“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Important Dates


Today my Bride and I celebrate our 13th Wedding Anniversary.


We’ve been together for 21 years.  Not bad for a couple yet to turn 40 🙂

Today crosses another threshold for me.

100 daysof work that is.

The total number of calendar days until I am no longer gamefully employed 151 days.  But when you take away for weekends (44 days), holidays (3 days) and a few vacations days here and there (4 days) I have 100 days of work left.  With our planned departure date of October 14, 2015 (give or take our weather window), I have been planning to work until September 18th.  This will give me 4 weeks to deal with last minute items like selling the car, stocking up on spares and supplies, cleaning out our small storage unit, finishing up those projects that seem to just keep dragging on, etc.  It’s really getting hard to believe it’s this close.

A few years ago, I remember having a conversation with Tom and he told me the last year would fly by.  Man was he right.  Our original plan was to cut the lines on my 40th birthday in late June.  I feel like we would be totally unprepared if that was still our departure date.

When I think about only have a double digit number of times I need to wake up on a schedule to sit in traffic to go sit in a box to earn freedom chips (thanks for that term Capt. Fatty) it is surreal.  We know we will have to work again someday.  Our savings won’t prolong us forever.  But we don’t intend to return to corporate jobs on a career path basis again.

“I went to the [sea] because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.  And see if i could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau [with a slight edit]

6 thoughts on “Important Dates

  1. Happy anniversary!!

    I love how you are counting the days, I did that same “math” myself before I quit. Keith, by your math, has 9 1/2 days left. Woohoo! And yes the time starts flying by as the departure date arrives. We, like you, know we have to go back to work eventually but have a feeling we won’t want the same positions as we walked away from. You never know, but…

    Best of luck with your final preparations!

    Deborah (sv Wrightaway)

  2. Congrats on your anniversary! Love your keep calm sign 🙂

  3. Congrats and nice to see you both yesterday. Phil (s/v Prairie Gold)

  4. Isn’t it a great feeling to know that you can do what you want on your terms.
    Congratulations on 13 years of marriage. That’s a huge achievement.
    Our 10th is this Aug. I hope she can handle a few more boats.

  5. Congratulations Jesse. Glad to hear of others that have been married almost as long as my wife and I have. Seems rare these days. My wife just joined me in the ranks of the gainfully unemployed, and we are finally on the boat and getting ready to head out. Hope to cross wakes with you down the road. Shouldn’t be long now.


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