Hi – I’m Randy, your guide on your retirement journey.
The journey to retirement can be difficult, especially if we don’t plan very well, and can be more stressful if you have a family that is depending on you! Here’s a picture of me – just a regular guy on vacation at the lake. Nothing special, but my beautiful wife, and two kids are. And those two kids are now attending a private college. So I have more to think about than just me, and you might too!
Here’s a bit about my quest for retirement security –
I have spent over 30 years working as a nuclear engineer; I’ve worked for utilities and engineering firms, and even operated my own engineering firm for over 11 years. Over that time I made plenty of money, plenty more than it should have taken to secure a comfortable retirement for myself and my family, so it seemed to me. I had even “saved” some money along the way.
So you would think that after 30+ years as an engineer we would be financially set, right? WRONG.
One day, after fighting through some back of the envelope calculations (on a spreadsheet, I AM an engineer!), I was faced with the glaring reality that we would not have nearly enough savings to afford the retirement that we had dreamed of.
This realization was NOT FUN. Especially since I was already well over 50 years old!
My wife was already working. We took a hard look at where the money was going and found that we were NOT spending extravagantly. So it wasn’t just a matter of “cutting back on things”.
Selling the house and renting, or buying something much cheaper (and moving) would be very painful process. Time was running short – I knew I needed to find a way to make start making some additional money NOW, without leaving my present job.
So how did things turn out?
After months of searching and trying out other money-making “opportunities” (and LOSING money on some) I finally found out how to do it. There was some hard work ahead, but I set my mind to it and was soon through it and on my way to achieving my financial goals for retirement.
Looking back on it, this has all happened pretty quickly. I’ve now retired from my stressful engineering job, am working from home, in a very low-stress “career” that I now enjoy, and hope to soon actually RETIRE EARLY. I’ll be traveling a lot – and enjoying another passion of mine, photography with my instant cameras.
Retire early?? Seriously?
YES!! You can do it too, even if you are MORE “behind the 8-ball” saving for retirement than I was. You CAN do this. Lots of people already are, and there is lots of room for more! Check out the other pages on my website and find out how.
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