OK, I won’t make you wait any longer. After 7 years and 4 months as a freelancer, I have accepted an amazing full time job!
I thought about telling you the name, but I’m still not 100% on privacy type policies, so better to be safe than sorry (you can email me and I’ll tell you). But most of you in the personal finance world are familiar with this company.
But here’s what I can tell you: It’s because of this blog and doing videos that this all came about (see The Dream is Built from Within). As a result, I will essentially be producing personal finance videos and building up and managing a new video department. So my title is Managing Editor – Video.
One of the best things about the job (and people from LA will especially understand this), is it’s in the same town I live, exactly three miles from my house.
I start Tuesday and I’m both nervous and excited if you can imagine.
So what does this all mean going forward?
Budget and the Beach is my baby, and I’ll still be posting here as usual! Hurray! Of course I’ll have to figure out a new type of schedule for posting, commenting, etc. And as time permits, I will also continue making videos for BATB TV!
I’ll also have to figure out a new workout schedule, as I usually workout between 8-10 am. I’m leaning towards 6 am classes, which is going to be rough, but I know me, and know that I’ll either be too hungry or tired to go after work, but we’ll see. By the way, my new company offers a free gym membership to a pretty swanky gym, so that’s basically two gyms I’ll have (the other is Bionic Body, where I do some blog and video work) for free. Talk about no excuses, eh?
It’s pretty weird going full time after so long, but I’ve always been open to it from day one. Remember, I didn’t jump ship by choice, I was laid off when my company was bought out by another one in 2008.
But, I always wanted to make sure if I did go back that it was absolutely the right fit for the right reasons, and I’m 100% confident about that! It’s truly an amazing and exciting opportunity.
It will also mean I’m going to pull way back on side hustling. I’ll always have my website for income opportunities, and perhaps continue coaching beach volleyball, but I also want to enjoy life.
I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to travel more. Although I had the time as a freelancer, I certainly did not have the resources.
But, the one thing that will remain the same is my commitment to frugality! My plan is to try and live off the exact same budget I had as a freelancer, and save the rest. I’ll have a more detailed savings plan when I write up my 2016 goals.
For the past week and a half I’ve been in the process of transitioning and wrapping up a lot of loose ends I’ve been meaning to get to.
One of the biggest things I’ve done is finally transfer my retirement accounts from Raymond James (I was getting hit with tons of fees from my financial “non” advisor) to Vanguard, thanks to the help from Coach Shannon. I will be getting all that situated in the coming months.
I’ve also spent some money on new clothes, because seriously, my wardrobe was not office-ready, and I was in pretty desperate need of new threads.
I also did a few things I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, like get my carpet cleaned, and catch up on some movies (I saw Spotlight & Brooklyn – both good but nothing earth shattering).
I also wrapped up some projects with Centsai, delivered a bunch of hard drives back to the producer I was regularly working with (ah! Space in my kitchen!), met up with Melanie from Dear Debt, filed a bunch of paperwork, re-organized the shelves in my bathroom, purged some more stuff from my closets to be delivered to a homeless shelter, purged a bunch of email folders, went hiking with Dani from Payoff and her brother, and had my neighbor cut down some really ugly branches that were hanging over our shared deck in the backyard. Oh, and also got through all of Jessica Jones & Master of None (seriously, watch both!).
So, I officially begin Tuesday, wish me luck!
Did you predict that this is what my news would be?