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Old 09-18-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Twenty-five years in my final, fast-paced, political/legislative career and absolutely no regrets. I'd originally planned for another two years before pulling the plug but hit the "wall" and opted out. Gave six month notice, which many didn't believe I'd follow through on, and did.

I couldn't be happier or more relieved. Now, three years later it's simply a memory with no attendant desire to ever go back even though some have wished I would.

"You have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em!"
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I know what you mean but the way you stated it is not quite right. Actually, Social Security "allows" you to make whatever you can; you can make millions. What they do is reduce your SS retirement benefits if you make over that annual limit and you have not yet reached full retirement age. However, that "lost" money from your benefits is not lost forever; upon reaching full retirement age, Social Security will re-compute your benefit so that you will eventually get the withheld money back. What I don't know is how long it takes to recoup it.
Thanks for your correction. SS takes $.50 cents of every dollar you make above your magic number. I also do not know the way they give it back to you after full retirement age? It is just easier and fits my needs to call it quits when I hit my magic number. Then I can sit home, work on my hobbies and put on weight until I go back to work!
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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This past July and August, I was going through the usual mess of closing out grants for the fiscal year and trying to start up the new year.

I looked at the other Grant Accountant (just a few months younger than me) during one particularly bad day and said, "Just think, next year is the LAST time we'll have to do this."

We grinned like Cheshire cats the rest of the week.

*******

No doubts at all that I want and need to retire.

To the OP ... maybe you can look into subbing or private tutoring?
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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fisheye, what part time job do you have at the beginning of each year? Part time jobs are hard to come by, and I am like you in that I get just $14,800 or $15,000 from social security. I wouldn't mind a part time job like you have which is limited in length - that's why I'm curious as to what your part time job is.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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fisheye, what part time job do you have at the beginning of each year? Part time jobs are hard to come by, and I am like you in that I get just $14,800 or $15,000 from social security. I wouldn't mind a part time job like you have which is limited in length - that's why I'm curious as to what your part time job is.
susanra,

Actually; I have a job with Manpower working for a large pharmaceutical corporation very close to my house. I have worked for them other times in the past and have a good working record. It pays $15/hour so I am really not complaining. The company, that I do the actual work in, has a program that runs for about the first half of the year - it fits right into my schedule.

I am a retired truck driver with 30 years in the Teamsters. I would like to drive truck; but my union will not allow me to do competitive work in their territory. However; this is easy for me and I can use the exercise.

I donít know what area you live in - but you could try the temporary agencies. They seem to be the only ones that are really hiring right now. I just figured, if I could not make the big bucks, I would try to stay close to home. Anyway; good luck.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Thank you all for responding. I didn't want to quote everyone as then I would have more pages than this thread is worth, so I will address some of you.

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Sounds like you're grieving.."the last this and the last that".
What about the future ? What are you looking forward to once you retire ? Maybe you should focus on that as well as grieve what you are leaving. Retirement is not "the end" but a beginning of your next great adventure !
I do have plans and realize that this is a new beginning for me. I think though. I have come to confuse WHAT I am with WHO I am...and that is a teacher as I have been one now going on 34 years. BUT I am more than that; I just have to get the REAL me out there!!

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If work isnít your thing. Maybe you should be focusing on a hobby or vacations?
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when i left the job, i did very part time consulting work for about a year, but soon felt this was taking more time than i wanted to invest. i am fortunate that things did work out as they have. in the years since i've been retired, i've written and self-published two books, and have begun working 8 hours a week teaching writing to adults in a continuing education program. i never would have imagined any of this when i stopped working at 60, and i have no regrets.
catsy girl
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Is retiring really what you WANT to do? If it is, retirement should be viewed as transitioning to what you really WANT to do...not giving up something. ... So...please ask yourself if you REALLY want to retire and if you have a plan to redirect your energy and interests to other things. You probably have skills that could be utilized in many other ways (volunteer work...whatever). Once retired...many people still have a drive and desire to contribute in some way...and you don't have to give that up.
I am mentally ready to retire as grading and dealing with inane programs/rules/testing we must follow are sucking the life out of me, so I know it is my time to move on. And I do have a plan. I will be living in Belgrade, Serbia six months out of the year and volunteering where I can, then return for the other 6 and sub (with no papers to grade!) along with enjoying my grand children and my beach. And inbetween both hopefully writing two books, as catsy girl, YOU gave me inspiration that it can be done!

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This past July and August, I was going through the usual mess of closing out grants for the fiscal year and trying to start up the new year. I looked at the other Grant Accountant (just a few months younger than me) during one particularly bad day and said, "Just think, next year is the LAST time we'll have to do this."

We grinned like Cheshire cats the rest of the week.

*******
No doubts at all that I want and need to retire.
Thanks for sharing this, as I, too, know I WILL smile when I think this will be the LAST TIME for giving the FCAT test and grading research papers! I guess I do just get nervous at times at this new passage in my life!
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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High school teachers, as well as teachers of younger students at middle schools and elementary schools, can have such different experiences depending on which school it is, how that school is run, what sort of classes they are assigned to teach, the kinds of students who attend that school, and their own personalities and temperaments. For some teachers, the stress is enormous and they can't wait to get out; some even retire early because their mental health is more important than maximizing their pension. Others find what they do so gratifying and satisfying in a very deep way, even though everything may not be sweetness and light at all times. It sounds like the OP is in the latter category, which makes her feelings totally understandable. That makes it difficult to retire, but she is so fortunate to feel that way, as she has had that meaningful career.
You are so right in your first observation. And I want to add that for the most part, one can tell at a meeting who is an elementary teacher and who is a high school one as we NEVER wear apples, or rulers or alphabets anywhere on our person, nor do we talk SLOWLY and CALMLY!

As far as your second observation, I also agree with you. Mental health is the reason why so many do leave, but to be honest, sometimes not as early as they should have due to the money/pension. I told myself that I was not going to EVER be one of those teachers who sucked the life out of their students by boring them to death my last year teaching. I want to go out with a BANG! Thus you are "spot on" about the kind of teacher that I am; and that is why I am having moments of sadness as the days wind down.

Thank you for your comment.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Your profession also gives you the chance to retire in the summer and work in the winter. By that I mean you can start doing some of the things you want to do in retirement during the summer and postpone retirement on a year to year basis. However if you retire, you probably can only go back as a sub.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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For me, counselor education got to be more and more paperwork, less and less chance to see children. They took my class groups away in order to make AYP for reading and math. They gave me more and more special education managment duties. And then they put me in charge of two months of managing the PA state tests. Any deviation from the protocols could be punishable by losing my certificate or formal reprimands, and heaven forbid that I should lose a test. No for me, I put in my written letter on January 2. I was happy to get out. If NCLB hadn't happened I'd still be doing the job that I loved for 22 years.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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Default !

This is just an observation gleaned from the experience of having been married for 34 years, working with several great women and having 2 daughters that are now young women!

I sense that you are ready to retire but you do not want to just walk out the door. Surely all your years meant more than that!!

When I retired after 31 years, I just left (a week early but I managed that!). Its like I never worked there and I had loved my job!

Women don't do that. They have emotions that must be dealt with. Just make sure you have the attitude you will be more than fine! If being retired is not perfect, you can probably go back in some capacity. I know many retired teachers and they are the happiest retirees you will ever find.
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