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19 months and counting…

Hey everyone!

This post is a little late this month MOSTLY because I have been busy trying to streamline and get my life back under control.  As most people in my life know I am literally a tiny bull in a China shop so things like this often take much longer than they should.

This month I focused on attempting to find a way to streamline my finances and make sure I get things taken care of like I need to.  Mostly my few remaining debts and my dental work.

That being said when you have no income that can make these two goals hard.

I thought I had a little time before I had to worry about my dental work but of course that wasn’t the case.    Fortunately after a lot of research and shopping around I found a very affordable option to see a dentist and get dental work taken care of.   I plan on writing a full post on this very soon because believe me I know how stressful being uninsured can be and I want to help you the best I can.

So as far as a recap/countdown goes I don’t have much to report except I have been doing ok selling on Poshmark so that helps with my financial situation but there is absolutely NO room for anything extra.

I have completed about half of my TEFL and I am going to really try and get it finished this month.   I really want to have that certification asap so I can start teaching and getting valuable experience as my leave date draws closer.

I am hoping to start a YouTube channel soon, I have been a bit addicted to YouTube lately and I am hoping to start one.   I do not have a date on this just yet.

No savings updates this month but I am hoping to start those back up this Summer as think my money situation will change.

I didn’t read ANY books this month but  I am hoping to read many more this month.   I am currently reading The Last Empire by Brandon Sanderson.   This books has been on my to be read shelf for well over 2 years and I am loving it so far.

My favorite Netflix show this month was The Indian Detective.  A laugh out loud show that will be reviewed on this blog in the next few days!

My favorite Netflix movie was Radius which I will not be reviewing on the blog but I feel this movie is worth watching.   It is so good.   I picked it out as I thought it was going to make the bad Netflix list but I actually really enjoyed it.  My super picky brother loved it too.

What are my plans this month?

I am going to start making lesson plan files.   I really want to have a large database of lesson plans I can pull from when I teach abroad so this is something I can start working on now.

I am going to finish my TEFL.

I am going to start my dreaded dental work.

I am also going to go back to my “cooking around the world” goal, I am going to pick five countries this month and find recipes.  Wish me luck.

So not the greatest recap but at least I feel much better than I did the last two.

Yes the feature image on this post is of my fursibling Splinter.  Hahaha.  I am home a lot so I spend a lot of time with Splinter and Pepper as you can probably tell on my instagram.

 

20 months and counting… and gaining perspective

OK I admit when I wrote this post  I was still pretty bitter about getting fired, but at the same time it felt damn good giving my side of the story.

It also made me realize that as my best friend Stacie puts it.. “time to shit or get off the pot”   Why am I always taking jobs that I am not suited for?  Why do I never jump and pursue my passions.

Truth is I dream to travel and I dream to have a job where I can work remotely.

So that is what I am pursuing and for the first time in life, I am excited.  I am excited to job search, I am excited to do what I want and pursue passions.   I finally feel like I am living and pursuing what I want.

This past month was AMAZING and I will be writing lots of posts.

Other than that not much to update on, I am still hunting for the perfect remote job and I am hoping to land one this month!

21 months and counting and OH I GOT FIRED

This article accidentally published yesterday when it shouldn’t have… I started writing it and scheduled it but never went back and edited it to be accurate.

So my dear friends I am 100% doing that today and yes this is going to be a somewhat negative post about life circumstances.

In short this past month absolutely sucked and there is nothing I can do about it… I got fired from my job because I wasn’t a “good fit” which honestly is a load of shit.

I overheard my boss talking about what a worthless human I was… seriously not exaggerating and I said I was going to HR the next day to another manager… and then I was fired (can’t trust ANYONE seriously).  I got my verbal (for dress code, I wore a hoodie one day when it was freezing mind you this was over a month before I got fired and believe me I never wore it again I just froze while they made me chase down maintenance because it was too “cold” ) got my written warning for being unprofessional (I mean I said I was going to HR I guess that isn’t very professional… but  so is screaming at another person about how worthless you are because you didn’t have enough “cups for a meeting” and being loud enough that I over hear it) and terminated all within 30 minutes of each other.  I mean go big or go home am I right?

I was fired because I wasn’t liked and you know what I am 100% ok with that because I gave 100% to that job even though they changed my job title within 2 days of me starting that job… because they had to move another person (due to her lack of professionalism… co-worker words not mine, she was actually the only one ever willing to help me understand HOW to do the job) to another position so they put me in her position.   So while I was hesitant to take that job because I knew I didn’t exactly meet the qualifications I truly tried to learn it as fast as I could and I guess at the end of the day I fell short.

I mean shit is what it is and at the end of the day I truly did my best and I was planning on leaving in two years anyway to teach abroad so the only thing I am missing is the paycheck.   I do not want to work with horrible humans and at the end of the day that is what that person is seriously EVERYONE talks about how horrible, petty, superficial she is… I should have listened to them from day one… but I was being objective and gave her the benefit of the doubt.  Hell an ENTIRE team has gone to HR on her and yet she is still employed.  Seriously I get mad just thinking about the entire situation. Then I realize it was just a job and seriously do you want to work for a person that bitches about you not wearing heels but feels it is appropriate to walk through an office barefoot??? So much happened in my short time there that I am reminded yet again corporate America is simply NOT for me.

