Author: Adventurer

Pushing for Personal Growth

Pushing for Personal Growth

Practice what you preach!  Our work has a leadership development program, and applications come out once per year.  I was not accepted last year (there were only 15 spots for over 80 applicants, and yes, I was completely and utterly crushed), but I’m determined to apply again this year.  It’s a great opportunity to develop my leadership skills and network with peers in a similar situation.  As such, I have spent the weekend working on my application instead of writing a new post.  I wanted to share a snippet, which should clear up some confusion about why I’ve been so busy lately!

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How to Find the Job You Really Want

How to Find the Job You Really Want

“When I grow up, I want to… *crickets.*” This is one of the hardest questions to answer.  It seems like no one is working in the field they earned their degree in anymore.  Who knows how long a career in a certain field will even last?  With all the positions you’ve held, what has your career path even been?  And how do you find the job you really want?

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One Year Along!

One Year Along!

It has already been about a year since I thought up my blog, created a domain, and wrote a word doc list of over 80 ideas for posts I wanted to write. I spent last summer typing away, ending up with 40 ready-to-publish posts and over 100 more ideas on my list, before going live in September.  I wanted to take a moment to share that I’m grateful to all of you who are on this journey with me, and to those who have helped me along!  I love finding my site randomly mentioned, sharing ideas, and especially interacting with all of you through comments and social media.

Happy Tuesday!

Love the Adventurer

I’ve officially renewed another 2 years!
How Much Should I Be Saving?

How Much Should I Be Saving?

I always recommend at minimum that you save 15% of your salary to put into retirement accounts, although it potentially means 40 years of work.  (If you start at age 25, you can retire at age 65.  Fair enough.)  Always take advantage of any employee matching programs, and contribute the minimum required to get the full match.  There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer for an overall savings rate, so let’s talk about what works for your situation.

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Put a Plant on Your Desk

Put a Plant on Your Desk

Happy Earth Day (on April 22)!  It was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.  His goal was to channel the energy inspired by the student anti-war movement, and 20 million Americans from various backgrounds rallied together in protest of the way the environment was being treated.  In honor of Earth Day and the environment, consider adding a new plant to your desk, whether it’s in an office or in your home.

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Useful Graduation Gift Ideas

Useful Graduation Gift Ideas

I’m a huge advocate for giving useful and thoughtful gifts for all occasions.  Graduations are no exception.  I feel that items don’t have to be new, as long as they are good quality.  However, you should always recognize preferences of the receivers of your gifts and consider what they’d actually appreciate.

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Havana Ooh Na-Na

Havana Ooh Na-Na

Both halves of my heart will be in Havana, Cuba in September.  The Wanderer and I will be joining Physician on FIRE’s pre-FinCon cruise before heading to Orlando for FinConFeel free to join in on the fun.  You could even travel hack and “sail for free” since most travel credit cards label “Cruise” as travel.  I’ve never been on a cruise before, but I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Details: the Royal Caribbean cruise departs from Tampa, Florida at 4pm on Saturday, September 22nd and returns Wednesday, September 26th at 7am.  The stops are Key West, Florida on Sunday and Havana, Cuba on Monday.

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