I retired with a full pension from teaching at the age of 47. I am asked quite often when I started the planning and who helped me.

We plan our daily lessons, dinners, parties, vacations…..Why not plan for our retirement, too?  About 10 years before I retired, I sought the help of the Ameritime of Educator Specialists.  My husband, Joe, and I met with a team of specialists that laid out the PSRS in easy to understand visuals and terms.  The team explained the various options available to me within the retirement system while collecting a complete financial picture of our family.  The knowledge and understanding of these options and our complete financial picture allowed us to start thinking about long range planning and goal setting.  (Possible retirement options need to be examined carefully to see what will fit your life, based on your financial picture.)  I had 10 years to figure it out, but as I always say, “It is important to get your ducks in a row.”  Joe and I created a long term financial plan with the help of our Ameritme / Resource One Control Option Team.  This helped us gain the confidence needed to financially guide our family over the years.  (Please note that we met with our team annually to review our long term goals  and update our financial picture as needed.)

As you know, time seems to “fly by” faster and faster every year. When I reflect on my career, I can’t believe I spent 27 years teaching. Where did the time go? I am thankful for the day of our initial meeting with our Ameritime of Educator Specialists.  Our eyes were opened to a whole new financial world of knowledge and strategies.  We were determined to plan, set, and utilize strategies to gain greater control of our money.  I remember thinking that May 2017 would never arrive….well, it did and we were ready!

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