Roman Holiday In Early Retirement

One of my team members told me today that they are now on their “final lap”.  We were talking about great cities to visit – my favorite is Rome – and they shared their plans to start traveling more in early retirement.  Next year! This person plans on retiring on 5/1/16 after 35 enjoyable years…

FIRE Milestones – Dollar Number or Date?

How do you decide when you are ready to retire?  For some, it is when you reach a certain number of dollars – your ‘F-Off’ number that represents financial independence.  For others, it is a specific date,  Come hell-or-high water, they are going to walk off the job on the date they’ve always planned –…

Kids In School & Early Retirement

I was talking with a good friend over lunch a couple Fridays ago and he mentioned that his kids were still quite young, and that he couldn’t see retiring until his kids were at least a certain age in school.  I often thought about that myself before we retired and ultimately waited until my son…

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…

Magical Escape From Work Email

  This week we are on Spring Break – enjoying the sunny weather in Florida.  When I get back, I only have one week left in the office before I leave for early retirement, so I’m kind of feeling retired already.  Kind of like the ‘practice early retirement’ I imagined when I was home for…

FIRE Milestones – Taking Stuff Home From Work

With just a few weeks to go before early retirement, I’ve started the process of taking things home from my MegaCorp office.  My plan is to take home bits & pieces until April Fool’s Day, when I turn in my badge & laptop on my final day.  It’s a small but meaningful milestone in my…

Springing Forward

Today is the first Monday of Daylight Savings Time which sprang most of the United States forward one hour early Sunday morning.  It makes for one of the toughest Monday morning wake-ups of the year and as it realigns our location to the sun and the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England. This Monday morning also happens…