[-$44,016] Standing Still and Feeling Dragged Along

Image credit: ‘Feeling Blue’ by lukechueh (DeviantArt)

FEELING BLUE

I’ve been feeling blue and unmotivated to write lately. I think a big part of it is because I’m at a standstill with making any progress on debt repayment. I sent $70 toward my student loan a few days ago while the other $900+ went to pay off that blasted medical bill. In the meantime interest continues to accrue…

I also have a recently announced family event that I must attend. I do want to go and be supportive, but my bank account was not prepared for this. Not going is not an option as the guilt tripping from family would be enormous. The travel will cost $500. I’ve got that chillin’ on my credit card at the moment.

There will also be another mandatory family event later this year. That will probably be another $500 at the very least.

I’ve also been overspending my allowance budget and have been pulling from my Opportunity Fund. I’ll need to lower my next couple of student loan payments to get everything settled. With everything going on, I just see my debt payoff date getting pushed back further and further…   Read More

[-$51,000] You Won’t Believe What Happened at Work Today

My expression when I heard the news!

 I GOT A RAISE!!!  

Omg, guys!  Ok. Technically, it’s not a raise. It’s a “salary/equity adjustment”.

An equity adjustment is a permanent increase to the base salary that may be granted to an employee under certain circumstances, such as increased duties that do not warrant a reclassification or a significant salary lag to comparable internal positions or the local labor market.

It’s a little over 12%, but, combined with the yearly cost of living adjustment I got a couple of months ago, my base salary will be about 15% over what I was making last year.  I. am. stunned! I didn’t think it was even possible. I’m still not ‘well paid’ for my industry by any stretch, but I’m at least juuust inside the edge of market rate now.  Read More

[-$52,280] Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

In my last post, I mentioned that in addition to work and travel, I’ve been up to “other things”. In an earlier post, I talked about wanting to explore my options career-wise given how underpaid I am. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that I’ve been going on job interviews, despite my dislike of them.

I interviewed for three jobs, both before leaving for and after returning from my trip. This is what added to the stress I was already under while planning for / recovering from travel and having a metric ton of stuff to do at work. This is a peak into what I’ve also been dealing with… Read More

[-$52,360] The Post Where DDSW Comes Back to Earth

Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar

Um. Helllooo?  Do you guys remember me?

I know! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. It’s been 1.5 months without a post!

Ok. Quick check-in time. Where the heck have I been?  Well… I’ll tell you. I feel like I’ve been in orbit.

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[-$90,831] A Bit of Good News!

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I know I can go a long time between posts. Before last week, I’d been super busy at work, in another crunch period working late evenings and weekends.  Things have lightened up a bit for now, but there will be another crunch in December before the holidays.

Talk about timing! In one of my recent posts I talked about learning to appreciate my job.  Well, I just Read More