeing the BIG cake at the YOUR farewell party certainly will seal the deal. As I wrote about … Continue reading FIRE Milestone – The Glorious Farewell Party