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These people left their jobs behind to retire early — then life got in the way. Here’s how they coped with FIRE plans gone wrong

Maria LaMagna
These people left their jobs behind to retire early — then life got in the way. Here’s how they coped with FIRE plans gone wrong

Gwen Merz, 28, is doing something she thought she’d never have to do again: hunt for a job. Earlier in her 20s, she set a goal to “retire” from full-time work at age 35, but she later decided to move that date up to 27.