Hello! And welcome! We are David and Katie, the think-tank behind Not Quite Retirement. We both recently left the corporate world behind and hope to begin to stray away from using corporate language – like “think-tank”- as our time here goes on. We have decided to slow our lives down and want to bring you along with us.
Quitting Grown-up Life
Dave and I met at work, as grown ups. Our cubicles were located next to one another in a call center for a reputable discount broker/dealer in Colorado. As we began dating, our careers grew. He leaned toward wealth management, I toward risk management.
Our incomes grew and we began putting away some savings. (Ok, this is a lie. Dave has always been great at saving, and I mean great. I had a condo’s worth of student loans that I needed to pay down while still growing some savings. Let’s just say I was a bit behind.)
After a few good investments, a total pay-off of debt, and some serous soul-searching regarding the Denver and surrounding area’s housing market, we decided to quit our jobs and move to Boise, ID.
I know what you are all saying: “Why Boise?” Everyone we knew asked us that. And I’d love to tell you, but I love Boise even more and don’t want to entice too many people to discover our secret.
Half an Acre in Town
We bought a fixer-upper house that we semi-affectionately call “The Blue Beast.” We have updated the lower level living space into an apartment for Dave’s mom, while we reside on the upper level where the walls…and carpet…are pink. It’s a work in progress.
The Beast sits on a half an acre. We have a shed in the back that we’ve converted into a chicken and duck coop. We’ve never had chickens or ducks before. (Oh what we have already learned.) We have ample room for a yard for our dog, Porter, and our cat, La Vie, as well as what I hope will be a large garden.
We are pretty close to downtown Boise which allows for a ton of going out and exploring. We will need to watch our budget being this close to amazing restaurants and breweries. Luckily there are a lot of free activities near us as well, like fishing…. and fishing.
Needless to Say
So after a string of life-changing decisions, we now live in a new city, in a house that needs a ton of work, on land that we needs landscaping, so we can grow our own food, with chickens and ducks. All I can say is thank God Dave is so handy, because I don’t think we could be any more over our heads!
Please join us in our journey of self-imposed chaos so that if you choose to do the same, your journey may be a bit less chaotic. We will be posting stories of our successes, defeats, and learning lessons as we go. Feel free to post any questions, comments, suggestions, or encouragements below.
Here’s to our Not Quite Retirement.
Katie (and David, even though he is working on the roof as I type.)
Founders of Not Quite Retirement