Psst. This is the only post this week, there’ll be no post next Monday (Christmas), but there WILL be a new post on Wednesday, December 27, with our financial wrap-up for the year, and the first January post will be on Wednesday, January 3. Normal Monday-Wednesday schedule resumes January 8!
Today we’re waking up without an alarm, whenever we feel like it. Mark won’t groggily dial into staff meeting at 6 am Pacific. I won’t spend a half hour answering work email on my phone before I even brave the cold and get out of bed.
It’s Monday, we aren’t working, and we aren’t on vacation.
While we wouldn’t proclaim to know what early retirement feels like just yet, we’re about to find out, because we reached our goal. Now, our next life begins!
The last lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original one from the 70s, not the weird remake with Johnny Depp) keep running through my head:
Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
While it’s too soon to know if we will live happily ever after — heck, the markets could wipe us out tomorrow