I have big news to share with you today. I’m retiring from the day job!
Honestly, I can hardly believe it myself. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. But November 30 will be my last day as a 9 to 5’er.
Most people plan months, or even years, in advance for retirement. They have a target date in mind and they count down the remaining months, and then days, until the big day. They have plenty of time to wrap their heads around the idea of being retired.
It didn’t quite happen that way for me.
Up until recently, I always said that I would work until 65 to avoid paying the high cost of health insurance. After all, I loved my job. It was my home away from home. I had a beautiful office, tasks that I enjoyed doing, great benefits and pay, an easy commute, and co-workers that were like family to me. Why wouldn’t I keep working?
But then the uppermost management position turned over. Things started to go downhill, and then people started leaving. One by one, people that I had worked with for decades were handing in their notices.
The atmosphere has grown increasingly stressful and I have never seen such low morale throughout the entire workforce in all of my 34 years with my employer. It got to the point where the stress was causing me to toss and turn at night, and to dread Monday mornings. When I found myself crying in my car in the Target parking lot over my lunch hour, I realized that it was time to move on. Life is too short to spend it this way.
Fortunately, I am eligible for a pension and Mr. Q and I have been putting money away for years in anticipation of retirement. Both of which will make it possible for me to retire so much earlier than I ever planned on.
And that brings me to the fun part of this post. As of December 1, I am FREE! No more full time job. No more struggling to cram blog projects into the weekend. No more alarm clock. No more commuting in a snow storm. No more feeling inadequate because I can’t meet unreasonable demands.
I am super excited to discover whatever the future might hold, the possibilities are endless. And I’m also really looking forward to having more time to devote to painting furniture, repurposing vintage finds and posting here on q is for quandie!