Career and Life Update Jan 2017

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.

a snowy sun­rise

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 247 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!

What’s next

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!

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34 thoughts on “Career and Life Update Jan 2017

  1. Whoa, dude, that’s HUGE news! So soon! Obvi­ous­ly you’re going to need to share more of your plan, because you’ve clear­ly got some mag­ic up your sleeve. 😉 As for the rest, love all the updates. So glad your sis­ter whipped those box­es into shape, and even more glad that you’re lov­ing your job. And I admire that you’re focus­ing on ditch­ing your bad work habits even though you have an ear­li­er exit planned now — you know I’m a big fan of not check­ing out ear­ly. 🙂
    Our Next Life recent­ly post­ed…When Loy­al­ists Con­tem­plate Quit­tingMy Profile

    • I will totes share more when it’s ful­ly fleshed out! I would nev­er hold that back from you and the com­mu­ni­ty!

      There’s no rea­son to slack. Who knows if I’ll need to stay longer? I don’t want to burn any bridges!

    • That’s why I wait­ed until I got a bet­ter han­dle at the new job before I start­ed look­ing for rentals. My plate would’ve been way too full and I wouldn’t have been able to devote 100% to either cause. Thanks for com­ment­ing!

    • I will be more than hap­py to share when it’s fleshed out bet­ter! Right now it’s in pen­cil and full of cross outs lol

  2. Hav­ing a sup­port­ive team at work is cru­cial to a good expe­ri­ence. I’m lucky enough to feel the same way about my cowork­ers as you (although I’m still lost in the mid­dle of a cube farm). Also: “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’m with you there. I try to work on that all the time.

    2019 sounds awe­some! Con­grat­u­la­tions! So does buy­ing the rental prop­er­ty mean you have long term plans to stay where you are now? Or is it some­where else? I have aspi­ra­tions to have rental prop­er­ties too, so I look for­ward to hear­ing about your expe­ri­ence.

    FYI (I know I’m still new here, so not big news) — I recent­ly decid­ed to start a blog about my own path to FI, so I hope to be able to be a more active part of the FI com­mu­ni­ty in the future. I won’t launch until sum­mer though, so no imme­di­ate news.

    • My last team was incred­i­bly tox­ic and active­ly work­ing against help­ing me suc­ceed in my career. Hav­ing this team on my side is like a breath of fresh air. They’re so great!

      I will be buy­ing these prop­er­ties and stay­ing in the area for the fore­see­able future. I don’t intend to stay here for­ev­er, so I will be using a PM.

      Good luck on the blog! I look for­ward to see­ing it live! Write as many arti­cles as you can until then. It’s good prac­tice 🙂

  3. Oh man, look at that snow! I can’t imag­ine liv­ing some­where so cold (all I’ve known is good ol’ hot Texas). Con­grats on that mul­ti-fam­i­ly rental! That’s going to be a great source of pas­sive income.

    Woaaaah, that’s an insane work sched­ule though! It’s nice that they at least bal­ance it out with let­ting you leave ear­ly, but wowza. But I’m sure the nice raise makes it less annoy­ing. 😉

    Yay yay yay for a 2019 FIRE date!!!
    Mrs. Picky Pinch­er recent­ly post­ed…How A $7 Plan­ner Saves Me Thou­sands Every YearMy Profile

    • Fun­ni­ly enough, those two back to back snow dumps were the only sig­nif­i­cant snow­falls we’ve seen! Every­thing else has basi­cal­ly only been flur­ries.

      I don’t think it’s super insane since I’m a morn­ing per­son. I def­i­nite­ly don’t mind get­ting up that ear­ly. As long, of course, I get to leave equal­ly ear­ly!

  4. It’s great you real­ly like your job! Inter­est­ed to learn more about your future plans. I’ve been think­ing a lot late­ly about pulling the plug before FI and work­ing on more inter­est­ing projects. Once you get a lit­tle nest egg squir­reled away, it’s crazy how hard com­pound inter­est works for you as long as you aren’t pulling mon­ey out.
    Fer­vent Finance recent­ly post­ed…Time, the Ulti­mate Com­mod­i­tyMy Profile

    • Exact­ly! A mix of entre­pre­neur­ship and FI. The per­fect com­bo. Good luck! Your job would be even more dif­fi­cult to stop doing.

  5. 2019? What is your tar­get “walk away” num­ber? (if you don’t mind one ask­ing.)

    My tar­get is 1.5 mil­lion and my tar­get date is ~end 2027.… Con­sid­er­ing my start­ing point last sum­mer was -80k, I don’t feel too bad about that.

    • My num­ber was orig­i­nal­ly $567k, but I decid­ed I’m going to fast track it and not wor­ry about the over­all num­ber any­more — just about the income stream com­ing in.

  6. Wow, 2019!! How excit­ing. Real­ly pleased you’re enjoy­ing the new job and can’t wait to see the pur­chase of your prop­er­ty play out. Being Aus­tralian, we have a real­ly dif­fer­ent prop­er­ty mar­ket so I am always com­plete­ly enthralled with the USA one. Good luck!!

    • Prop­er­ty in Aus­tralia in INSANE. My sis­ter lived in Perth for 10 years. I couldn’t believe the costs! (Of every­thing, real­ly, not just prop­er­ty.)

    • Lit­er­al­ly every­one scoffed when I said 35. They all seemed con­fi­dent I’d be done before that, so why not try to make it a real­i­ty? Worse case sce­nario is still 35 lol

  7. Oh you tease! Have you found a prop­er­ty? I can’t take the sus­pense! Good for you for mov­ing up your goal. You are lucky to have a ton of tal­ents that you can cul­ti­vate into ER!

    I save more and more (I’m into the sev­en fig­ures), but I don’t have a great source of pas­sive income (just one rental, and while it pays for itself it’s not a huge mon­ey­mak­er) so I slog away. Seem­ing­ly end­less­ly!

    Can’t wait to hear more!!

    • I have my eye on a few prop­er­ties but noth­ing offi­cial yet. My real­tor and I are going to go look!

      Even if the rental streams com­ing in aren’t quite enough to cov­er my costs, I will be doing oth­er things to earn mon­ey. Things that are way more fun to do than work an office job all day long!

  8. Wow — best of luck, Gwen! You know you’ll have an entire com­mu­ni­ty cheer­ing you on.

    I’ve got my own big, auda­cious goal that I’m work­ing on, but am afraid to post about it because then I’ll be account­able. 🙂

    • That’s exact­ly why I’m post­ing my plan.… I want peo­ple to chal­lenge me. Find the holes in my plan. Make it sol­id. It’s going to hurt a bit, but I’d rather hurt now than lat­er when there’s more at stake. Thanks for com­ment­ing Ty!

  9. Two years! Jesus that’s ambi­tious. And I think you can do it. I real­ly look for­ward to fol­low­ing your blog through this whirl­wind.

    I hope you pull it off to. I was aim­ing for FIRE at 35 (we’re about the same age I think) and you seem to be doing much bet­ter than me! If we had the same goal date, I was wor­ried about me hit­ting it. If you can do it in two, it gives me far more con­fi­dence that I can do it in nine.

    • It’s def­i­nite­ly ambi­tious! Good news is even if I don’t make it in 2019, I’ll for sure hit it short­ly after that.

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