October 2017 Update

Hello, everyone!

I know, I know. It’s been almost a year since I posted. It’s been over a year since I started this blog, and I’ve posted 4 times. I got sidetracked, the excitement wore off, and, to be quite honest, I think I got a little scared that no one would want to listen to what I had to say.

I also got too bogged down in the perfection of it.

As I type, I do so unedited (except for spell check, of course). I limited myself by thinking that only perfectly crafted and edited posts were what I needed to create.

And that is just plain not true.

But it is with renewed inspiration and a little personal growth that I come back. Whether I’ll stay is yet to be seen, but it is my intent to.

So, a little bit of an update as to where I am at in life now. Maybe it’ll also help explain away my absence a bit.

This time last year, I was interviewing for a new job at a new company. I was a Process Engineer at a small, family owned plastics injection molding company. I craved professional development and they failed to provide. I started searching elsewhere.

Luckily, there’s quite a lot of manufacturing industry around where I live, and an extremely low unemployment rate. It’s not incredibly difficult to find a new job, especially when one of the largest privately held companies in the country is hurting for engineers.

So, I interviewed. Then came end of the year budgetary freezes. That’s alright; I wasn’t in a hurry. First of the year (2017) brought news from my new company that they were making my position a priority and a job offer.

I negotiated, I accepted, and gave my now former company a 4 weeks notice.

My new position is a step up for me, both title wise and financially, and opens a lot of doors for development. I work with an amazing team, the majority of whom are my age, and man does that make a difference. I love it here.

You can see why that explains the absence a little. Starting a new job is always a whirlwind of excitement coupled with exhaustion. You’re learning constantly, trying to make new connections, and trying to get the hang of the way a company run things. I was fulfilled.

Not saying I’m not fulfilled now, but my plate has cleared considerably and my work life has calmed down to a much more sustainable pace. I’m branching out again. Going to the gym more, focusing on eating healthier and losing some weight. (I’ve lost 28 lbs so far, whoo!) I started taking classes to learn how to be a tax preparer (read: investing in a side hustle).

And I want to do more:

  • I want to write more; focus on building up this blog.
  • I want to renew my love of my yoga practice.
  • I want to spend less.
  • I want to approach life from a more minimalist point of view.

I’m crafting some goals to help me achieve some of these things, and I’ll publish those on here soon.

I want to utilize this blog as a resource for accountability.

That will include publicly sharing my net worth, tracking any challenges I may seek out, etc.

I’m still not sure where else I’m going with this blog just yet, but I’m figuring it out as I go along. I want this blog to serve as a resource to others, and I know that’s easier when you fit a niche, but I want the freedom to write about what I feel like.

Whether that’s finance or #adulting or getting organized, it doesn’t matter.¬†(I probably will write about finance related topics 99.999% of the time.)

Why limit myself?

– Rachel

P.S. I lied; I edited the sentences where I rambled too much.

P.P.S. Still better than not posting at all!

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

– Warren Buffet

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