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Starting this blog has been a total pain in the butt but I’m here!

So, starting this blog has been a huge pain in the butt.

I have started WordPress blog before, but apparently there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, it’s a subtle but important differences, and one of the many things I’ve learned before writing this first post.

But I’m excited to get started! My blog looks kind of rough right now, and I look forward to looking back on this original draft and being ashamed of how basic it looks, but we all have to start somewhere, and I’m done putting it off because of fear.

This blog is about cataloging my journey to taking a “gap year” in my late 20s/early 30s. Like a real champ. Unfortunately, unlike most gap years, I actually have to fund mine myself. And completely improve my life and completely improve my life. And quit my job. And sell my car. You know, the basics.

But before I can do all of that, I have a journey ahead of me. It’s a journey of saving, losing weight, researching, and getting prepared to make this incredibly overwhelming and dramatic life change. No big deal.

A little about me: I am a 29-year-old Woman working in addiction counseling in Anchorage, Alaska. I have been working in this field since I graduated from college 2010, and I decided that I am ready to take a break from constant desk work. What I do is meaningful, but it’s also incredibly emotionally draining and after about nine years of working with people in need, I’m ready to take a year and gain some perspective and insight into where I want the rest of my life to go.

More than anything though, I went through a significant lose a few months ago which was in large part to catalyst for this decision. I saw my beloved dog/child die in front of me, and it really made me question a lot of things, including my friendships, my satisfaction with my life, and where I want to live. I realize I’m not exactly happy here, and it’s because I don’t really feel like I have a good idea of who I am. I’m hoping this journey, and the process to beginning my travel journey, will be healing. My dog Mindy had an adventurous, explorative spirit and I want to honor her memory. Some people may think that’s stupid, but they’re wrong ha.

This blog is going to be about radical honesty. It’s going to be about travel, and goals, and books and learning and growing. I’m going to share the nitty-gritty, and track to fidelity my progress, successes, and failure. One major hurdle that I have to overcome is the fact that I need to lose a significant amount of weight before I can travel comfortably. Like, a lot of weight.

Here are my goals as they stand right now, as well as my sort of quote “starting progress”. I have a little bit of money in the bank, and want to have $35,000 save before I embark on my journey. This number feels arbitrary, but it seems to be a comfortable amount for me to travel, and then return and establish a life. My boyfriend, who also wants to go on this journey, seems to feel that this is also a reasonable number for us to each have saved. I also want my car completely paid off, and significant progress towards my student loans being paid off.

As of this blog posting:

Current savings: $7,045 / $35,000

Weight goal: 0 /100 pounds

Car paid off: $0 / $4769.22

Student loans: $0 / $11,307.96

 

In the meantime, I want to explore and enjoy Alaska. I want to provide insight into this beautiful and complicated land, and really spent quality time here while I plan to leave, probably forever.

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