My decision to retire was a hard one for me. After working since I was 13, work had become an important part of my life. I had several “false” starts, one was just before the market went to pot in 2007-08. Since it was a major hit to my nest egg, I postponed a few years. But last year I was pretty determined to retire in March of this year, and again waited until October 1, 2013. Finally I made the plunge.
During the last year to six months, I spent wondering what I would do during my retirement. Work? Well maybe some later as a consultant. I was considering buying a new home in Arizona near family and moving from Orange County California. I was born and raised in California, but I was ready for a fresh start, a life “re-start”. After much consideration, and knowing my nest egg wouldn’t allow me to travel as much as I wanted to, a friend mentioned traveling in an RV. What a great idea, I love the outdoors, camping, photography and there are so many things I want to see all over our county. It also allowed me to visit with long stays in other areas that my family live in, Arizona, California, Montana and Oregon. With this in mind, my dream changed radically. I now find myself anxious to take delivery of my new fifth wheel and in the meantime, preparing to move out of my current home of ten years. My move will first take me to Hamilton, Montana. That will be my home base going forward during my traveling. I will travel there in early December to establish my “home base”. Then after the first of the year I will purchase my truck in preparation to take delivery of my fifth wheel in February 2014.
I guess that’s the plan, so now I will get to work with all the details of downsizing and finalizing my move. More to come…