Retirement Officially Begins!

Last Update: June 02, 2019

Well, that's it folks...

Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate, yesterday was my last day on the job and today marks my first "official" day of retirement.

I have mixed feelings. Although I won't miss the job itself, it was still odd to tell everyone goodbye. It was a strange day.

Anyway, we still have a lot of packing to do before our move, but at least I don't have to go to work anymore. lol

One chapter of my life ends, a new one begins. Here's to the new adventure :-)

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jghwebbrand Premium
Hi,

Congrats on your retirement. I can remember when I retired in 2009, and was happy as can be. Now, you can devote all of your energies on making a successful online business to earn additional income.

Here at WA you have access to all of the tools to help you accomplish this goal.

I want to wish you the very best in your retirement.

Best wishes,
George
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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tbowyer Premium
Wow, AJ!

You've reached Xanadu. As a trailblazer. you set an example for the rest of us, and it is so important that we know it is attainable.

Thank you very much for sharing your success with us, you can't imagine how much it means to me to know that this isn't all in vain.

I wish you success in your ongoing adventure., as well as loads of fun and a home filled with happiness.

Regards,
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. I am humbled by your kind words :-)
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SAWalden Premium
Congratulations!

When I retire (hopefully in 7 years) like you, I plan to look at it as another chapter in my life.

I have only one word of advice - (actually 2) - STAY ACTIVE!

Your move will take care of that, at least in the short run! Have fun, travel and enjoy every success here at WA!

Susan
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Will do. Thanks.
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NWTDennis Premium
Congratulations ... I know the feeling. I have to admit that it was nice to not have to get my bones out of bed to rush off to the JOB.

The move back to your home turf should be exciting although I don't envy your move. Hopefully you were not an accumulator during your 30 years in Tennessee so packing includes mostly the essentials.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Hahaha... unfortunately I was, but mostly just books (I have a library over 900 at the moment.) Other than that, though, it's not too bad. It's the 3000 mile drive that'll be the rough part :-)
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Congratulations AJ!

Am I jealous? To right, I am. I officially have two more years before retirement unless I get my act together and get my WA business on full throttle.

With a lot of work and a little bit of luck, I'll be able to bring forward my retirement date.

Enjoy your retirement, AJ!
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. I know you'll get there :-)
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CordeliaN Premium
How wonderful, good luck on the next chapter of your life. I understand there will be a period of mourning....it’s normal, like someone mentioned previously, you are now going to be so busy you will wonder how you found the time..😁

Funny think I was going to post the question on WA community, it was this...one of my goals is to eventually give up my 9-5 job and to work and create income with WA full time. As a complete novice but a determined novice what would realistic expectations be as to when I may reduce or even say goodbye to my current employer?
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.

It's really hard to answer a question like that because there are just so many variables. It really depends on your niche, the potential size of your audience, your skills, etc.

Having said that, however, I also believe in my heart that if you were to work hard and post, say, 2-3 good quality articles per week, you could reasonably expect to reach my level in no more than 1-2 years. It takes time for Google to find and rank you, and really the key is to just be consistent.

Now, I have mentioned elsewhere that I am in no way making what we might call "Donald Trump" money. In fact, many people would not look at my income as successful. But it is enough to cover my expenses and allow me the freedom to do what I want.

I suppose it depends on what your definition of success is. For me it's not about fancy cars or houses or "stuff". I define success as being able to sleep in with my wife, take walks with my wife, browse antique shops and used book stores with my wife... wait... I'm starting to notice a pattern here. :-)

The best advice I can give is to just keep going and never give up. I learned a simple recipe, so to speak, from Jay: Wash, Rinse, Repeat. In other words, write good content, publish regularly, and just keep repeating the process over and over until you get there. It's really quite simple (not easy, of course, but simple.)