So what does this mean for my plans…

well I am still going to China ( I mean it is 100% paid for and non refundable so yeah there is that) and I am going to have a great time.

When I come back I will have to find a new job to at least pay the bills but again it is going to make me cut my expenses even further which isn’t really a bad thing the less I spend the more I can save for when I get a new job.

I am hoping that I find something within 2 weeks of me getting back from China so I don’t have to dip into savings.  I think I am still ok and on track to leave by my date… this is just a speed bump and God know I have encountered plenty of those in my life time.

So that is the real month countdown and we will see where I am come March 1st and seriously friends if you ever encounter a speed bump in your dreams just pick up the pieces and keep moving forward and don’t ever let a person stand in your way.

 

 

22 months and counting!

 

Happy New Year Everyone! 

I hope you have a rock star 2018. 

Oh my! Now that the holiday’s are over I can get my life together and focus on budgeting and saving more money.    I am going to China in one month but thankfully I have been saving cash slowly and will not be dipping into savings as I have actually budgeted and allocated money to spend while in China.   I feel very adult like, I budgeted 🙂  Plus I really focused on things I can get in China… like do I really need that caffeine shot that is a bowl of noodles in Chengdu!  Or I don’t need that purse I can buy three pairs of silk PJ bottoms with that money.

Seriously thinking like that will save you a LOT of money.  I promise.

Let me go ahead and jump into the savings numbers for the month.

I have saved a total of $900.78: Remaining Reach Saving Goal: $35,099.22 approx. 2.57% of  my reach goal.  It is 17.67% of my I am willing to leave at anytime goal. 

When I set an initial “baby” goal of 2k and I really did not realize how fast I could get to that number.   While I am excited to be half way to the “baby” goal I have to admit I am sad that I have blown so much money prior to now because if I am able to save this much money in such a short time that is strong indication I BLEW way too much money.  Oh my god.

Debts– I handled two small collections accounts that were on my credit.  I am going to be honest I am not too worried about my credit score right now because I just went through a MAJOR debt over haul to get my life back on track.   That being said any debts I can get taken care of right now I am doing it.  I rather save a little less money and have less debts than the other way around.

Also I think it is fair to note, I am not planning on financing a car or house any time soon so I can be a little “whatever” about my credit score.   I have time on my side to not only get out of debt and save money but let my credit take a hit to get my money and finances back on track.   This is not for every one but based on my personal situation it was the right decision for me.

Truthfully I do not have much of an update for this month as it is not really different from my 23rd month countdown.  I suspect most will be like this until I get within a year of leaving. So I will just jump into my 3 baby goals for the month.

  1. Get to $2,000.   I am still working on this goal, which if everything goes to plan I should hit it by time I do my next countdown post.
  2. Start my TEFL course.   I plan on writing a full post on this because oh my god y’all finding a TEFL course that meets all requirements and helping you be competitive is overwhelming.
  3. Handle my toll road debt– UGH! Guys I have truly been putting this off far too long.   When I was unemployed I ran way too many tolls… and now I owe way too much money.  Sadly while I can’t mitigate this debt it is a debt that must be handled prior to departure.  They do set up payment plans and the plan lasts 11 months, so given my current time frame and I know in 11 months time I will be in my window of departure I have to take care of this now.

So those are my three goals for January.   The first week of February I will be in Chengdu but I have budgeted and allocated money for that trip.  I will not be touching my Teach Abroad Fund.   I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal but once upon a time I would have spent the extra money per check and charged my trip or dipped into my measly savings.   So this is a big thing for me.

Things I learned:

I literally can teach English anywhere and every time I look into a new country “I just have to go there” While I truly think I will end up in China, I may not.  It will be interesting to see where I do end up though.

There are so many options out there for TEFL take your time to research and find the perfect program for you!

When ever I transfer money to savings I am disappointed I spent money haha it is fun to come up with ways to make the fund grow anyway possible.

Once you really decided to do this it is so amazing and you realize just how true all those blogs are your life does start to change the minute you decide to start doing this.

I have enough miles to buy one way pretty much anywhere in the world.  I have one credit card now that is my miles card.  I use it for all my bills and expenses and pay it every pay period.    I am racking miles because I figure the more miles I have prior to leaving the better.   It also has no foreign transaction fees and I can use it almost anywhere so it is the one card I kept when I decided to mitigate all my debt.

It is time to plan for some car maintenance 🙁 While I am in China I am putting my car in the shop to take care of an issue.  Totally sucks but considering this car HAS to last me until I leave I don’t have much of a choice.  It is also time to budget for new tires.  Seriously having to deal with a car sucks, I will be so glad when I can let that go.   If you are somewhere where you don’t have to own a car you are so lucky!

I am also making travel plans (yes I know that is not how you save but I realized I could be a little more lenient since I am planning on teaching abroad) I am only going to take a trip if I can save for it.  I am treating my teach abroad fund like a black hole once it goes in it is gone forever until I find my first job!