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I'm preparing myself (physically & mentally) to leave the corporate world and become full time homemaker. I browsed the internet looking for some valuable 'advice' on how to face reality with early retirement and your article came up among others on google page. I am quitting my job as a CEO of a small investment mgt. company at age 43 (am serving 3 months resignation notice fr 6/3/2011) after the job responsibilities became too taxing & stressful for me to endure. Also, the job has taken away my ability to perform my other duties as wife and mother to 4 children well. Nevertheless, the prospect of being left with no 'office work' to do from 9-5 after 21 years is still quite unimaginable for me...after reading your article; it helps to put certain perspectives in place. 1st, I have to get my priorities right!. Family first, personal second. I welcome more advice and words of wisdom - maybe from those who retired early & still have school-going children to manage themselves