Coming soon to a city near you: Us! One year out

39 thoughts on “Coming soon to a city near you: Us! One year out”

  1. It’s not an early retirement date but a finally-being-self-employed date: December 31, 2016. I might stick around a little longer so I can get my paid holiday of New Year’s Day. We shall see. 2016 should be epic for both of us! Good luck!

    1. Congrats, Marc! That’s just as important of a date in my book because it completely changes your lifestyle to something that truly makes you happy. The autonomy of working for yourself is tough to match. 🙂

  2. I’m glad you decided on dates! Oct 7, 2017 for us. When will you return to Tucson after lift-off? We hope to visit our niece and husband in Sahuarita in 2018. They relocated for his residency with U of A.

    1. Excellent, Mrs. Groovy! For some reason I thought you were retiring in 2016, though, not 2017. Did you mean 2016?

      Good question about when we will return to Tucson. We will probably still be here when I retire because my wife will be finishing out her stint at work, but once February rolls around, we’ll be off. We’re toying with the idea of spending the summer in the Colorado area – somewhere relatively close to AZ for the first year. But, that is still up in the air, so we’ll see. 🙂

    1. It is awfully empowering to have something as specific as a date to aim for. Unless something catastrophic happens, this date ain’t changin’, either! 🙂

  3. No specific date yet, but likely spring 2017. Hard stop in January 2018: will travel for 6-8 months with my wife and a couple of friends mostly in Europe.

    1. Very cool, Jack! That’s pretty darn close, and it sounds like you’ll be starting out with a bang by traveling Europe. We do plan to hit Europe one of these days too, but after we spend some time traveling the U.S. first to get the hang of our budget and how things are gonna work.

  4. Congrats guys! I’m still so far away from FI that i try not to concentrate on the exact date or year. Even one little variable change could move it a year or more. I hear you on the net worth department. I’ve been shoveling in money yet my net worth goes down. This is less of a problem for me though since I still have probably 10 (hopefully less) years of contributions going to my accounts, LONG TERM VISION baby. Happy Holidays!

    1. Happy holidays right back at you, Fervent! I’m looking forward to hearing about your future plans – I understand those might entail a move away from NYC. That should make for an interesting year for you as well.

  5. Congrats on setting the date (for both of you)! No date is set for us as we have only just begun thinking it is a possibility (and I have completely gotten my wife on board yet). Once the time comes, if you find your way to North east Wisconsin, let me know!

  6. Maybe you should move it to Jan 2017. I’m guessing you’ll get Xmas and New Years paid plus a few more vacation days. And this is usually a slow time of year without having to do too much work. Come on Steve, you gotta get over on the man one more time!

    1. Ha! Yeah, it may end up working out that way. My last day of WORK will be December 23rd, but I may officially remain an employee through year end. My company sometimes does things weird, though, so I’ll have to find out for sure how all that will work out from a bonus perspective! 🙂

  7. Congrats on setting a date!

    I’m still almost 10 years out but have a plan in mind: a friend and I have talked for years about going to Australia for our 50th birthdays so my plan is to make the vacation an extended one and not return to work after. That would put me at about Sept/Oct 2026.

    If things go better than I expect, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to retire sooner!

    1. Thanks Kate! Love the idea of making your Australia trip coincide with your escape date from the working world. That would be one heck of an exciting trip! 🙂

  8. Well, given our late start and the health problems that got in the way (me) and get in the way (husband) of earning, I may never be able to retire. But that’s okay because after years of trying to live on $700 from the government, I like getting a paycheck. That said, I hope to be able to go down to part-time as I get older. No firm date there, though.

    But enough about me. Congrats on setting a date. Or dates, rather. The next two years are going to be so exciting (and nerve-wracking and tiring but… exciting!) for you guys!

    1. Thanks Abigail. Nothing wrong with going part time, as that kind of job still allows you to pursue what truly makes you happy without spending 40 hours (or more) of your life each week at work.

      Exciting, nerve-wracking and tiring are three very appropriate adjectives to describe the near future for us. 🙂

  9. Good to have a goal and end date in sight. That is awesome! One year of erratic stock market behavior should have no influence on financial freedom. Looks like you’re there. Hope you have a good 2016 with lots to look forward to.

