My wife is going back to work!

48 thoughts on “My wife is going back to work!”

  1. That sounds like a great opportunity to earn extra income over the winter during the transition to full-time early retirement for your wife. I don’t blame her. I don’t hate my job and I’d probably cave to such a proposition from my company, especially given the amount of begging that likely went on πŸ˜‰

    1. Yup, and that’s what we’re looking at this as…an opportunity to earn some additional money and get some work done that we’ve been putting off. πŸ™‚

  2. It sounds vaguely familiar. When my wife went stay at home mom they begged her to stay. She did for a prearranged three months. Then she left. Six months later she missed work and wanted to go back to something, but she didn’t make that call… Work called her and asked her to part time consul. Ultimately everyone’s happy, but it wasn’t the original plan. Hopefully the visit in Tuscon is enjoyable.

    1. I love the idea of consulting work in general. You get to make your own hours (well, kinda) and work only part of the year while making some damn good money, usually. Nothing wrong with that.

      And Tucson will be nice. Like I said, there are definitely worse places to spend a fall and winter, and we know Tucson pretty darn well,

    1. Thanks Apathy! Nope, she doesn’t hate her job, but she also isn’t terribly excited to go back. This will be a good test for her, though – to see if she really enjoys working. πŸ™‚

      Yup, see ya in the Big D!

    1. Bingo. The freedom to make up your own mind based on what truly brings you happiness, not based on how much money you need to maintain your lifestyle.

  3. But Steve, can you still call this a retirement blog? Kissing. It’s awesome that your wife has the freedom, flexibility, and desire to do that.

    And I can’t imagine a desert summer in an Airstream…

    Good for you and your wife. I look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

  4. Interesting. Keep us updated on how she likes working after a taste of freedom. I imagine it’d be pretty tough to get back into the routine again. Have fun at FinCon. Unfortunately, I won’t make it this year.

    1. Thanks Joe! I think we’re both looking forward to seeing how she likes going back, because this will tell us once and for all whether or not consulting work for her would be any possibility. πŸ™‚

  5. Interesting! I wonder if her company will start to make exceptions down the road so people can create schedules that work for them (and the company!) This sounds like a great plan – because it is YOUR plan. Off to check out Thousand Trails memberships!

    1. It’s possible! But, she also works for a very big and bureaucratic company, so they don’t tend to “progress” with the times quite as quickly (or, frankly, at all) as some of the smaller companies out there. But, you never know.

    1. That’s spot on accurate! We’re looking at this in a very positive light overall. Lots that we can get done. Money to be made. And yeah, Tucson ain’t bad in the wintertime. πŸ™‚

  6. Very interesting that’s she’s headed back to work for only about 5-6 months. I’m not sure there was ever a job I enjoyed enough to go back for 6 months after retiring! πŸ˜‰

    That said, who would turn down $40k? That’s not chump change!

    Keep us up to date on her progress. I’m curious how she’ll enjoy going back to work after the sabbatical.

    1. I’m with you, Mr. Tako. I haven’t held a single full-time job that I’d go back to for six months I don’t think. But yeah, the money will be nice.

  7. That’s awesome! Hey- who says FIRE has to be within a strict set of guidelines to “qualify”. I love your flexibility and the fact you are taking advantage of a great opportunity… see you in Dallas!

  8. Gotta love a nice boost to the ol’ net worth! Thanks for being honest about this, because I feel like too often people think FIRE means you’re done with work for good or that you’re a “faker” if you go back to working for a bit. Stuff happens, but you ultimately have the flexibility to say yes or no, and that’s what this journey is all about.

    1. Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher. Yup, I totally agree. And, Courtney isn’t going back to work because we need the money. She’s going back as a favor to her boss and team – so, that definitely helps. πŸ™‚

  9. I am more curious as to the Thousand Trails gig…is that a annual pass to all of the state parks?

    As for Tucson, enjoy it because who knows when you will be back again.

    1. The Thousand Trails membership is an annual pass, but you gotta buy for particular regions of the country – Northwest, West, South, North East, South East. So, you basically gotta commit to one area of the country for the membership to be worth it in the end. We’re going to try the Northwest membership for next year and spend some more time in Washington (we didn’t get to Washington this year). It’ll be fun to experiment with, I think.

