Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. In case you’re just joining us, here’s a little bit about me. I am a single 30-something, openly Christian, hesitantly immigrant-y, human woman. I love watching TV while eating takeout, and I want to retire early. I currently work as a consultant in a tele-health call center making around $40/hr. I started my professional life in 2015 at the ripe ole age of 31 after a few false starts. I spent 2016 paying off about $10,000 worth of credit card debt. I spent 2017 paying off about $20,000 in private student loans; I still have about $300,000 in federal student loans for which I am currently on an income-based repayment plan for the next 25 years, give or take. I started really getting into savings and investing late 2017 when I stumbled upon the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) community. In 2018, I made the decision to try to save for a sabbatical and maybe if all goes well continue the journey to early retirement. Along this journey, I give weekly more personal than finance updates just like this one. Come along with me, I urge you!
Monday – Forgot to eat my lunch today. Don’t know if it’s because I’m so pre-occupied or a bit absent-minded. I think grapes give me gas. Is that a thing? Fructose maybe? Had the best creative high over the weekend. I made a comic and I couldn’t stop looking at it. It’s so beautiful!! How sad it must be for professional artists to create something and not experience overnight fame. This must be what it’s like for new parents, they think the human person they made is the best thing ever. All told, it took me about 8 hours to make 6 storyboards but it was well worth it. The high lasted much of Sunday as well.
Hmm..I’ve been blaming work for all my aches and pains. Maybe it’s my mattress?
Spent the evening thinking of starting a friend letter writing campaign. I’ve been without a regular cell phone for about a year now and I don’t miss it. I wanted more intentional communication. Even email these days is starting to move into the category of long-form text. In an attempt to reach out to old friends, I might start writing actual letters that need to be sent postal mail. I think the idea is good. A good way to ease back into keeping touch without too much “forever” commitment. Hmm, but do I want my old friends back in my life anyway? Or was I just high on tacos?
Tuesday– So I started an application for Doctors without Borders last night. Don’t be too impressed. I’ve been rejected by Peace Corps (Response) and other volunteer organizations. I just need to jump start my life. There’s got to be more to person-hood than parenthood and spouse-hood. I would at least like to be around more like-minded people. North Carolina is a great place to be in your 20s, a parent, or a home-owner. Argh, you see my dilemma. Perhaps the workplace isn’t the best place to encounter stirring drama and new views on the world, but still…
Was feeling good about the application, even day dreamed a little, until I got to the three page self-assessment of skills. Mine was almost entirely blank. It turns out having a corporate job where I sit on my butt all day will not translate well into field work in under-served countries. Womp, womp. Hmm. No surprises there.
More problems with Aunty MERJ. Same ole, same ole. I advised of something in the past that would have avoided problems in the present. She didn’t listen. Now it’s a problem and I have been named the fixer. I’ve detached a bit. Prob the reason I’m thinking more of moving to far away lands. Can’t wait to go home and eat tacos. For some reason re-fried beans are the most delish thing ever. How did I ever forget about these!
Wednesday – Woke up in searing back pain. Felt like I slept on hot coals. Promptly moved bed to floor with vigor when returned home from work. Disassembled part of bed frame that included curved wooden slats. Thinking of spending night in a hotel for some rest.
Have stand-up desk at work now. Now I have pain in shoulders, back, and legs from standing. Can the single girl get a break! More thoughts of leaving to include: Peace Corps Response, Doctors Without Borders, just plain running away, a hotel staycation down the road…
Thursday– Woke up a mess. Slept with mattress on floor. Aunty MERJ’s car was repossessed. And BOA locked me out of her account. Ugh, it’s like the beginning all over again. This is a mess! I’m so out of it. I feel like a zombie. Too many annoying customer service encounters to list.
Gee how is there an ugh even in a daydream. Oh well. The work day is over. Time to go home. Praise the Lord!
TV this week: Cybil, Big Brother, Free Rein, Life Sentence
Takeout this week: KFC?, Salmon and rice from the Korean place