Personal growth happens in the most interesting ways sometimes. Since my early retirement journey began in late 2014, I figured it'd be a race to the finish line. Sprint fast to get through the next hellish 5 or 6 years, not caring about being a better employee whatsoever. I was worried I might not reach that finish tape, and get canned for losing focus (or growing a … [Read more...] about How Preparing for Early Retirement Makes You a Better Employee
Cubicle Job Survival and Thrival
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 (i.e., a "tribe"). 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 … [Read more...] about How to Create Your Tribe … AT WORK
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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...] about How This Millennial Plans to Survive Her Cubicle Job Years