  10. Steve, she’s not the first to take this approach. I have a great friend who was going to FIRE, but agreed to instead take a 6 month sabbatical. He hiked the Appalachian Trail during his sabbatical, then went back to work for 6 months before he FIRE’d for good.

    In his case, the “re-entry” shock was brutal. Hope it goes better for Courtney. No matter what, you now know that the “Real” end is in site, and you’ll bank a bit more $$ over the winter. Good plan, look forward to watching it unfold through your words.

    See you in Dallas!

    1. Yeah, I think we are both super curious about how that re-entry is going to work out. She generally liked her team and the work when she was at it full-time. Hopefully it won’t be toooo brutal.

  11. That’s it – I’m calling the Retirement Police! You’re busted, buddy. πŸ™‚

    Seriously, once you’re FI, you can obviously do whatever you want including work, retire, rinse, repeat. And it never hurts to have an extra $40K.

    1. Ha! Thanks Mr. Freaky Frugal. And yup, that’s the beauty of being FI. You can do whatever the hell you want, often without a care in the world!

  12. Contributing to the good of humanity by producing is something to be happy about. I am on my 33rd year of software development and started liking my field a lot more just in the last four years! I also contribute to open source software. Finally, I cut back a little on investing and my cutbacks were on those mutual funds hat have been doing very well lately. But I invest fully in my Roth. Tucson is a great place. I lived there for four years. Lots of great memories.

    1. Thanks Bill! Yup, being involved and truly producing something of value often does help people feel motivated at work. But, good on you for prioritizing what makes you happy. Ultimately, I think that’s all that we can truly ask of ourselves in this life, right? Happiness?

  13. Great opportunity to get the Airstream fine tuned, and add some cash. Heck if the whole early retirement thing didn’t work out this was a nice re-entry plan, but it’s a great to help the team out once last time and set sail for good.

    1. Thanks Brian. Totally, a giant favor that’s really changing the way we do business. But, I also think it’ll be a good thing. Being stationary gives us time to reflect a bit and pretend that we’re starting over, in many ways, come next April.

    1. Hehe, thanks Tonya. Yeah, it’s not often that we can leave the same job twice. That’s gotta be a unique situation. Hopefully she enjoys her work the second time around! At least enough to get through another five months.

    1. No sabbaticals? Well damn. I wonder what they would say if you just went up to them and said, “Sabbatical, or Quit – your choice”. Of course, you’d actually have to be prepared to quit with that kind of an ultimatum. πŸ˜‰

  14. That sounds like a good plan and gives you guys a test to see how working after retirement goes. Who knows maybe knowing there is an “out”, meaning it is for a finite time, 6 months, will make work even more so enjoyable for her! πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, that very well could happen. We are both anxious to see how it turns out. Will she completely hate her life while working, or could this kind of consulting work actually be something she enjoys? We’ll see! πŸ™‚

  15. Given that she enjoys the work and it’s a one-time deal, it sounds awesome. This’ll give you that much more time to plan on an awesome summer for next year!

    1. Thanks Chris! Yup, she enjoyed the work before she left, so we’re hoping that she’s able to enjoy it after she comes back for another five or so months. We’ll see. πŸ™‚

  16. Not a bad deal at all! My wife basically ended up in the same arrangement. 2 consecutive summers with a paid sabbatical kept her at the company ~2 years longer than expected. She was at the company over 10 years and they were really great about being flexible with her having kids and taking (paid) time off with them, and leaving early every day to get them from school. The extra money was great and leaving on one’s own terms is valuable too.

    We’re kind of stuck in one place for ~9 months per year while the kids are in school, and I’m sort of expecting I might get interested in doing something productive one of these years now that they are all in school all day. So far the productivity bug hasn’t struck but I’m waiting for it πŸ™‚ It’s unlikely to be going back to work, but I might design a course or video series, write a book, blog a lot more, or volunteer at something more involved.

    1. Totally understand your situation and why something like that might make sense. Nothing wrong with finding something to do with our time, even if it’s outside of the house. As long as you enjoy it, that’s all that really matters.

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