(Even though you might be wondering who the heck I am and so likely had no clue that I went away in the first place....)
My last blogging project was Dividend Nomad for 2 years where I traveled the world demonstrating it was possible to achieve a nomadic lifestyle living purely off passive income of about $1500 per month. I wrapped that project up at what I felt at the time was it's most logical conclusion point, riding a camel over the Sahara Desert thereby achieving one of my main bucket list items.
From there I hung out in the UK finishing up the remodeling work on a rental property in Southport for a while before heading back to the good ole USA. After spending a month in Florida I'm now settled in for a stint in Oklahoma City. Otherwise known as world tornado central with it's ice storms, baseball size hail, oppressive heat etc. You name it OKC seems to get it weather-wise, it will likely keep the weather channel in business for many years to come. The excitement of witnessing the extremes of all the seasons was just too good for us to to miss obviously (nervous laugh)
For any early retirement (or FIRE) folks reading this is what happens when you retire for 2 years from your burnt out career to uncoil, travel the globe, blog about it and then have that "oh crap" moment that you suspect you might be missing out on something in the world of employment or fear your resume and skills are getting a little stale and are paranoid you'll never work again.....as in ever. It's called insecurity and yes I had it in bucket-loads but in my defense the current "Space race" in the USA to supply the Space station, carry out Moon/Mars missions also played into my curiosity about the engineering career I left behind looking at the work of Blue Origin, SpaceX, Boeing etc.
So as I write this post I currently have 99 days left of my contract back in military aerospace design and am very excited that as of the end of April I can board the flight back to freedom..! (via Hartsfield-Jackson on Richard Branson's finest old school jumbo's)
Am I ever likely to work in the Engineering industry again beyond this? As I sit writing this it doesn't seem like something I'll want to do. I already have the feeling it will be a case of been there done that for the final time. I started back with some very real intentions, the plan was to consider my 2 year early retirement stint a career break but as it turns out returning to work was just an early retirement break in all reality. Kind of bass ackwards to what I thought it would be, morbid curiosity satisfied within a One More 6months (OM6) timeframe.
Do I regret leaving my retired life for a however brief return to the front lines? In all honesty no. I'm perfectly satisfied that I answered all the unanswered "what if?" questions I had once and for all and am now ready to proceed with the rest of my existence.
From here I just want to see out the remainder of my employment and gently ramp back up with blogging about finances, world travel and the longer term pursuit of leading a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life.
Thanks for reading,