I have been figuring out how to slow down and smell the roses at this new job. Fortunately I have always been a very good self-starter because this job requires a high amount of that skill. I just keep reminding myself that this is a marathon and not a sprint.
The other thing I keep reminding myself is that they hired me to be their in-house expert. To that end, it is up to me to keep my knowledge and skills sharp. I have been seeking out organizations that will help me with this. My old professional organization is one. I also attended meetings of two others that I discovered I prefer over the old one.
Also, I want to start writing here more, however, I have a strong rule that no personal stuff will be done on a work device. I have a few financial spreadsheets on my work laptop, but I have been careful. I worked for a Fortune 500 and know that every keystroke and download can be watched. The head of IT is not someone I want to cross. He has a clearly defined kingdom and while he gives off the air of the befuddled professor, he doesn’t fool me for a minute.
Overall life is good. My bank accounts are healthy. Maggie & Co. is winding down but I anticipate several more substantial paydays from it. I plan on hoarding those monies until I move and pay my 2018 taxes. Then I can attack my debt with some sizable payments.
My realtor GF suggested that I try to lease my current place to perhaps avoid the 2-month termination penalty. That might mitigate things, but I’m not sure how to go about it. I could use her even though it isn’t her geographic area. I think that just delays in the inevitable.
I have been thinking about cutting my housing budget down substantially. This means I might not be able to live in the urban area I wanted, but that might be OK for my new frugal resolve. I will be notifying my landlord probably around August 1st, so the clock is beginning to tick. One of my perks with the new job is the low-cost prepaid legal service for minor matters. I figure I’ll have them write the letter to my landlord so we get it right the first time.
I have a list of personal financial stuff to do. Things like lower my renter’s insurance coverage, call my whole life insurance co and discuss options to lower my premium for a year or so, renew my auto tag, budget, budget, budget, QuickBooks for Maggie & Co, etc. The good news is that none of this causes me anxiety any more. A year ago I would have been frozen in fear and stress. Now I shrug and get to work.
I find myself working over the weekend, some evenings. I am BUSY. Now if only my new job could keep me fully occupied. I have finally confessed to my boss that I still have capacity for more work. She’s been traveling almost constantly since I started, so once she returns we will discuss this further. I like her and she needs help, so I may end up with things outside my expertise, but I’m a smart cookie and learning something new would be good for me.
It’s all good, thankfully…..