Life & ERE
Well, it’s been a bit of time since I resigned (I'm honestly not sure how much time while I write this
, life is rough). While nothing materially changed, because I hadn’t been working since the beginning of May. The decision had brought about quite a bit of anxiety. This anxiety level has been slowly decreasing. Part of this was just the newness of actually being unemployed, part of it was that I knew I had fundamentally made a decision to switch strategies in life.
Even at half-time, I had so much income slack that I could basically do whatever I wanted. This, in concert with treating my time off more as a temporary vacation to recharge for the next work period vs longer term lifestyle, was holding me back from making some structural changes. I’m not going to get into all of the details, but I’ve begun looking at things like food, travel, and entertainment from a personal sustainability standpoint (housing and transport are basically solved problems for me at this point). It’s kind-of hard to describe what’s going on in my thought processes. Things I used to read on the forum, like people making their own this or that, which I thought was a waste of time because it only saves you a few bucks, have suddenly become interesting to me. Not because they save a little money, but because I want to be able to do them. And let’s face it, I have the time. Some of these activities are a bit tedious, so once I learn I can do them “good enough”, they fall by the wayside. Others I actually enjoy, so I’m trying to incorporate them into my life and actually get a bit better at.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here, but at the same time I decided to quit my job, the GF was doing some investigative work with her accountant about travel contracts. The IRS has several different rules, some of them contradictory, regarding how long she can work in given areas and still reap the tax benefits of a contract worker. Long story short, she’s sticking with the most conservative rules to avoid potential problems, and this means her current contract has to end earlier than we anticipated. She’ll be done in mid-October now. Tentative plan remains international travel this winter, but COVID may take the wind out of those sails. So, we may end up spending the winter somewhere warm in the US, a place where she takes a work contract for three months. In any event, the upper Midwest is giving me a preview of early November weather for the next couple of days and I do not like it. It’s a good reminder of why we want to get away for the winters.
Anyway, the combination of these factors has me mostly ignoring any part time employment opportunities for now. Since I won’t be here through the winter, I think I’ll focus more on income generation next spring. Hopefully find something flexible that I enjoy or something I can do for myself. In the meantime I’ll continue to play with some of these other skill based hobbies, and get a sense for what I really like for incorporation into life, and what I just want to know in case I NEED to know it someday.
Still biking, pretty much daily. I actually upgraded my bike (finally!) with a used hybrid from craigslist. The guy who sold it to me is a bike fanatic. Even though it’s older, it’s well taken care of and a huge upgrade to my cruiser. It’s added a new dimension now that I have some decent equipment. I’ve found myself timing some of the more regular routes, and make personal challenges to beat times, etc. I got a pass for unlimited bowling at a local place though October for $25. Already gone a few times, I forgot the fun atmosphere of bowling. Trying to get to the point of being able to bowl a 500 series regularly.
I went on a short road trip for the GF’s B-day recently to Duluth MN. We stayed in a hostel downtown for a couple days and did some camping for a couple more. We both had a really good time.
This has gotten a lot of journal attention
. After we had that conversation a month or so ago, marriage is on the backburner for now. Not a ton of discussion about it. It’s still in the cards within a couple years. I’d rather settle into a lifestyle we are both very pleased with before getting engaged though.
Since the GF is going to be done in October, she’s been working as much as she can to pad the accounts. Man, I feel for her. As much as I think she enjoys her work still (at least one of us does). It becomes so obvious to an observer how working 50 hours a week absolutely destroys her energy level and enthusiasm for life when not working. Prior to this she was maybe doing 30, leaving early whenever she could, and only working the 4 days a week her contract requires. It’s a huge difference and I’m not sure she realizes how much. Makes me wonder what I hadn’t noticed about myself all those years of trying to accumulate money.
Thanks for reading!