Hope this helps. :-)
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CordeliaN Premium
Thank you for taking the time to put all that down. Your idea of success is very similar to mine, I am not looking for a 6 figure income (obviously) that would be nice, but more about paying bills, resting my head on the pillow at night easily without worry, and time.....
I like the wash rinse repeat analogy.
I also think 1-2 years is perfectly acceptable. Anything worthwhile takes time and anything sustainable is not achieved (I believe) in a heartbeat.

I am so pleased for you, it is such a wonderful goal well done.

Cordelia
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks.
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MelWaller Premium
Congrats to you!

I retired on Sept 21, 2014 actually leaving my own Security business. The next day, I was on a plane traveling halfway round the world and now I'm living in SE Asia.

I still work for me, but its on my terms. I love it.

Best wishes to you and yours on the next chapter in your life!

Mel
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks, Mel.

I don't ever plan on "retiring", at least not in the conventional sense. I get bored to easy. I'm not even above getting a part-time job when we get to where we're going just for something to do (or if my wife gets sick of me being around all the time and kicks me out of the house. lol)

But, as you say, this allows me to live my life on my own terms. :-)
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MelWaller Premium
I think "retirement" is more something to be avoided. It's interesting the Japanese don't even have a word for that. :-)

I did take the entire first year off to explore my new surroundings, then my passive income dipped a bit, so I start adding to that part time and built if up good by Sept 2018 so I again stopped working.

In Feb of this year, I decided I wanted to get even more out of life and started blogging on my own.

In March, I discovered WA and realized my blogs were worthless. So I'm back to working full time promoting WA for the next 2 years or so, but the beauty is that I work my hours or don't even have to work at all if I don't want to. I love helping people so this work is actually rewarding on its own.

There are plenty of things we can be doing in life and this gives us the freedom to do them. :-)

Enjoy!

Mel
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EandS2018 Premium
AJ

Congrats to you !
First for being smart enough to join WA and working IT!

2nd Congrats to your retirement! What a milestone !
I’m sure you have been feeling many emotions which are to be expected!

So happy for you and your new chapter in life!
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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kmer6 Premium
Congrats, AJ, for creating your new position as your own boss and having the courage to leave another. I am sure that parting had bitter/sweet meaning to you. I have dreamt of that day for a long time. I hope that I manage to be graceful, respectable and sincere as well.
I am almost 62 so that day of retirement is looming closer by the day. I'm not ready yet, of course, not until I am earning from home at least twice as much as my salary is now. So good luck to you, AJ, and may you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live...
Ken
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EandS2018 Premium
What a great reply
Really enjoyed it !
Thanks
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not making a huge amount of money; certainly not what many might consider "success". But it's enough to cover living expenses, buy me the freedom to do this full-time, and spend each day just hanging out with my beautiful wife... so, for us, we are rich beyond our wildest dreams :-)
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Funder Premium
Much Love and Dreams come thruogh Happy retirement
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks.
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adreyna Premium
Congratulations! Awesome news...
Wish you continued success as you begin your new chapter. :)
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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Shellback Premium
Congratulations...Oregon will be glad to have you back!
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Hahaha... thanks. :-)
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Pedrone Premium
That's great news!:o)
enjoy your new Lifestyle!

and yes thanks to WA!

have a good day
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks.
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jlclayton1 Premium
Congratulations! I wish you wonderful success as you start this new chapter!

Janelle
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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DarrenNicola Premium
That is SO exciting to hear :)

Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family :)

Nicola and Darren :)
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks.
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Sigis92 Premium
Wow thats amazing, congratulations !!!
I wish to retire young as well and I will work hard to get this, your post here just motivated me even more, with dedication and effort it really is possible to achieve your dreams :)
Congratulations again, and enjoy the next chapter of your life,
to new adventure !!
Best Regards
Ziga
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. Don't ever give up on your dream, Ziga, and I know you will get there :-)
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Sigis92 Premium
Thank you , i ll never give up !
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EddieSand Premium
Congratulations! Much success to your next chapter and stay motivated by your passion.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. It's quite exciting :-)
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