Early this year I did some financial planning and was thrilled to discover I will be able to retire on time. Up until then I was hopeful about that, but not certain. Now I am certain. In fact, I have an actual retirement date.
August 31, 2029.
Thirteen years from today!
|Soft and pretty pink chenille pillow|
|Quilted throw pillow|
Thirteen years may seem like a long time yet, to some, but I happen to know just how quickly that time will pass. You see, my youngest will be 13 on her next birthday and I feel like it was only yesterday she was this cute little baby. It goes by really, really fast!
|Pretty handmade doilies with vintage buttons|
I could retire at age 62, if I choose, but financially it makes more sense, as long as my health holds out, to wait until I'm 65. Mainly it is because of health insurance. My employer provides health insurance for me and if I retire at 62 I will not be Medicare eligible yet. Rather than pay for private insurance it makes more sense for me to keep working and keep my health benefits while further padding my retirement accounts.
|Love these lamps!|
|My first piece of furniture - acquired and redone|
I have a lot of plans and many goals to accomplish between now and then. I'm sure this will come as no surprise, but I have a lot of lists written out to help get me their too. Some of those items are checked off and others are waiting to be. I have been plenty busy working on those things too.
|Love this rooster tea towel. Super fun project.|
|I named him Roger|
My plan is to eliminate debt and build up my savings account so I will be ready to purchase a house in the next three years. Then I will be working to pay that house off in ten years, before I retire. The house I currently own will then go up for sale and the proceeds of that sale will be rolled into my savings to further pad my retirement funds.
|... and more pillowcases|
In the meantime I have a monthly budget set up to work on smaller projects to help me furnish and set up my future home. You’ve already seen quite a bit of what I've been working on. It has been super fun and keeps me motivated.
Once the house is purchased I will be working on it to get it retirement ready. Updates, painting, furnishings, whatever it needs to make a comfortable home for an active retired lady. I'm sure there will be a whole new set of lists to help me make sure it all goes according to plan.
|A warm and cozy quilt|
|Another in the works|
I am really excited for my future and I hope and pray it all works as I hope it does. Not always do things go according to plan but I'm hopeful and optimistic. Of course, whatever is meant to be will be as I know I am bound by His plan and not necessarily my own. And that will be okay too.
|Pretties from my collection|
|Love, love, love this dessert set|
In the meantime I will just keep on keeping on.