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Early Retirement Cover Stories

Now depending on your family and friends you might not want to actually tell anyone you are early retired for the first few years to avoid the obvious issue that people will think you are rich.  So in the nature of some fun, here are my top five cover stories for early retirees.

  1. Man or Woman of Mystery.  When ever anyone asks you about what you do for a living just reply “It’s classified.” It will drive people nuts trying to guess it and you can just fail to mention it’s classified by you.
  2. Starving Artist.  Here you take one of your hobbies and turn it into your day job.  You can even play up the whole bit of not making much money at it, but you are much happier angle.  Good categories for this is actor/actress, painter, writer, graphic design…you get the idea.
  3. Consultant.  Now here you can make up any sub category you like depending on your interests such as image consultant (I don’t dress like a slob even when I don’t have to), management consultant (I manage my to keep my spouse happy) or travel consultant (I travel so cheap it would make your head spin).  Just make sure people you talk to know you are far to busy to take on new clients.  You may need business cards to complete this cover story.
  4. Conservation Professional.  You are very skilled at doing nothing or at the very least spending no where near the same amount as everyone else in the room.
  5. Private Wealth Management.  This is by far my favourite cover story, because it’s true.  You just manage your own wealth and that is why you are retired.  Again be careful to avoid taking on ‘new’ clients.  If you really want to feel exclusive don’t even bother carrying business cards to complete the story.  People will naturally assume they need millions before they could become a ‘client.’

So what’s your favorite cover story?  If you have got another idea please share with a comment.

I’m Starting to Not Care About Early Retirement

Yes, the title of this post is correct and you are still reading the correct blog.  I’m starting to not care about early retirement as much as I used to.  Why?  I think I’ve found a job I can really love doing, which for me is a bit shocking to discover.

You see I’ve always considered work a bit of necessary evil in the world.  I do a job to get paid and I use that money to pay for the basics in life and then save a bit for my dreams.  I’ve never considered finding a good paying job that I might actually love doing.  Yet during my last vacation here I’m starting to get a really odd feeling I’ve never had before about going back to work:  I’m looking forward to going back to my job!

For once I’ve actually found a job I might consider continuing to do even if I become financially independent, which to me is really odd find.  I expected to sort of like my job, but to like it this much is really unusual for me.  So the offshoot of this new feeling towards work is I’ve become a bit disinterested in my own blog and the concept of early retirement.  Strange, but true.

I finally get the idea that is you love what you do, being financially independent becomes less important to you.  So my focus really has not been on this blog as of late and I’ve also found working on the book project a bit more difficult lately.  So does this mean I’m going to stop?  No, I still enjoy writing, but I might start injecting a bit more time on some fiction work as well to help balance my interests out a bit more.

I’m not sure what all this means in the long haul.  I’ve yet to think that much about it, but I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts as they develop.

So for those of you who love your jobs, do you care about early retirement or not?  Or for those of you that don’t like your job, is that your main reason for planning early retirement?