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Old 12-02-2016, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
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I have a retirement date and it is December 23rd. I had wanted to work until the end of March but with having some health issues (not serious) I decided to pull the plug a little earlier. Financially, it does not make much of a difference and we will now sell our house and relocate a little sooner.

The company was surprised when I turned in my letter of resignation and I was surprised that they were, for some reason. At first I need to focus on getting the nagging health problems resolved and then I can get the house ready to sell.

I will be 63 in April, and it's time. I am tired of working and want to get on the next phase. I'll get social security, a pension, and with a modest monthly payment from my 401(k) we will be fine. Better than fine, actually.

This is both scary and exciting. I have looked forward to this for several years now and have every intention of making the best of it. Yay! I read this forum all the time and many of you have been really helpful, and I appreciate that.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:56 AM
 
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congratz
hope you get better to
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:56 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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enjoy
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Congratulations! Although it is a little scary, at least you know that it is time and are not struggling with the one more year syndrome or financial uncertainty. I'm in a similar position and am just waiting until next September when I turn 62 to retire.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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That's awesome! Totally understand about the scary part. But if you are emotionally ready, no sense sticking around. Heal well and enjoy your 'free time'.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Congratulations!!

I want to retire 5/1/2020, 3 months after I turn 62. Thats 41 months away. Seems like a long time right now. Yet I can clearly remember the projects I was doing at work and around the house, in August of 2012 and it seems like just yesterday. WHY IS THAT???
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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Love posts like this--congratulations!!!
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Congrats Camaro5. It is yes both exciting and a bit scary.

I retired this year in March. I had always known that the day would come but I had actually been hoping for next September but last February I got the word that my military career would end last September. It was a shock to my office since my military career was tied to the full time job they were taken unawares too. We were just entering a phase where my expertise was going to be needed. So they set it up so that I got extended 180 days to end at the end of March.

Financially too it would have made a bit more for me to stay longer I had done everything that I had been told to do with regards to finances. We will have my two pensions and we each have a 401k to make ends meet on.

You will come to embrace it. Enjoy while you are able to. Life is too short not to.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Congrats to you.

Today was a very bad day here at work and boy was I thinking of checking out the end of this month.

Was eligible 12/2015 so I could just walk.
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Old 12-02-2016, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
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This afternoon it got even better. I had originally said I would stay on until the 23rd but my boss came to me and said I could leave on the 9th, next Friday, and still get paid until the 23rd. It seems kind of strange, but I'm not going to argue with them. It just means I have less time to get my projects in order and ready to hand-off to the next person, but it's not a problem.

This is actually good because I have some follow-up doctor visits coming up. Now I can make them without stressing about work. Christmas is going to be good this year.
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