3 Things I Lust For After Watching Netflix’s Terrace House

So if you haven’t yet watched it, the latest season of Netflix’s Terrace House is available for binge watch. It’s in Japanese with English subtitles, and it’s really good. For those of you who miss the original Real World on MTV before it became too naughty and predictably acrimonious for this elder millennial, Terrace House …

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Sabbatical 2020: In Which I Take Back My Life

Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. I have a lot on my mind at the moment, and this post has been brewing for a while. The initial draft was started earlier in the summer, but the idea of taking time off from work is documented in my personal journal as early as March 2017 …

My Alternatives to Returning to Work After Sabbatical

So for awhile now, I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a sabbatical in 2020. Why not, you say? Well the biggest mental hurdle is that if I waited until 2025, I’d probably be able to FIRE for good. Check out my budget calculations for more details.  I don’t think I’d be able to …

My Back to School Shopping and Life List

My body is rejecting my current level of inactivity. But obviously, like a human, instead of trying to fix the problem, I’m throwing money at it. I love back-to-school season anyway. It’s a new spring so to speak. Historically, I do better with structure and automation. The less decisions I have to make in any …

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Notes on Life | My Week Ending Aug 17, 2018: Corner of Tears, Sleepless in RTP, The Bold Type

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. …

My Bite-Sized Goal For the Fall

So traditionally we check-in with ourselves at the start of the new year. Well, I recently stumbled on Montana Money Adventures’ (MMA) annual check-in post, and it made me reflect on my year so far. She calls it creating your “Best of” List in which she and her family highlight memorable moments from their year …

Sunday Funnies | A Midwesterner in California

Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. The single girl is at it again. This one took a lot less time than a full Saturday. I guess I’m getting the hang of this creating thing after all. These are scenes inspired by my time in California. I love California and would love to return, but …

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Notes On Life | Aug 10, 2018: Crazy Rich Asians, Systems Fail, The Good Kitchen

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. …

Sabbatical in 5 years or FIRE in 10? A Guest Post on Scotch Street

After my recent Q2 financial update, I found myself wondering if I should take a sabbatical in five years or stick it out and FIRE for good in ten years.  Check out my ruminations on this topic here – my guest post on Scotch Street. 3 Quick Facts about Stock Street (the actual name of …

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A Bajillion Tiny Little Indisputable Facts About Life In Your 30s

Turning thirty was no surprise to many, but some of us still struggle. I got you. Here are a bajillion tiny little facts no one tells you about turning thirty. Share, comment, add your own. A Bajillion Tiny Little Indisputable Facts About Life In Your 30s You ain’t got no friends. You go to the …