Thanks For All The Fish
So this is the last journal post of a whole bunch I've already made from my little part of corporate cubicle farm. Can't say I'm sentimental!
I thought I would leave myself a little reminder of what I'm leaving behind and a glimpse into my own personal work life so far for anyone who enjoys pictures more than words.
So long, long boring commute!!
So long, beautiful downtown Moline walk from the bus stop!! (I will miss this
So long, endless cubicle farm!!
So long, cramped, non-private cubicle!!
Moving on to better things, I have the following now to look forward to.
- 24 hours a day in an environment that is entirely my own to make how I wish.
- Not having to leave my spouse at home alone all day (she works from home).
- Once I have children, getting to be with them each and every day until they annoy the hell out of me and I send them outside.
- Every early morning in my garden, where I belong.
- Joining the 6 figure club.
- No more COMMUTE! EVER!
- No more office politics and bitchy coworkers!
- No more 're-orgs' and 'cubicle farm shuffles' because 'we management, so we can'. I've been through 3 in the last 4 years.
Certainly the most important thing though is NO MORE ALARM CLOCKS!!
Now that I am making a lot more money and am no longer part of Corporate America, I am changing up a few things so I don't start paying more in taxes. I'm already maxing out my HSA and my 401K this year and in the future. I configured my last 2 months of paychecks directly into them and did manage to max them, so this is good because my new job doesn't have 401K until January. I also opened up a traditional IRA for myself and DW so as to knock another 11K off of our taxable income starting this year and going forward. This really has no bearing on our time to retire because I'll be rolling my 401K into the IRA anyway.
Also now that I've gotten my financial future solidified, I'll be resuming my monthly updates again Oct 1. Suffice to say, expenses have been where expected and we are definitely in the "12K annual expenses club" going forward.