It was an interesting experience but the formality of giving my 2 months notice was neither exciting nor anti-climactic. Others around me who knew were certainly more excited than I was. I suspect they are just excited for me. When you have been thinking and preparing this plan for this as long as I have it just seemed like one more step of a journey. Of course this journey certainly goes a lot further than just finishing my traditional full-time employment.
It was gratifying that my manager made all the right offers and counter arguments to keep me, but in the end I didn’t ask for the details as this is my plan, not a negotiation, and I won’t be deterred. I really do appreciate the safety net of the permanent job offer in case I get myself into trouble at some point in the future. Several months ago I was having bouts of apprehension about giving up the guaranteed income but I have come to terms with this and accept that there are risks in everything we do, and I trust that I can solve any issues when they arise.