Lemur Journal!

Where are you and where are you going?
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Re: Lemur Journal!

Post by Lemur » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:13 pm

trailblazer wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:23 pm
Hi Lemur - I think you are building a very useful set of skills. With a Big 4 on your resume (even as a contractor) and your military veteran status, you can ramp up pretty quickly over the next few years to a much higher earning level. In my experience, firms like the Big 4 and related professional service firms place a premium on military status - most have launched initiatives to hire more. Not exactly the dream ERE employment, but I think you can get a higher salary and save more quickly.

Interesting to hear up your upwork experience. I've thought about playing around with this a bit but always seems like more trouble than it's worth.
Hey trailblazer,

Upwork is not worth it. Something that has crossed my mind is why trade more hours for labor. If I wanted to do that, I could just get a second job. I'm exploring setting up a business. My spouse is pretty successful right now with her business and I'm learning a lot from her. Once I finish my Master's degree (late this year) and some certifications, I think I'm going to start dedicating some time to starting a business. All proceeds will go towards bumping my savings rate...25% savings rate is good but nowhere near ERE good. For me, fundamentally, I have to be open to moving I think. I would love to either work completely remotely or find a way to work close to work.

Until I cover these fundamentals, my savings rate will always be dragged down even if I increase my salary by 20-30+ %.

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Re: Lemur Journal!

Post by Lemur » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:53 pm

Keto + Intermittent fasting works really well for me.

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Post by Lemur » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:23 pm

Very happy for my spouse. In the first quarter 2018, her business after COGS, Expenses, and Taxes is equivalent to what I make in my salary career (in 3 months). We've joked the past 2 years because I would always say "man one day you might make more money than me!" To see the reality is motivating for me given that I nearly have a Master's and my spouse started her business ground up while also raising our son at home (her college degree is irrelevant to her business). While my spouse is not fully on board with investing every dollar for early retirement purposes, her making good money has allowed us to collectively lower our expenses and allowed me to allocate more towards 401(k). It is very interesting because I've always been very risk-adverse but I have always admired the entrepreneurial mindset (could never pull the trigger myself) whereas my wife is a "go for it" attitude that I admire a lot.

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Re: Lemur Journal!

Post by Lemur » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:40 pm

About that traffic ticket I finally went to court for (mentioned in the beginning of this log). Had my fine reduced from $570 to $295 (includes court costs). Also no points on my license. I brought in my driving record ($7 for an official copy) which helped proved my normally safe driving habits.

Finally can move on. Just finished up two college courses as well. Interestingly, in my one of my courses I got a "B" for the first time since high school. Was slightly annoyed (well it was my fought...I definitely did not study like I had in the past) but at the same time I gotta think what does it matter? An employer just wants to see the checkmark at the end of the day.

Also. I am 4 chapters into "Flight from the City" by Ralph Borsodi. Great book so far.

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