I’m a little less than 14 months from my expected early retirement date on April 1, 2016. It’s far enough away that I’m not ready to start talking about my plans at work, especially with my boss. A lot can change in 14 months and I want to keep my options open for as long as I can. That made today especially difficult. My boss … Continue reading Early Retirement – Not Ready To Talk Yet
I had a great day at work this past Friday. There wasn’t anything especially amazing about it, but it was a truly enjoyable day. Good conversation, meaty strategic work, and a fair amount of horsing around. It was the kind of day that makes me say ‘this is fun – why do I really want to retire early from all of this?’ What am I … Continue reading 9 Reasons It’s Difficult To Retire Early
We had some friends over for dinner last weekend and my wife let it slip that I was planning to cash out next year. I wasn’t upset, but it was a little awkward because the husband works at the same Megacorp that I do and I’m not sharing my plan for retiring early with anyone at work right now. Our friends were a bit incredulous … Continue reading Early Retirement – How Soon To Give Notice?
A big part of reaching FIRE is having a plan for the lifestyle that you want after retirement. Many people work “one more year” because they fear quitting the workforce and finding out that they don’t have enough financial resources to live happily ever after. Fortunately, the level at which money drives happiness is (relatively) low at about $75,000. The Huffington Post published this graphic … Continue reading Happily Ever After @ $75K Lifestyle
Tomorrow is February 1st, which is fourteen months from the day that I expect to leave my job financially independent & retired early (FIRE by Fifty). I thought I would close out each month between now and then with an update on my plans and the key activities I am focused on in my preparation. First, I will note that the stock market has been … Continue reading FIRE Escape – Early Retirement 14 Months Countdown
As I’ve written before, I have been fortunate to have a great career that has made saving for FIRE easier than many. Not that I didn’t still work very hard and make strategic choices along the way. One company move I made at age 46, basically made my DW & I financially independent (reached FI) within a year of taking it. I’ve now been at … Continue reading FIRE Announcement – A Conversation I Look Forward To