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 – It was a bittersweet weekend. If I’m counting my blessings, I was blessed to have housing, food, electricity..etc. It was a bitter weekend because I spent all of it recovering from the physical pain of the week. I could not sit at all. I spent all of Saturday and all of Sunday alternating laying on my back and laying on my stomach. Toileting was fun. Eating was also in bed on my stomach. There were a lot of tears. A lot. I regret my surgery. I traded one problem for twelve more that will now likely linger forever.
Tuesday – So many time-out from work scenarios playing around in my head. I started with taking a reckless 6- week personal leave of absence; then just resigning; then resigning and asking to go to part time (2 days a week); to seeking FMLA; to now thinking of ideal scenario: 6 weeks off + 2 days a week for up to 6 months while seeking another job with no customer service and work from home possibility preferably at same or higher salary.
Wednesday – Started morning off in tears, per usual it seems lately. Ugh, this again. Went to same day doctor’s appointment to address this ongoing butt pain and was frustrated that I couldn’t ask for what I really wanted. I burst into tears twice during appointment and they tried to prescribe me an anti-depressant. Ugh, this is my life. All I want is a doctor’s note so I can take some time off work.
Thursday – Yesterday was not a great day. Have drafted resignation letter. Took the day off to think about it and my butt still hurts. It’ll take me another 7 days to get over the emotional debacle that was yesterday’s office visit. Hadn’t thought about blog since Sunday and after 7p took a quick gander. Haven’t missed much. Didn’t do any of my blogging challenge this week. Took a sick week off from the blog.
Friday – Yay no granulation tissue, so maybe my 30 days of going gluten free worked! Today’s doctor’s office visit was a mild success. Praise be! Of note, Murphy Brown premiere from last night was awesome. Hillary Rodham Clinton was on it and her bit was gold! #youcouldahadme Thought more about applying for Catholic Relief Services. Am terrified about taking off 6 months from work. Sought forbearance on my loans just in case I go through with this. More Aunty MERJ stuff popped up that I had to do. Started some of those tasks but have follow-up calls to make. Always follow-up calls!! Tuning out for the weekend, gonna catch up on some On-Demand.
TV this week: Murphy Brown, House Hunters, Cybil, Married at First Sight
Takeout this week: $0