Happy May Days, everyone! I thought I would give a little update, mostly because I don’t really have anything else to write about. Let’s proceed, shall we?
Work – I’ve been at my new digs for a few weeks now and I can honestly say I love it. I kind of feel in my last position that I was doing more training and less learning over the past couple of years, so now this opportunity has created more learning and growing for the next couple of years. I think careers tend to have those cycles, so I’m pretty excited to expand my knowledge base and networks further. My coworkers are so genuinely sweet and positive, and they even planned a group lunch outing so I can get to know some people I wouldn’t normally interact with which was awesome. I still have some anxiety about meeting some of my clients, but I think that’s with any new beginnings. This work culture, despite being a bit more corporate than my previous place, feels more in line with my working style. I’m pretty grateful to be here. I won’t see a full cycle of the increase in a few more weeks, but it will bump up my savings rate as well, which is a great plus.
Marriage – B and I have been married for over two months and it’s flown by! Married life isn’t all that different from living together life, including each other’s pet peeves – he still doesn’t do dishes unless asked, my hair still gets all over the place… 🙂 The only difference now is that I’ll do something incredibly dorky and I’ll say “haha, you married into this – sucka!” and he’ll do the same and say “I can do this anytime I want now you’re my wife!” Perhaps we’re still in the honeymoon period, but I’ll take it for what it’s worth.
Fitness – Ever since we’ve come back from the honeymoon, I’ve kept my fitness at a pretty basic level. This is part because I have to get to work earlier so it shortens my workout time – I could get ready at the gym again like I used to before going to work, but I’ve kind of liked going back home and being able to hang with B and kiss each other good-bye before we both head off to work (yep, must be still honeymoon period). Another part is admittedly laziness, though I’m sure with the summer months soon approaching I’ll be singing a different tune. I’ve already started feeling it now, since we have to wear khakis or slacks to work that are a looser fit – now when I wear jeans or shorts on the weekends, I have to do a few lunges and squats in order for them to stretch a smidge, so I should really take that as a cue. 😉
Finances – Finances are going well, though I did splurge a little to buy more work clothes for my new position since before I could just wear t-shirts and jeans. I’ve scored some great finds on Ebay and taken advantage of big sales at some of my favorite stores, so I’ve had my fill for awhile. I’ve been able to save a bit more, though it hasn’t been the same amount as I used to make my monthly debt repayments. I think I need to switch my mindset on this and think of it as debt to myself for our forever house and life goals since somehow the concept of ‘debt’ drives me more (perhaps because it was recently experienced?). I do at least save, though, and after a certain amount, I’ll just invest in another type of index fund. I admit to haven’t really looked into investing as much as I would like because I get pretty beat after work, but hopefully this will change once I become acclimated to work.
Other than that, life is pretty good! B and I are also working on a cool project that I’ll hopefully be able to share sooner than later. I’m glad to hear everyone is trucking along in the PF world, and I hope you have a wonderful May! Anyone have plans for Memorial Day (for the U.S. folks at least)? It will be here in mere weeks! 🙂