[-$31,700] Another Taxing Tax Season

Work Update

I had my annual review meeting with Manager, who apparently, and miraculously, has no plans to fire me, despite what I perceive to be recent decreased performance. I’m getting a small cost of living salary increase of 1.7% and my annual bonus! I’ll be getting my bonus soon. I was really nervous going into the meeting as I didn’t know what to expect or if I’d have a job coming out of it, but was relieved that it went as well as it did. I have improvements to make, but I still have a job.

In fact, I’ve been assigned two new projects. Thankfully, these projects will be in line with the old workstyle, so I expect I’ll feel comfortable running them. I’m planning to stay where I am for the immediate future. It won’t be easy at all, but if I can somehow grind it out here for one more year and pay off / down this debt, a lot more avenues will open up to me starting next year. Newish Leader (my manager’s manager) has been more hands-off lately, and this trend should continue. I plan to stay under Newish Leader’s radar as much as possible.

I just need to be able to survive for one more year before I can escape for good.       Read More

[-$40,745] I Think It’s Time for Me to Leave

There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its value. – Ellen Goodman

I think it’s time for me to leave my job, and my career…

Of the 10 Signs You Hate Your Job, I score an 8 out of 10 right now.

In the article How Work Kills Us, from The Economist, it is argued that work harms employees by being tied to their access to health care, and that the stress of work, lack of control over one’s working environment, long hours, etc, makes people sick both directly and indirectly.

I feel like work is killing me and I want out. When things go south in my jobs, it seems, they go south fast.  Read More

[-$42,800] Flat Out

Thank You 

Thanks, guys, for all the positivity and words of encouragement after my last post. I really needed a verbal hug, and you guys really delivered. I guess I realized just how much I am relying on getting out a debt by a certain time, just to keep myself together, and when there’s a change to that,  I get really down. I’m just so ready for all of this sacrifice to end, that it gets stressful sometimes. But never to fear, your Intrepid Debt Slayer is still here and ready to charge ahead. 🙂         Read More

[-$96,924] On the Bench

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My monthly payment just posted, leaving me with a current debt balance of $96,924. Things seem to be moving slowly with my repayment, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace in the next couple of months.

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I haven’t been to the gym in over a week, due to forces outside of my control. I was really upset about not being able to go for so long, but now I’m Read More

Storm Clouds on the Job Front

woman in cubicle - miserable at job to pay off debt

Ahh! The hits keep comin’.

As you know, I now have the task of paying this emergency room bill, which will clean out my tiny savings account and consume most of my next paycheck. After that I have to save up to pay for the surgery that I must have. I now have another reason to save up whatever money I can.

My company has been in cost-cutting mode for years, since before I joined. The magnifying glass and knife have finally made it around to our division. We had a dreaded ‘re-org’ at work this week. Re-orgs (re-organizations) sadly aren’t uncommon where I work. There seem to be at least one or two re-orgs every year. Sometimes re-orgs are just a result of executives being shuffled around, small divisions merging, large divisions branching, etc. Other re-orgs are due to a reduction in force.

This re-org was the second kind and was the first one to affect my division since I started working there. In one day, our Director here in our satellite office, was sacked, and was escorted out with the proverbial cardboard box. Furthermore, a bunch of Read More