INTRODUCTION


There seems to be a scarcity of UK retirement blogs out there (other than those proffering financial advice) and in the absence of my being able to read about other people's experiences, I instead offer you my own "Great Big Retirement Adventure."

My husband (Mister E) and I have moved from the initial concept through the planning stages to implementation and this site is intended to record the whole process. What I am seeking from retirement is now very different to what I thought I was planning and has gradually developed into a quest for fitness and a desire for simplification, with a transition away from both a highly organised lifestyle and the personality traits reflecting a pedantic professional career. Indeed I recently described myself as "a goofy idiot" who enjoys smiling at sunflowers; a far cry from the pre-retirement professional and an indication of just how far I have travelled.

Please visit from time to time and do add your comments. The blog is in reverse chronological order but popular posts and those highlighting our journey are specifically pinpointed below on the right hand side together with a list of topics covered. Alternatively you may prefer to look at the summary or wisdom we have acquired or even our have done list with its retirement atlas and dip in and out of the blog using the links given.




Important Dates

1982 
After 6 years of higher education and training, I began my professional career working my way up to  become an owner manager in my own business in partnership with others

1987
I married Mister E

1991 onwards
I had 2 children, took very limited periods of maternity leave, and acquired a  menagerie of guinea pigs and hamsters, 

2011
I retired from my business and took up a consultancy arrangement with another firm, reducing my hours with the aim of retiring once my youngest ceased secondary education

December 2013
I decided to aim for a retirement date of 30th June 2014

28 March 2014
I forwarded my notice to Head Office, expiring at close of business on 30th June

2 May 2014
Mister E retired

17 June 2014
My retirement party, organised by the team I work with

18 June 2014
My last day at work as a result of accrued holiday

30 June 2014
My official retirement date

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