Hello all, it certainly has been awhile. The last article published before today was the arguably lame April Fool’s Day post about Google going out of business. All in good fun.
Where have I been?
Vacation. Ahhh, and boy was it nice.
We went to Conroe, TX to visit with my step-sister and her family. We traveled in my step-step-grandpa’s motor home and were accompanied by my dad, my step-mom, and her step-dad (my step-step grandpa.) Although it may seem an unlikely group… the trip was awesome. We set off on Thursday night, April 1st and returned home on Sunday evening, April 11th. The vacation from our day jobs lasted 2 weeks, but I chose to take a bit more time away from writing on DFA. Why? Well, simply because I needed to. Writing articles about personal finance every single day is great, but not giving myself a decent break now and again would result in burnout. Since I am not interested in “burning out,” I took the necessary break.
What’s new with me?
I landed a new job. I gave my current employer my 2 week notice last Friday. I will start with my new employer on Monday, May 17th and am looking forward to it.
I made the move because the opportunity with my new company is more attractive. I am hiring on as a Technical Consultant, with the understanding that I will move into Technical Sales after some time. I have been working in Tech Support for 10 years now and recently came to the realization that my career path will serve my family much better with a move into sales. I have no sales experience, but definitely have the personality for it. Beyond that, having some type of direct control over my earnings is the other motivation behind the career path move. Being directly compensated for my level of effort just plain makes sense. It is something I have never had in my career and it is high time I started moving in that direction.
I did not take a complete break from writing
Most of you know that aside from running Debt Free Adventure, I am also a regular staff writer at Five Cent Nickel. Here are the articles I wrote for FCN while on hiatus from Debt Free Adventure:
- Are You In a Dead End Job? – Warning signs to help you recognize a dead end job, along with useful strategies to help you move on.
- The Debt Free Vacation – A brief synopsis of our recent vacation, how we saved the money before we left, and how you can enjoy the your own debt free vacations.
- Thoughts on Lending Money – Do I lend money, how I handle it when approached, and some great strategies to help you through the process.
- Don’t Take a Vacation From Your Budget – The reality of how a vacation spending mindset can easily spill over into every day life, and how to avoid it.
Back on track
And now friends… I am back on track.
Starting today I will resume the regular posting schedule on DFA whenever possible… a daily article Monday – Friday with a round up article every Saturday. Please understand that I do not let my writing interfere with my day job, so if my day job requires some extra time, I may miss a posting day here and there… but not often.
Also, remember that I am always looking for solid guest articles, so if you would be interested… shoot me an email (Matt [at] Debt Free Adventure [dot] com.)
Thank you for sticking around!
A big thank you for all of you who reached out to make sure I was not dead, or did not quit… I appreciate it. Rest assured that we are still very passionate about our Debt Free Adventure and will not stop until the day we reach that sweet land of freedom from debt! Heck, I’m sure I won’t even stop there, I’ll simply move onto the next phase of personal finance. 🙂
Cheers and Godspeed!