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July 25, 2008


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Thanks so very much for your blog. My husband and I are also considering early retirement. And I love the honesty and openess in your writing. It helps me to better understand and prepare for our early retirement.

Retired Syd

Welcome Michelle! Thanks for reading!


I hope to retire in less than 10 years and I have not given much thought as to what I will do but I know that I would like to keep somewhat busy. I am envious of you that you can get out of bed when you want, but I would count that choice as a retirement goal also.



I'm so glad that you've written about getting up time. Because of the demands - and craziness - of my work life, up until now I've had to be up no later than 6 a.m. every work day. The habit of getting up that early has trained my body to this ludicrous hour of the day as a reasonable wake-up time. Not so! So far, since I'm only semi-retired for the summer, I haven't been able to change that internal clock. I wonder what will finally click in and let me sleep until 8 a.m.?

Thanks also for prompting me to be ready with an answer to "what are your goals". I agree, the first goal is to move away from goals and to-do lists. I think my answer will be "my goal is to keep stirring things up without the limitations imposed by work." What do you think?

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