I’m Done Working, Now What

Chile Countryside

I usually don’t make it a habit to post on Friday evening, but I had some free time (which has been rare lately) and wanted to give you all a quick update.

My last day at work came and went last Friday without much fanfare or celebration.  After saying my goodbyes, I had to wait a couple hours for my manager, who was tied up in meetings, to take my badge and escort me to the front door.  This gave me time to hit up the gym one last time so I didn’t mind.

I enjoyed a nice happy hour with a small group of coworkers the evening prior.  According to Mrs. DTG, I may have enjoyed it a little too much, but what can you do?  😉  It was my third happy hour since early July, each with a different group that I’d worked with over the last two years.

There hasn’t been much time to enjoy my newfound freedom.  We’re fully entrenched in moving mode and have stayed busy making sure everything is taken care of before we leave the states.  As you can imagine, there have been some hiccups along the way.

We realized last weekend that we lost the title to one of our cars.  That’s not a good thing when you need to sell them by the end of the week!  Fortunately, we were able to get a duplicate title in time, though it set us back about $200.

Even worse, we still haven’t closed on our house yet and we leave the country on Monday!  We were originally supposed to sign the house over at the beginning of the week, but the lender has been waiting for the clear to close authorization.  Everything is fine with the financing side, so there’s no chance of the deal falling through.  Instead, the delay is related to paperwork surrounding the VA appraisal, which was accomplished before we went to Chile last month.

The clear to close finally went through today and we’re hoping to sign our side of the paperwork this weekend or first thing Monday morning.  If not, we have to get a power of attorney and have someone else sign for us.  What a nightmare!

What’s Next?

As I mentioned above, we will arrive in the UK early next week.  Can you believe it?  The first few weeks in our new country will likely include a lot of house hunting, school prep for the kids, and base in-processing.  I’m hoping that we’ll be completely settled in by the end of September.

Now that I’ve seemingly reached my early retirement, you’d think I’d be content not working and pursuing other things instead.  After all, isn’t that what this blog is about?

Interestingly enough, I’ve found myself looking for more work.  Don’t worry though, I’m not going back to the daily grind!  Still, I’ve been actively seeking out unique opportunities that would have me working on a periodic or part-time basis.  A couple of these possibilities look very promising right now.

My hope moving forward is that I can make about $25-30K per year working part time, much of that will be through my reserve job.  This should give me the flexibility to work on some of my side projects without the need to bring in extra money.

As of today, it looks like the next time I’ll be working will be toward the latter half of September.  To make it a little more interesting, it’ll involve a week-long trip to Germany!  Can’t complain about that or six weeks off between now and then.

Next week, we’ll have another guest post from one of our favorite bloggers.  Stay tuned for that and updates about our move!

By the way, the picture at the top of this post is of the Chilean countryside.  What a beautiful country!  We had such an amazing vacation and I hope we can post a trip recap soon.

7 thoughts on “I’m Done Working, Now What

  1. Mr. PIE says:

    Congratulations and hooray!

    As someone who made a move from the UK to US back in ’98, I look forward to hearing all about your transition the other way and what you find surprising, fun and different.


    • Ditching the Grind says:

      Thanks! I’m sure we’ll be writing all about that over the next few months. That must’ve been an interesting transition for you guys as well. We haven’t even left yet and it’s already caused us to look at things differently and consider ways of life we hadn’t thought about before.


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