The Joy of Living :)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I’ve been busy living my life.  Lately, I’ve felt a breath of fresh air come in my life.  Maybe it’s the weather or my new perspective on living.  I think much of it also has to do with me settling into my plan to retire early.  In the past few months, I’ve been very focused on developing my plan going forward and this has led to a lot of stress — mostly due to my personality.  The plan is now more or less in place.  My expenses are nailed down (I will be moving into my new apartment in a few weeks) and I have taken 90% of the steps to put my plan into action.  The only two remaining tasks are:

1.  Invest the cash in my non-taxable accounts and

2.  Switch to an HDHP health plan at the end of the year.

I can now focus on spending my time in the best way possible.  I’ve decided to put more effort in at the office.  I don’t work more than I have to and I don’t volunteer for tasks, but I do my best.  This way I don’t feel like a useless, bottom-dwelling louse.  I’ve been planning more social events with friends and making new friends.  I attended an alumni event a few weeks ago and have subsequently met up with people I became acquainted with there.  I went on a road trip with an old college buddy and camping with some other friends.  All in the last month.  All within my arguably tight budget.  I’ll have to keep an eye on this spending though, but these activities really make me feel alive again.

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