retirement

tomorrow, i will come to work for the last time for a while. after four years with this parks and rec department, i am quitting my job. i am rearranging the priorities of work, play, self growth, and relationships in my life.

work and saving money has been the main priority of my life for the past five years. i have managed to pay off student loan debt, and then save what feels like a comfortable amount of money. i am not ready for full on early retirement, but i do feel that i’ve reached a degree of financial independence. i put in long hours to be promoted to higher paying salaries. in combination with a lifestyle of frugality, self provisioning, and minimalism, this enabled me to save 60% of my salary for the last three years.

i spent the last two months trying to decide what to do with myself post-work. i threw around a lot of ideas – long-distance hike, going back to school, apprenticing at a farm… in the end, i realized that the priorities in my heart are spending time with the ones i love, living a life closer to nature, and moving towards a work life that is fulfilling, sustainable, and on my terms.

to that end, i am going to be spending a lot of time over the next two months traveling, camping, backpacking, and adventuring with siblings and old friends. i am seeing folks i haven’t in years, because work was always in the way.

we are also getting ready to relocate. i have felt called to the mountains for years, a decade now even, and next spring i plan to go. moving north into the mountains will bring me closer to my family too.

it doesn’t feel real that i won’t have to report to work anymore. i don’t really feel overjoyed. i am sad to be leaving work friends and the meaningful projects i have built. at the same time, i know i’m not going to miss the waking up early, the hours and hours at a desk, and the stresses of being an introvert managing large groups of people and staff.

here’s to closing this chapter.

5 thoughts on “retirement

  1. Congrats! Time to refocus and recharge love you! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. I love your commitment and the perspective you have on life. If only others could be strong enough to do the same. Love you! Happy recharging.

  3. Enjoy! Life is fleeting. See you soon!

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