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How I retired at 38 — and you can too

In 2012, Tanja Hester was a 33-year-old political communications strategist whose father was dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes progressively worse joint pain and mobility issues over time, impairing the ability to work. Knowing she would likely inherit the disease, she and her husband, political researcher Mark Bunge, decided to retire early. Hester and Bunge spent the next few years developing a process for determining how much they would need for a genuinely enjoyable lifelong retirement. In December 2017, when Hester was 38 and Bunge was 41, the couple said goodbye to their careers and set out to enjoy a life of leisure for as long as Hester is able. Her new book, “Work Optional: Retire Early th ...