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Month: March 2019

Communicating an Early Retirement

I created an interesting social experiment this past Monday at work. I went and disclosed to my boss on Friday that I would be quitting on Monday and not only quitting, but turning in a retirement notice. He's only a few years older than me and we debated if we should or should not use the term retirement. Some people would appreciate it while others may not. I had debated this earlier and even posted the following poll on Twitter.…

Retired at 36

Its done.... The news was shared with the boss and my retirement notice is out and beginning to circulate. This is something many people talk and dream about doing, but few actually go through with it. This dream just became reality and I'm absorbing it all. The next week or two will be chaotic but its both thrilling and a relief to have this out in the open. I'll get back to posting soon. Cheers!

Observations from Fifteen Years of Credit Reports

I've looked at a bunch of credit reports.  Part of my job over the last fifteen years required reviewing credit reports.  Specifically between 2004 and 2018, I reviewed hundreds of credit reports a year as part of loan decision and annual reviews.  This included looking at credit scores, individual line items, lifetime payment history, and providing an analysis on an individual's score.   Patterns started to emerge, patterns I didn't realize until I moved into a management role and found myself…

Take a Long Vacation Before Early Retirement

Today is the fourth installment in a round of posts in the midst of turning in my notice.  For further reading, here are the first three installments: Part 1:  Frequently Asked Questions Part 2:  Opening Doors for Others Part 3:  What about a Sabbatical? Early Retirement/Quitting:  At this point, who knows this is coming? I’ve let a couple of people in on my plans. The list doesn’t make it very far past one hand and I've been very cautious with…

Consider a Sabbatical / Leave of Absence

In the third installment of the eminent retirement posts, I want to address my thoughts around taking a leave of absence/sabbatical instead of retiring early.  I have seriously considered requesting a one year absence as recently as a few weeks ago. My through process may be helpful to others faced with this same decision. Part 1:  Frequently Asked Questions Part 2:  Opening Doors for Others Why I considered a Leave of Absence: Avoiding the uncomfortable explanation others: Having a job…

Career Reflection: Opening Doors for Others

I am approaching the final week before I turn in my letter of resignation and make my plans public. I will publish updates as this evolves, but I wanted to start with reflection of something I realized in my last two years of working:  Focus on opening doors for others.  There were a few specific moments in my career where others opened doors for me: One co-worker was integral in supporting me to a hiring manager that helped me get…

Early Retirement & Frequently Asked Questions

March 2019 is going to be a busy month!  We are two weeks away from the news being out about the change.   I'll be posting more often to chronicle the recent adventures leading up to exiting my employment. I wanted to begin this series with a Frequently Asked Questions, inspired by someone who just went through leaving his job forever (thank you Steve). Who is your blog's target audience / who do you most relate to? Everyone's story is unique. …

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