Never one to leave a stone unturned, this article explores the notion of work as a viable place to make good friends and lasting relationships. Sure, early retirement is a worthy goal and a perfectly sane course for many people. But not all of us have the option to pull-up stakes tomorrow and leave our cubicle situation behind. We already know that most all cubicle work kinda blows. There's a bevy of options to counteract the daily crap storm, but those options tend to be nothing more than bandaids. That's true especially on those summer days when your friends are playing hooky at the lake, … [Read more...] about How to Create Your Tribe … AT WORK
Cubicle Job Survival and Thrival
Supposedly, I'm within ten months of early retirement. Is that exciting? Sure it is! Do I have a clue what my "day-in-the-life" will be when I quit the cubicle? Sorta. But if nothing else at this stage of the journey, I'm fighting some cold feet. Keen to learn about the alternatives to early retirement. Let's face it. Work doesn't always suck. Work sure as heck is a lot harder if you're extremely incompetent, hard to get along with, or wilt faster than a daisy at high noon in pressure situations. And all that aside, we can agree that cubicle work sure as hell beats begging for food on the … [Read more...] about What Are the Alternatives to Early Retirement?
One year left of this cubicle life. This is the time when all of those crazy questions start to pop up. "What the hell am I doing?" or, "This is crazy. I can't afford to lose my paycheck!" or, "I'll be bored out of my skull! Gotta stay sharp. Gotta stay working!" If I'm going to retire early at this time next year, I have some homework to do before I drum up the courage to quit my job. Anecdotal evidence points to a number of early retirees reaching financial independence, only to linger on at their work. Others, like my friends Fritz and Gwen, set their targets and exited stage left when … [Read more...] about Do You Have the Courage to Quit Your Job?
Special treat today, readers! Taylor Landis of Skutchi Designs has the mic. Get this: Skutchi is a designer of office cubicles. Zoinks! Talk about letting the fox into the hen-house... Don't worry, we're not trying to sell you guys new cubes or anything (this is NOT a sponsored post!) But I figured it'd be a royal hoot to hear from a cubicle marketing rep who dreams of early retirement while trying to pen-in the rest of us as part of her day job. Sweet, sweet irony... Taylor, take it away! Retirement. That’s something you think about when you’re in your forties, you’ve worked behind a … [Read more...] about How This Millennial Plans to Survive Her Cubicle Job Years
Not a title you expected? Me either, frankly. But you start to think about certain things when the weekend is consumed by never-ending snow, and you come down with some nasty stomach virus. Monday rolls around, and you're still at home, feeling like hell, and actually wanting to be in the office. With that curious bit of info in mind, let's ask the burning question, "Do you enjoy your job?" And if you do, what will you miss about it, when you retire? Wait a minute! STOP THE RECORD! Did he just say what I think he said?!? An inspiration for this post is a book I'm reading: … [Read more...] about Do You Enjoy Your Job? What Will You Miss When You Retire?