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Our Story: Both my wife and I are 27 years old and have gone through financial hell and back. Now we are on track to financial freedom, however we are not financial advisors or professionals, just everyday people. Share our journey from a negative networth and email us if you have questions or comments! :)


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Frustration at the job I hate.

I put my 2 weeks in for my current job because I will be starting my new one in mid-June. Thanks for the great comments and support everyone. Here's what's been bugging me at the office though. Ever since I got my new job and my manager announcing it to the rest of our team, there has been mixed emotions going around the office. Even though there are those rare individuals that are happy you are going to a better place, there are so many that have lashed out with jealousy, anger, frustration and even a dark kind of envy. This has left me to believe that some coworkers that I thought of as friends have for the worst, turned on me. At the same time I'm so excited about not only doubling my income but going to a stress free position of my dreams. So I'm a little mixed inside. I try not to show that I'm happy and try to limit the questions I ask. Example: If I do ask something job related, some coworker says, "well you're not going to be here so why do you care". Well its because its my job still. As you can read in the last post on motivation, or lack there of, its been going on for long enough. I'm over being frustrated. Why can't people just be happy for someone? I've always supported a fellow group member in good decisions. I'm just over being here and can't wait til June 2.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006


You know the feeling... when the human resources manager calls you to inform you that you've been hired! Well thats me at about 10am today~! I knew that it was coming as you can tell from my previous posts (Ive been wanting this job for so long), however CONFIRMATION is like the nail in the coffin. I will turn in my resignation letter tomorrow. After almost 3 years, it feels good to finally be out of a place that has gotten monotonous, boring and is beating me over the head DAILY! Thanks for everyones support! Im excited and a little anxious about whats to come :)

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Workplace motivation...

While waiting for my results from a final panel interview with a fortune 20 company, I sadly feel less and less motivated at my current job. After my interview, the PMs (project managers) stated that they loved my previous work and showed me around the building and where my team was going to be located. If I'm hired, I am to receive a packet in the mail by Tuesday regarding benefits packages and salary information. At my current job, I will put in my two weeks (one of them being paid vacation). This is to say they are basically paying me to get my items removed from my desk, train my replacement, and leave on good terms. However it is for a lack of a better word... boring. I now feel unmotivated when I goto the office. I have bent over backwards for the past 3 years for this company and they end up screwing me for the last 6 months. So I guess I have no REAL motiviation to work. I know in my mind that I already have gotten the job, so until I leave I am stuck twiddling my fingers and practicing my ping pong in the lounge.

Weekly Quote: Every morning, I get up and look through the 'Forbes' list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hooked on My Instant Win

I love to win free things. The website MY INSTANT WIN that aggregates promotions from sites like Quaker, United, Dell, Mobil Gas and much much more. I find that after I register the first time which may take a minute or two that the next few times all I have to enter is my email address to get a chance to win some free stuff. Also, so I dont get spammed 40 different ways from Tuesday, I always remember to click on the button that says that I dont want any solicitation emails from the company or its subsidiaries. So far I won a couple gift cards and a few printed coupons for freebie products. Beware though: its addictive if you get into it! Anyone ever win anything on the internet for free?

Also if you have been following with me, Im still in the running to get this spectacular job. I had a final interview on Wednesday and will know by the end of this week. Cross your fingers!!

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