Hello everyone! How are all of you fine people doing today?
As I’m writing this, the sun is bouncing off my monitor. What started off as a “blah” kind of day has become quite cheerful. I love it when the weather clears up!
I love it even more as my office gets most of the sunlight during the latter part of the day, which happens to coincide with when I’m most productive. That’s mostly why I moved in here (aside from getting away from the distractions in the living room).
Needless to say, I don’t think I ever realized how energizing the sun was until I experienced living in a basement with super tiny windows.
Time to review what I’ve been grateful for this past week!
A Surprising Opportunity
As much as I love being transparent on this blog, sometimes I have to hide things for a little bit until details get hammered down. =) I have some pretty amazing and surprising news to share with you all!
I’ve been brought on to be a Community and Brand Manager for a new startup called Wherewithal. Our mission, in a nutshell, is to make saving simple for millennials.
How are we accomplishing that? By allowing users to earn cash back on purchases they make through our portal. That cash back is automatically invested for them according to the financial goals they’ve selected.
Again, that’s the tl;dr version, as I could ramble on about this for ages. I’m extremely passionate about showing fellow millennials they can save and still lead a fulfilling life.
We can be responsible with our money in a way that empowers us to get the most out of life. Saving is not always about deprivation (and shouldn’t be).
Anyway, I’m thrilled that I’m joining at the beginning of what I hope will be an amazing journey. This doesn’t change anything for my freelance work, as I’m working at a reduced capacity until the company receives funding. Nothing is guaranteed, and it would be foolish of me to act as such, even though my hopes are very high!
As most of you know, I turned to freelancing because I believed it was an opportunity for me to earn more. I never set out to be an entrepreneur or be my own boss.
However, I’ve learned so much, and I think those lessons will serve me well going forward. I can’t think of a better way to combine my love for writing, talking about personal finance, and educating and empowering my peers.
We can use all the support possible to get the word out, so if our mission is one you can get behind, please feel free to follow us on Twitter.
I’ll be heading up all our content and social media marketing efforts, and we have a pretty awesome blog you should check out as well (yes, I’m writing there!). Also, if you’re interested in guest post swaps or anything else, please let me know!
It may be a little early for FinCon hype, but I’m super excited I’ll be there on the other side of the fence this year, as we’re planning on having a booth. You’ll at least know where to catch me if you want to meet up!
More Opportunities Abound
I also let this one slip by the radar – I’m now a staff writer on Frugal Rules!
I couldn’t be happier, as John’s blog was one of the first I came across back before I even started blogging. I was sad to learn I was replacing Laurie, but happy that it was due to her pursuing other opportunities.
Speaking of which, her and Prudence have officially started their Fruclassity movement. I loved it the moment I heard of it, and I think it’s an awesome alternative to MMM’s “Badassity.” He also endorses it. ;) Check it out if you haven’t!
Grateful for My Dad’s Computer Knowledge
For the most part, I’m pretty savvy with technology, but not when it comes to building computers.
That has always been my dad’s department. I remember being maybe 4 years old, and seeing this huge contraption set up on our dining room table. That’s my first memory of having a computer.
It’s also because of his playing around with Photoshop 13 years ago that I ever developed an interest in the program, so I have him to thank for that.
When I was in high school and kept hogging my mom’s computer because I needed it for “research,” my dad offered to build me my first computer.
We went to a computer fair that had discount prices, and a few hours later, I was downloading and installing all the necessary programs my little teenage heart needed (anyone remember AIM? I was just reminiscing over that with my friend…).
My dad has always been the go-to computer-fixer-upper person, and I’m really grateful for that.
I’ve heard horror stories about dealing with private places or Best Buy’s Geek Squad. As far as I know, my dad has never tried to rip me off, although he does try to bargain with me. “Mind if I give you my second SSD in exchange for your spare HDD?” Well that sounds like a win…
Where am I going with this?
Grateful I Can Afford to Upgrade
Unfortunately, my current computer isn’t cutting it anymore. Most of the parts are 4 years or older now, and it’s not keeping up with everything I need to do.
Trying to run FireFox, Photoshop, and iTunes simultaneously is a nightmare. And to be honest, I don’t have much patience when it comes to technology, especially when I need to be efficient with my time as a freelancer.
So I’ve made the decision to upgrade. I gave my dad my budget and he found a few promising builds.
I really don’t enjoy spending money on this when it should be going toward debt, but for work-related purposes, I kind of have to.
Yes, I know, I just got a laptop last year, which is great for when I’m on-the-go or feel like relaxing on the couch. But I need a work horse for a desktop PC.
Plus I like my dual monitors too much. Also, since R mostly hogs the Xbox, I’m forced to game on my PC (I might be reaching here).
Anyway, I’m grateful I can afford to buy a new computer, even if it means delaying some of my other financial goals. I don’t like typing that out, but it is what it is.
If all goes well and these parts last me another 4-5 years, it’ll come out to around $175 per year, which I can live with considering
how often I want to toss my computer across the room the value I’ll get out of it. My laptop is a dream compared to this thing, so I’m looking forward to it.
Quick Edit – If you’re interested in reading about my journey to self-employment and other interesting tidbits about me, I had the honor to be interviewed by Paula over at Afford Anything today! If you’re not a reader yet, you should be. Paula is a great source of knowledge and inspiration when it comes to personal finance and business, and someone I greatly admire.
What are you being grateful for this week? Any new opportunities in your life? Do you lose patience with technology easily?