As promised in my post on Tuesday, I said I would feed some updates on my life. So, in a weird and bizarrely timed set of events, I found out this week that due to my current medical battles, my employer is putting me on a leave of absence for up to 12 weeks or until my health improves such that I can work a regular full-time schedule on a consistent basis. Last week after all, was a struggle to put in 6 hours at work. Kind of a crazy point in my life at the moment. But!!! Guess what, I am incredibly fortunate to be prepared for events of this magnitude such that I don’t need to freak out. Sure it’s a setback, but entirely manageable. The way I see it, undoubtedly because of my preparedness, is I now can dedicate a significant amount of time toward healthcare and seeing the necessary doctors to resolve my failed health. Plus, I now have a lot more time to ponder posts and future plans for this blog! I also find it ironic that we just finished two posts detailing the relationship between your health and your job! Thankfully, my situation is NOT that work is causing the health issues, but rather the health issues limit my ability to work effectively. The benefit/advantage being that once I recover, I shouldn’t be worried about my job recreating any of the current health issues. Anyway, I have a whole slew of doctors to visit with soon, but I should be able to stay on top of regular posts! [Read more…] about Are We Really Seeking Money or Time?
I have some crazy stuff happening in life right now. A lot of which will be incorporated into upcoming posts. This weeks articles are again wide in their topical coverage. Some investing, retirement, home-ownership, valentines day advice, car buying advice, and a couple other oddballs! I look forward to upcoming posts for you guys as I’ve gotten a significant increase in time I can devote to posts for the next few weeks. I’ll be detailing my plans in my Friday post, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy these articles and let me know what you think of them.
Call me crazy, but I had a small window of time today where I was able to go out and fly my DJI Mavic Platinum Pro (aka drone) in my neighborhood, despite the finger-numbing cold weather! I immediately went to the highest legal altitude (400′ AGL) and took a few pictures to compile this panoramic. [Read more…] about Impromptu drone flight (with picture!)
Two weeks ago, we talked about the importance of health and how it can impact your job. This week, I want to tease out the inverse scenario. That being, when your job creates poor health, or at least when your job doesn’t encourage good health.
For many of us in industrialized societies, working just 40 hours per week sounds fairly pleasant. Even as countries like Germany taunt their ability to offer workers 28 hour work weeks, an increasing number of American workers are staying at work well over 45 hours per week. Often dipping into the 50’s, 60’s, or even higher! Depending on the job, that may not be so bad on your health, but there are an overwhelming number of jobs where even 40 hours is considered dangerous to your health. Unfortunately, just up and quitting a job isn’t a solid plan for most of us. So, aside from leaving your job, what can you do?! [Read more…] about Your Job and Your Health
This week’s related reading is a bit more broad in spectrum. I have many goals and topics on my mind lately that are highly related to both finances and this life I choose to live. The highest priority topics in my research right now are home-ownership, professional development, retirement planning, and mental health/well-being. Expect to hear more about those in the near future. If there are any questions about them, please reach out and I can do my best to answer in the post. Of course, an article about the worlds most powerful rocket can sure be enjoyable too! As this post comes out, I’ll be out of commission for a medical procedure. Here’s to hoping I’ll be able to see the launch. Feel free to comment on any of the articles!
For a few years now, I have challenged myself to build a life worth being proud of. Sure, I made some foolish decisions, like any young adult. But fortunately for me I learned a lot from them and counsel of a handful of trusted friends and family. As a result, I have turned my life onto an entirely different (and significantly better) trajectory. That’s not to say I don’t have struggles or worries, I have some very significant ones, especially surrounding my health at the moment. But that is just another motivator for me, especially as it relates to achieving financial independence. None of us are perfect, that’s what makes us uniquely human. But it’s not our flaws or mistakes that hold us back, it’s not being willing to fix them and create a better future.
Relevant or interesting articles I’ve come across this week
This week, I found an interesting combination of articles that were either educational or just down-right amusing. The assemblage of topics in these is a bit wide in range, but very applicable in my life right now. Hopefully they are just as entertaining and educational for all of you!
As I’ve quietly alluded to, I have been through some difficult times lately in regards to my health. I thought I had my life figured out and that the track I was on was more or less set in stone. Then my health started getting weird(er). Since mid-October I have spent nearly a month in-patient at the hospital including 5 separate ER visits. At my worst point, I lost control over the left half of my body and my immune system became useless, essentially appearing to be functionally partially paralyzed and very vulnerable to further illness. I have had well over 20 outpatient doctor appointments, and have worked all of 5 days in the past 90 calendar days. Not only that, but I already have nearly 15 outpatient appointments scheduled before we get to March. Plus it’s quite likely that up to another dozen could happen between now and the end of March. My employer has been incredibly understanding and helpful (for which I realize I am very fortunate and incredibly thankful), but back to my point, your health is something that is easily ignored or perhaps just not prioritized until it is interfering with another aspect of life. Ironically enough, I was actively pursuing improvements in my health when things took a turn for the worse. Though it appears this could be due to a medical procedure that didn’t go as expected. Either way, health should be appropriately considered in any major life decision since the impacts of poor health can cripple some of the best laid plans (whether financial or otherwise). [Read more…] about The Importance of Health
I will start posting an additional post each week with some of the most relevant, interesting, or entertaining articles I’ve come across. Please feel free to start discussions about any of the articles. I will do my best to be engaging with all respectful comments. My one request is that we all accept that we can have differing opinions, and that counterarguments are welcome so long as they stay focused on the related topic and not attacking the other person for their opinions.
So last week I talked about some basic level stuff with income, expenses, and mindset. My plan is to slowly unpack that and dive deeper into each of those categories to uncover some basic truths as well as hopefully introducing some newer concepts to think about. On that note, let’s jump into today’s topic. One that doesn’t get as much attention as perhaps it should.
Today’s world is one that is a bit less stable, for a wide array of reasons. With the amount of people roaming the planet and vastly different ways of life, it is an unfortunate thing that we fabricate artificial boundaries between each other and even start wars over seemingly absurd things. I’m not trying to be a Debbie-downer, but this is our world, and to enjoy the good things, we have to put up with (or change) the bad things too. [Read more…] about Improve lifestyle survivability through income diversification