I had a revelation. A new outlook on life, as it may be. I'm going to do that sneaky thing though and make you wait to find out what it is until you get to the end. Fortunately for you, it's a quick update on how my career and life are going overall.
It's been almost 2 months since I started my new job!
After an initial bout of craziness, things settled down quite nicely. My new town welcomed me on my second day with 10 inches of snow! Fortunately, it all melted before the movers came – only to snow 6 more inches the day after. I only spent 7 days sleeping on the floor waiting for the vast majority of my stuff to be moved in, which in the grand scheme of things is no big deal.
It did take me a long time to unpack the boxes and arrange them better. Since I will be moving again soon (into my very own multi-family rental property!!), I wasn't sure how much I wanted to unpack. A lot of my stuff didn't actually need to be unpacked as I moved into the basement of a fully furnished house. I also wasn't going to be using a lot of it – things like my quilting supplies, most of my other crafting supplies, and other stuff that I should probably get rid of but still want to keep.
Then my sister came to stay with me for a bit over my Christmas break and swept through the place like a tornado with a vendetta against stacks of boxes. If not for her, I would still be tripping over boxes all over the place. But now, it looks great! Empty boxes got flattened, boxes with miscellaneous things in them got organized and packed better, and things were neatly stored away. Seriously a miracle worker.
My housemate and I have settled into a comfortable rhythm. I mostly stay downstairs doing my own thing, but occasionally come up and hang out if I'd like some human interaction. We've even been able to carpool to work a few times when my schedule lines up with his. A win for the environment and my pocket book! It's nice for both of us to have someone else around to do stuff while the other is gone. He fed my cat when I was at Camp Mustache, and I looked after the house and kept an eye out for his online orders while he was in Florida.
Speaking of work…..
I am in love with my new position!! At risk of sounding like someone with Stockholm Syndrome, I am seriously thrilled to have this job. If I have to be working, this is the job for me. I'm up moving around, visiting different floors, talking to all kinds of people, and doing a variety of different activities. Every day is different, and I never know what is going to happen until I get there. I have a very reactionary support position, so sometimes I sit around doing nothing waiting for something to go wrong.
But I'm busy. Because I'm waiting.
The hours are rarely predictable. Usually I'm at work by 7, but sometimes I have to come in at 6, 545, 530, or even once at 345! The great news about getting in super early means I get to leave early as well. Plenty of time to
nap do stuff after work. I like to get in early (maybe not as early at 345) as I am definitely a morning person. The variable schedule doesn't really bother me either since I don't have anyone else depending on me after I get off work.
I mean, the cat does, but all he needs is pets and food unlike kids who need picked up from daycare by a certain time everyday.
Plus: RAISE!? Need I say more?
My team is great as well. They are very patient and supportive while I learn the ropes. Our team dynamic is awesome and very balanced. We each have strengths and weaknesses that play nicely off each other. I can only hope this remains after we add a new team member and manager to the mix in a few weeks.
Perhaps the best part of the new job is my actual office. No more cube farm for me! It's just myself and my immediate team. Nobody peering over my shoulder and no one can sneak up on me since I face the only door way. One wall is entirely made out of windows which is amazing. Natural light every day, the view is amazing, I can keep an eye on the weather, and it gets warm on sunny afternoons.
All that being said, it's not all roses and puppies. I've discovered I've formed some bad habits in the last 3 years. I need to work at being more proactive. I'm more than happy to do things when asked, but I need to work at spotting things to work on and then doing them before someone asks me.
I also need to work on speaking up when I don't understand something. The whole fake it til you make thing doesn't really work here. You either know it, or you don't. Not much room for a grey area.
I'm not a huge fan of the pressure either. The job itself is pretty easy, but the simple nature of the job is deceiving since there is a lot riding on the meetings we start and the equipment we support. This also means I'm on call 24/7 but I've only gotten a handful of calls “after hours” so that isn't really a problem. It just means I get to cart my work stuff with me wherever I go in case someone decides to work and has problems. That would be why you see me carrying around 2 cell phones. At least the work phone is Verizon so I have coverage no matter where I'm at!
After talking with a ton of different people in the FIRE community, both in person and online, I had a revelation. I would be selling myself short to retire at 35. Everyone I've talked to has been much more confident than me about my path to financial independence. Maybe because they're further along on the journey than I am.
Anyways, my revelation is this: My new target date to quit working is 2019! I have some projects I want to see to completion and then I will step away from Corporate America forever (hopefully). That gives me 2 years to start growing various sources of passive income since I won't hit my target number by then.
I am in the midst of starting the process to buy my first multi-family rental property that will be the backbone to my new plan. I will have more details about that in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!
Despite some recent interest from various guys, I have decided to stay with my current plan of not dating until at least the rental purchase goes through and I move. This is not a hard and fast rule. If someone special comes along in the middle of the process, I will make it work since that doesn't happen often (see also: very, very rarely). I really want to focus on getting a good property and setting a firm foundation (hah pun) for the rest of my non-work filled life.
Big things are just around the corner for me! Thanks for following along on my journey!
Any big news or updates from you? Sound off in the comments!!