I know I promised that my next post would be my 2013 goals but I'm honestly still thinking about them. I've also just started classes again yesterday and getting back into the groove with my new schedule, new and old classes, and settling back in again at home. I got all of my grades back finally, and I'm happy to say that I passed all of my classes! I'm not too disappointed with them, especially with the mandatory curve and all, but I take comfort in knowing that I tried my darned hardest and studied my butt off and I have zero regrets. This semester, I'll take into account everything that worked and learn from mistakes, plan early, and just enjoy myself more by stressing out less.
BF's New Job
Today I just really needed to blog about a life-changing event because it's something that I thought would never happen, or that I thought might happen in the future but definitely didn't think it would happen any time soon. The boyfriend and I have always been realists. We've prepared and expected for the worst. We know how much debt he has from student loans and we know how much I'm adding to that pile (and trust me, it's a lot). We save a lot, barely go out, barely eat out, don't travel (unless it's to see family close-by), and we just have a very frugal mindset. We're not unhappy though, it's just the lifestyle we choose to adopt because we've always shared a goal of being debt-free one day. Today, we were blessed with some amazing news.
He's going to get an almost 50% pay increase in salary for a job that he loves!
The whirlwind of events all started last Thursday when BF got a suspicious email from a hiring recruiter in the military (BF's not in the military btw). Apparently it was for a job he applied for a few weeks ago. We were apprehensive at first and actually thought it was spam mail. He ended up filling out a bunch of paperwork and then everything just happened so quickly. On Friday, the recruiter scheduled a phone interview with someone in Afghanistan, and on Monday he received salary information. Today he received an offer letter!
We honestly thought this would never happen to us, and I'm so shocked and excited and proud that he's accomplishing his dreams. He'll be getting back to cost estimating for National Security (military training and tracking systems and other stuff like that) and it just makes me really excited that he's happy and doing what he wants to do. This burden has been sitting on his shoulders for the past 5 years. Ever since he graduated he's struggled to find a job that he liked and that paid him even decently. He couldn't even move out of his parents house since the salary he was always making wasn't even enough to live off of with all of his student loans. He made the decision to stay at home and save as much as he could instead of moving out and spending all of his money on rent and putting more on credit cards just to get by.
I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason. There were so many times when I listened to him and his struggles at work, all of the times he went unappreciated, treated badly, outcasted, treated like dirt by upper management, racially harassed, being forced into unethical situations (a huge reason why he left his last job was because he didn't want to be part of it). He's had such bad luck with his previous jobs and I thought he would never catch a break. There were lots of times when I saw him frustrated because he had to stay at his job for money reasons, because of the loans, and because he was tied down. This fierce passion to do better in life came from these experiences and I think he grew into a more humble and hard-working person because of it. He became more financially savvy by saving as much as he could because he wanted to own property even though he wasn't making a lot. He never bought expensive items, heck, he never shopped for himself. I think in the past 5 years he's only purchased 1 cheap suit, 5 pairs of pants at Wal-Mart, and basic necessities like underwear and socks.
The first thing he said when he got the offer letter was, "I can finally buy new shoes." He's been holding off on buying dress shoes for so long. I swear he's worn the same pair that he's had since high school, which was over 13 years ago haha! I still can't believe that this is all happening in such a bad economy, and when there are hardly any jobs available, especially for his industry and the specific job he was looking for that catered to his background. He's been rejected so many times within these past 5 years from several "dream jobs" but he finally found the job he's been looking and waiting for.
The job is located in San Diego so we'll still be doing long-distance, but I'm just honestly so happy for him. I can't remember the last time I saw him this happy, it affects me so much. He was just talking about how worried he was because his savings was running low. It just goes to show that you should never, ever give up on chasing your dreams...even when things seem like they are just getting worse. Oh, and always keep saving for a rainy day...you seriously never know when you'll need it. If the BF didn't have savings, he wouldn't have been able to quit his job a few months ago. He would have been stressed out and would have had to take the first job he could find, one not related to his career path or interests, and one that did not pay him for what he's worth.
He seriously inspires me and I hope his story inspired some of you!