Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Just Thinking...

I read two blogs today that I might do a vlog on. Along with my recent post and being on craigslist for 3 hours, all I've been thinking lately is the kind of work and life I want to live.

What exactly is my dream job? What's yours? I'm sure it's all to make a lot, but what if you make enough to pay your bills, put a little toward savings, and have just a little more toward leisures and travels? Money is one thing, but what you do for your job/role is another thing. I don't see myself doing this for the next 10+ years, but gain, that $50/hr+ always makes it clear.

I could be an IT and make $50k+/ year or something in education for $35k+/year, but will that make me happy? I think a good start is to ask yourself this question from another blogger, "How do I want to spend my time? And whom do I want to spend it with?"

My answer for the past month after living way from home for six months, is to spend time with my family and significant other, just having fun. I loved going to the parks with them. I miss the days we'd grab an ice cream bucket to eat at the park. Maybe I'm the one who didn't grow up.

Anyway, I found this job listing from my 3 hour craigslist search for a work at home position. It's just sooo dreamy. 90% of the job is all of my experience. The only downfall is that it puts me in a job hopping situation. I also found another part time that aligns with my path back to the education field. The hours fit perfectly after my full time job, of course.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

You Can't Put A Price On Peace of Mind

[Title was inspired by Straight Outta Compton, which I highly suggest you to watch. It'd be good for a sociology or society class :D Maybe get extra credits if you do a write up for it]

The other day I was asked if I liked working a full 40-hour work week. Instantly, I said of course for financial purposes.

A week later, I realized that I was closer to my dream idea job/future than ever if I had told them I wanted to lower my hours. Employees at my place are still eligible for full time benefits even if their employment contract is for 30+ hours. Isn't that the dream, because you're only working full time to be eligible for the benefits? Other than to support or pay for things if you're in a dependent situation.

I realized I had missed my only small window of opportunity to have a balance in life. The issue here is on the photo, sacrificing for one thing to get another thing, but can't get that other thing because of the sacrifice. In short, the only way to break that system or formula was cutting my hours. This hour cut meant leaving on a Friday afternoon. But I get to make my schedule, so I could even come back on a Monday afternoon because flights are cheaper Mon-Thurs. Or I could go shopping all morning on a Tuesday and work in the afternoon. The possibilities were endless once I saw the blessing in disguise!

Then I realized something even better and why I looked forward to it. It simply meant a peace of mind and no wage or check can pay for it (well...maybe like $50+/hr is considerable, jk!) Hanging out with my family is peace. Hanging out with Josh is peace. Flying away for the weekend is peace. So I missed my opportunity, right? Kind of. So I talked to my boss again about that conversation, and encouraged them that it wasn't a bad idea and that less hours meant I could go home on the weekends or what not. Boss listened and was like, "You don't need to cut your hours if you want to leave early. You just have to work them throughout the week."

That's good right? This now meant that I could still leave on a Friday and all the awesome things mentioned, but it also meant working longer hours for 4 days to leave early for 1, which I didn't mind giving up. My actual goal wasn't to keep my 40 hours; it was to work minimum hours to balance with my travel life. I don't really need the money as much as I need the time; I can always make money, but I can never get my time back. That time means my health right now, my ability to mobilize myself, and my attitude. One day I"m going to have a family and be expected from myself to work 40 hours to feed them. But right now, I don't have to.

Should've took that offer.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Day Surfing The Web With Me

For the past 2 days, I’ve been on Craigslist like for hours straight. Today was three hours!

What do I do on Craigslist?

  • Look for used furnitures I don’t use 
  • Look for jobs I can’t take on anymore lol. But I found one that was online, one on weekends, and a lot of delivery drivers. 
  • Look for my next apartment. My place is actually really good for my location. I pay less than $700 for 700sqft and it includes internet, water, and heat. 
If I’m not on Craigslist, then I’m online shopping for everything I don’t need. I seriously have a good set of shoes; nude heels, boots and booties for fall, winter boots, nike slides, and my usual target sandals. That’s only five pairs of shoes and I feel like it’s so much already.

Then I finally make at stop at Bradsdeals.com before I finish my internet session.

But wait, let me check the airline deals! I’ve been dieing to fly somewhere. Oh ok. Nothing. I just saved 100%

Ok, one last thing, the couponing page. Ok. I'll stop surfing!

I need to declutter my closet soon. I’ve been enjoying dresses! All I have to do in the winter and work is wear leggings under and top it with a cardigan. This is always a goal every year. When I was a teenager, I took up my closet and the family bathroom closet! Over time, I got rid of a lot of them.

I need to clean my apartment and do laundry in the next 3+ hours.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hello 2016!

Last blog in 2014 - http://gonewithcua.blogspot.com/2014/12/live-enjoy-appreciate.html 

When I reflected in 2014 - http://gonewithcua.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-has-been-interesting-year.html

Wow, I didn’t write in December at all! It was definitely a really busy month, but relaxing too. I worked in the morning, then shopped for about an hour and went home to relax after. I really took my own advice of getting rid of toxic people. I have about 30 minutes to write this, then 15mins to post and make edits! Leggo!

2015 Accomplishments
Jan - Got familiar with my job at the UW
Feb - Met Joshua! :D He’s still soo awesome. I swear, it feels like I just met him some days.
March - Interviewed for this job in La Crosse. Thank goodness I didn't get it!
April - Interviewed for my job
May - Got the job offer and accepted it
June - Completed the 4k and Pre-college program at the UW
July - Relocated and started my job! Lived with my sister and drove 45-1 hr to work. Life in traffic is no life!
Aug - Move into an apt and lived 10 minutes from work. Student loan auto-pay also kicked in.
Sept - Cut my credit card and enrolled in work 401k!
Oct - My bday!
Nov - Paid off my credit card
Dec - Phoua graduated! That's 3 bachelors for you Momma!

 2016 Goals
- 52 week savings toward my bank 401k
- learn how to swim!\
- buy life insurance
- save … toward a house??!!
- go on adventures
- continue to pay student loans
- save. like, just save!

Although I do miss working part time, my full-time job income has been the greatest blessing in 2015. I feel stable. I can afford things. I can afford going to places. I get to live at my apartment and wash my dishes whenever I want to. That’s what having money means.

It’s been 2 years since I graduated with my bachelors. If I would’ve started my master, I would be done by now. Time really flies. I still can do it, but I just don’t want to pay for it. We will see.

I believe 2016 is the year I can finally save up for the next milestones in my life and go on adventures. I am very blessed to be in my situation. My only regret is that I didn't dream bigger when I was younger. My only dream was to go to college and I have achieved that. Now I need to find a new dream; maybe a master degree, a house, more youtube videos, business? I don't know, so many dreams and my wings can fly anywhere. I'm so grateful for everyone who has been a part of my journey. I am literally in tears as I finish this post. Thank you for reading.