Life After Full-time Work Blog

Learn about preparing for life after full-time work through posts from Don's upcoming book.

#27: Thank You, Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

Best wishes for 2018


Thank you! You have made this website emotionally very rewarding for me.

When you write a book, readers don’t get back to you personally. But with this website, you have indeed got back to me. Some of you have submitted comments. I really appreciate that, as I know it’s tough psychologically to make public comments.  More have contacted me privately, with comments like “Love it!”, “You could have been talking to me!” and “Don’t stop, just keep writing, it’s very helpful!” Thank you very much – this is extremely gratifying, and I appreciate it and am encouraged by it enormously. I’m glad this has already helped some of you in specific ways.

Additional thanks to those who have allowed me to interview you, or whose stories I have cited.  Your perspectives have directly influenced our readers.

This will be my last post of 2017. We’ll skip December 29, and normal service will be resumed on January 5.

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018.



My gratitude!


I have written about retirement planning before and some of that material also relates to topics or issues that are being discussed here. Where relevant I draw on material from three sources: The Retirement Plan Solution (co-authored with Bob Collie and Matt Smith, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009), my foreword to Someday Rich (by Timothy Noonan and Matt Smith, also published by Wiley, 2012), and my occasional column The Art of Investment in the FT Money supplement of The Financial Times, published in the UK. I am grateful to the other authors and to The Financial Times for permission to use the material here.

4 Responses to “#27: Thank You, Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year”

  1. Ed Weinbrecht says:

    I am Cheryl Weinbrecht’s dad. I believe she has asked you to add me to your list and sent your blogs to me. I find them very interesting and informative. I will continue to look forward to reading them. Thank you for doing this and I especially thank you for being such a good friend for her.

    • Don Ezra says:

      Delighted, Ed, and thanks for writing. Cheryl is a dear family friend and we cherish her friendship.

      • Cheryl Weinbrecht Swanberg says:

        Thank you Don. As I prepare to enter the retirement world, this blog has given me valuable insights on how to do this and to do it so I can be financially and emotionally ready and successful. God bless you always for giving so much of yourself to others.

        • Don Ezra says:

          Thanks, Cheryl, this is as close as I get to being speechless! You’re the best, and you deserve the best.

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