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 of single girl life. Come along with me, I urge you!
Monday – Labor Day. Stayed in bed all weekend. Ate lots of chocolates. Ever try the Unreal brand of chocolates. Yummy, vegan (dairy-free for me), and pricey!
Tuesday – Was hoping this week would go by fast. It didn’t really. Oh well. Got shipment of party food but it was spoiled. Luckily, company is re-sending new shipment without giving me any grief whatsoever. Still bummed I missed the DirecTV deals. I was planning to spend all of September vegging out. It’s my half-birthday month so I like to spoil myself with my favorite things – tv and takeout and chocolates of course.
Wednesday – Learned last night there was an entire nation called the Faroe Islands. Did you know that? Thanks House Hunters International – I like to call it research on where to live next. Wide sweeping lush landscapes and sea air. Two to 3 bedroom apartments for $800 to 1200/mon. Hmmm, definitely seems like a chill retirement spot. Too rich for my meager budget, but probably ideal for someone out there.
Thursday – Where has the week gone? Went to Tai Chi class last night. A lot more talking and interaction than I would prefer but at least it’s as low impact as I anticipated. It smells funny. So ready for this week to be done. Food I ordered for my week off hasn’t been re-shipped yet. Shucks! Eating was going to be the highlight of my week. Can’t be too mad, half anticipated this with this business owner. Small business just can’t compete with the convenience and regularity of big business.
Since starting my blog, I am more disgruntled with my job than I have been in the past. The problem with sharing your life with the world or even with another person is that second set of eyes. Your problems get magnified even if only by you. You are now acutely aware of the disillusions and cracks in your life.
You see this all the time with reality-tv relationships. Any hope of repairing damaged relationships is lost when you have 1 million people weighing in and the burden of your introspection is magnified as you now see yourself through the lens of a thousand eyes. I don’t like my job any more or less than I did before I was blogging, but now that I’ve made an outcry of my dissatisfaction I feel this call of action…out of nowhere. I don’t like that.
Friday – Yay, my party food arrived this morning! And the exterminator is coming while I’m at work. Wins for the single girl. Just got to get through this day with no one yelling at me. I’ve scoured the internet for DirecTV deals, but alas nothing. I think I’ll just do the 7-day free trial for my week off. Nothing like scrolling through channels from the comfort of my big girl bed. Finally in the initial stages of getting a more regular schedule, i.e. I’ve written out a schedule. Tried it last night but I was tired and out of it. I know I’m more apt to create in the morning, but I actually want to save my energy for work since I need my work-income to fund my life. Made $10 on Adsense! It was a surprise because I only logged in to see how to make the ads smaller; couldn’t figure it out because what I thought was there to resize the ads wasn’t there anymore. Then the $10 distracted me and twenty minutes went by and I had to get ready for work. Enjoy your weekend! I know I will.
TV this week: Bachelor in Paradise, Cybil, Love Island (UK), The Resident, House Hunters/ International
Takeout this week: Taco Bell ($3), Peruvian ($10)