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 enjoy 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 – Worked 8 hours. Then spent 8 hours on one blog post! The post itself probably only took about 40 minutes to 1.5 hours but I wanted to add a lead magnet and I could not get MailChimp to cooperate. And the next thing I knew 8 hours had gone by; it was 5a; and I was at the same place I started. I would like to get better at recognizing these senseless rabbit holes. I had set a timer earlier that evening for 60 minutes on Rockstar. Then it was just going to be another 60 minutes on the blog post. That came and went! The glorious life of a non-profit blogger! Anyone have a more intuitive email service than MailChimp? I am just not a fan of the double opt-in. I don’t like it as a reader and I don’t want to put future readers through it.
Tuesday – Worked 8 hours today. Saw a note to myself from May 2018 that said I was DEFINITELY going to go on a six-month sabbatical starting Oct 2018. Ha! If old me could see me now.
Wednesday – Should it hurt this much to get through the day. Haven’t gotten through as much television watching as I thought I would this week. I feel completely insulated from the fact that Hurricane Florence occurred in my state. It didn’t affect me personally and I barely noticed any changes in the weather. I used to think I would want to volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Relief when I leave the workforce, but now I’m not so sure.
Thursday – Went to Tai Chi last night. So many words. I thought it would be a bit more mindless and I’d get a good stretch. I’m just a bit more achy in actuality. Put myself out there on Rockstar Finance Forums to announce a 10 day blogging challenge. Feeling very exposed. Zombie-me has returned. Haven’t got much TV in this week. Womp, womp. Don’t know why I decided to challenge myself to grow the blog this month. Was planning to relax and enjoy television shows.
Friday– Oh, glorious Friday! I spent way too much time on blog tasks this week. I only budgeted 2 hours a day…but two hours tended to bleed into three or four hours, eight hours one night. First complete week of my new schedule. I will say having leftover food from my vacation last week helped make dinner time a little easier. Less stress trying to cobble together a nutritious meal after a full work day. That’s it. Another ordinary week in the life of a single girl!
TV and Takeout
TV this week: 90 Day Fiancé, Alone Together
Takeout this week: $11 (Peruvian chicken + rice)
How was your week? What are some things you feel insulated from?