Since the beginning of the year started off with a lot of , I made “January / February” goals, so I don’t have any goals to report on. Still, here is how January went.
Budget: I revised our money tracking system into something simple and usable, and I’m back to tracking our expenses. This gives me huge peace of mind, even though the numbers this month were too outrageously embarrassing to share. Let’s just say that there is lots of opportunity for improvement in February, which has the advantage of being the shortest month of the year. Some of it was moving expenses, some of it was really amping up our new wine hobby, and some of it was new job related. The rest was just indulgence. 🙂
Income: We both got our first paychecks of the year! I think mine is a little smaller than typical since I started a few days into the month, but I haven’t seen the paystub just yet. It was direct deposited yesterday, without the details. We have to set up our pre-tax retirement savings and budgets, and hopefully I’ll have a good feel for our month cash savings potential next month.
Career: The new job is going well, and the career change is still bittersweet. My new coworkers are awesome, it is so fun working in a real city, and I’m staffed to my first client project. The work is very different and I’ll learn a lot, but there are a lot of things I miss about my old job, and about engineering in general.
Not without bias, I think engineering is an inherently rewarding career. I love challenges and problem solving and designing. I like the satisfaction of pointing to something and saying “I designed that useful thing.” My new job has problem solving, but it is very different. I am excited about it, for sure, but I also really enjoyed my previous career. Plus, I was good at it. Now I’m a newbie again.
There was a possibility that I’d have to travel (up to 100%), but for this client, I don’t have to. This is really lucky. If I weren’t married or in a relationship, traveling would be no problem and maybe even fun (at first). Since T and I have already spent enough time apart, I’m thankful that I don’t have to travel yet.
Life: We haven’t done too many interesting things in our new area yet. We’re still settling in a bit, and I haven’t been my usual planner self. Maybe that will be another February goal. 🙂