Setting a Date ~ making retirement real

I started this blog just over a year ago to share our journey from being two cogs in the corporate wheel to two happy retirees roaming the world with just our backpacks and rolling suitcases.  Since then, I’ve been exploring ways to have travel adventures on the cheap.  I’ve learned about home exchange, house sitting, VRBO and other very interesting options.  I’ve been looking at the pros and cons of living in other countries where we can stretch our small nest egg and still enjoy a high quality lifestyle.   So many options!

But, here’s the deal.  I’ve been looking, reading, talking, sharing, thinking, researching, learning and not actually DOING anything.  I’m still stuck making the wheels of commerce turn and afraid to let go of the paycheck.  I am definitely handcuffed to the security (or illusion of it) and I’ve been hanging on for dear life.  I have horrible visions of hubs and I lining up for the free meal at the end of the month.  At this rate I’ll be 90 when I finally fall over sideways – still at my desk.   I’m wearing FEAR like a big sparkly diamond ankle chain.

So, last week I made a decision.  It’s time to set a date, make it real and make it happen.

It’s time to make the leap…and FLY!  And, it terrifies me.  calendar

And it THRILLS me too.  August 31, 2015 – I’m calling it LEAP DAY.  Now I know I have exactly 782 days left to wrap up this life and get ready for our next act.  Wow, that sounds like a lot, but I know it isn’t.  There is much to be done.  I’m definitely up for the challenge.

Hubs?  He’s already there just waiting for me to catch up.

Tally ho!




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20 thoughts on “Setting a Date ~ making retirement real

  1. Congrats for choosing to leap. Two years and less than one month! Just in time for your first social security check, right? Happy for you.

    • Thanks Astra! Part of me would like Leap Day to be yesterday. But now with a target in mind, we can begin to unwind while I’m still collecting the paycheck. Reducing down to almost zero will be a very interesting process. I guess the house and the cat will be the last to go. We have so much stuff to get rid of.

    • Thank you Leah. It is going to be an adventure just shedding a lifetime of accumulate stuff, selling our house, and charting our course. I think it will take the better part of the next two years but we’ll be ready. I appreciate your kind words.

  2. So true that security is an illusion. Anything can happen at anytime. You have a lot of research and connections to help guide you. You guys will have fun. Love the idea of Leap Day. Great title!

    I can’t wait to see your posts on your summer travels!

  3. Good for you Nancy! I believe I need to set a leap day as well! You are so right, there is only an illusion of of security and this is a mighty decision!
    Life is short so get out there girl and enjoy the adventures!

    • Hi Char! Great to hear from you. I think Les and I are coming through Hadlock at the end of August for a week home exchange in Victoria. Thought we stop a day or two with Dawnie. It would be lovely to catch up with you! Enjoy this lovely weather.

  4. So happy for you, Nancy!! Deciding to LEAP, be it retirement, a new career and/or a world adventure is huge and scary, but I know you’ll love it once August 31, 2015 comes around! Meanwhile, keep making small leaps to be nimble and ready! Cheers!

    • Thanks Kirsten. I’ve seen you leap and fly many times. I didn’t realize that I have apparently been wearing cement shoes and leaping more than 6 inches at a time is a definite challenge. Bet your patootie I’m scared. At this age there is no going back. I’m hoping that is a good thing. Lot’s of changes for all of us these days.

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  6. So exciting…I just happened onto your blog.

    I went through the same process of making a five year plan because somehow it extended the actual decision into the future.

    Well I did it and it is everything I hoped it would be. Just so you know what the future looks like!

    • Hello Kelly, Thanks for leaving a comment and the encouragement. I put a date on the calendar because I was afraid that without a visible target, I would just keep letting time pass and not making the leap. Your blog is very inspiring!

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