    1. Thanks Maarten, appreciate the kind words. It’s true, the market’s volatility isn’t effecting anything for us. We are pretty darn determined to make this happen on schedule, even if we have to make some leaner lifestyle decisions down the road, if need be. Come hell or high water, we’re gonna make it happen! 🙂

  10. Congrats Steve!

    On my way for big life changes by the end of 2016 too! For me the choice will be highly dependent on what the stock market decides to do next year though. Good market == jump into the self employed world. Bad market = keep the corporate job for one more year. At least that’s the plan for now, until it changes again.

    1. “…until that changes again.” I hear you, big time. Things seem to change all the time, but usually I’ve found that things change for the better, not worse. Looks like whatever happens, positive changes are on the horizon for you as well. It’s gonna be an exciting year or two for both of us it seems! 🙂

  11. We are right there with you Steve. Dianne’s date is 11/4/16 and mine will probably be the next re-org. (We tend to have 2 – 3 a year anymore)

    If I make it that long, I could possible hold out to Courtney’s date in February. Once Dianne stops we will be able to travel and camp regardless if I am working or not. The good news regarding my job is it flexible and location independent. That gives me options. You of course have those options too.

    Hey – maybe we make the PhoenCon16 date the day you have reached escape velocity from your employer?

    1. Thanks Bryan! Best of luck in the re-org – and maybe you’ll be one of the “lucky ones” and get laid off with a severance package. 🙂

      And yup, PhoenCon16 will probably be the time where I’m pretty much done and most likely mentally checked out of the place! Lol.

  12. Picking THE date was a big milestone for us. We picked it about 18 months ago and are just about 3 months from the date now: April Fool’s Day 2016. That date works for a number of reasons including annual bonus payout, proximity to my 50th birthday (two weeks later), and warmer weather months. It’s also a Friday which seems perfect. I think you’ll find that have the DATE makes it a lot more real for you. In fact, our date happens to be exactly 100 days from today.

    1. That’s an awesome date to pick, MrFireStation, and congrats for being so darn close to your escape date. Counting down the days in the double digits, rather than triple, is an awesome feat. I’m looking forward to doing the same thing. 🙂

  13. We haven’t yet – I think we are still too far out. Currently we are thinking the first week of August 2017. Mr SSC has to work until July 2017 to be vested at his company, but he turns 40 in mid-August 2017, so that first week of August is our goal- because it would be cool to say we retired before we turned 40!!!!

    1. I definitely agree, Mrs. SSC – getting that retirement date in before 40 will be an awesome achievement. You can just say, “Yeah, I retired in my 30s.” and have it be true! 🙂

  14. Congratulations on setting your dates! I had no idea about the SS credit situation so I took the few minutes to follow your links and create an account. Thanks so much for the wealth of information (as usual). I hope you all enjoy your holiday just a little bit more now knowing your dates!

  15. December 23, 2016 — it’s so soon! And even Courtney’s February 2017 date will be here in no time. The more we think about it, the more we feel like we need to ride it out until bonus time at the end of 2017, and give notice after we get our bonuses. We’ll probably need to give six or eight weeks notice, which would put our actual quit date sometime around February 15, 2018. (Of course, we’ll be checked out for that last portion!) But if next year’s bonuses exceed this year’s, then who knows — maybe we’ll move that date up!

    1. Hey ONL – yeah, I can definitely see the wisdom in working through 2017 to get your end year bonuses. After all, another $30, $40 or $50k (or whatever you guys get!) might be another year’s living expenses, and in the greater scheme of things, another few months probably won’t effect your happiness that much anyway. 🙂

  16. Congratulations on setting a date! I’ll be eagerly counting down with you 🙂

    I love your perspective on the impact of the market and your exact net worth when that retirement day comes. As I get closer to handing in my notice, the risk-averse voice in my head occasionally starts panicking (usually waking me up around 5 o’clock in the morning) about whether or not I have enough, whether this is the right decision, etc. I’m going to have to make this my new mantra: “As flexible people willing to do what it takes to start into a life of full time travel and exploration, we are confident and willing to do whatever it takes to see it through.”

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