I am so excited that it is Frugal FinCon Fiesta time! I have questions and I hope you do to. Many of my fellow bloggers are posting “Ask Me Anything” posts – so get your questions ready. I have posted so questions below and feel free to answer one or just say “hi.” If you are a blogger and you have blogged about one of these topics before – you could even provide a link to that post.
My questions for readers and bloggers:
1. How do you find new blogs to read?
2. How long does it take you to write a post from start to pushing the publish button?
3. How do you find balance between all the obligations you have in your life? If you are a blogger – how do you fit blogging in?
4. Do you blog full-time? If not, have you considered it?
5. When you read blogs, what are some of the things you are looking for and what blog posts do you find most appealing?
These are my questions but feel free to Ask Me Anything and I will update the post with my answers.
Some great questions!
#1 piece of advice for people who are planning on having kids?
A bit of a contradiction but I would say – you are allowed to ignore parenting advice. I have 2 wonderful kids with “needs” and I have been on the receiving end on more than my fair share of advice sometimes. There are no rules – as long as a child’s needs are met and they are safe and healthy – anything goes.
If someone gave you a kitten, what would you name it?
Funny, my parents found 2 abandoned kittens under their shed this summer. The mommy cat was unfortunate traffic victim. They captured them and my brother adopted them. I suggested Smokey and Petey but they didn’t like those names.
Why did you start blogging PF?
I am very fond of money. LOL. I spend an unnatural amount of time thinking about it, studying it, adding it up….. so PF seemed natural. My background is also kinda sorta PF related.
What have you learned from your blog?
I have learned that I should have paid attention in English class. I have learned that I write with a passive voice, that I probably should not quit my day job to become a full-time blogger, and that I have something to say.
Do you think you will ever share your full debt numbers with us?
I am not sure. I will share a couple of hints. My debt includes a healthy mortgage and a small investment loan. It is not unmanageable or too shocking (I think) but not sure how I feel about it. (Post Script – I did add it up and it is painful to look at though!)
What do you enjoy about your job and what do you not enjoy?
I find my job has very high highs and very low-lows. (Or maybe I am bipolar???) I fall in and out of love everyday. My favorite part is that I get to solve problems and look for innovative solutions. I spend a lot of time trying to solve operational puzzles and I get to see my solutions come to life. But it is hard work, I encounter many obstacles along the way – but I guess if it was easy I wouldn’t have a job. I also work with some great people. I have to travel sometimes and I find that part draining.
A funny aside – not related to any question but I am watching :Amélie (2001)“Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” If you can handle watching a weird subtitled foreign film (that was also nominated for 5 oscars) – please know that if I was French and beautiful I would be Amélie Poulain.
What was the final straw that made you decide it was time to get out of debt?
I had a wake up call when we were having a great time blowing money on our back-yard money pit. We ran out of money and the project went over budget. It was clear that we needed to address our spending. I spent a lot of time focusing on spending reduction first. Now working on plan for debt and savings.
*New* Do you have an estimated retirement age? What do you envision your retirement will look like?
Great questions. It is something I need to figure out. I think we could “semi-retire” now if we were willing to accept a major change to our lifestyle. I cut the cable last week and my family is threatening a mutiny – so not sure they would be very accepting. I see a simple, carefree retirement. Nothing flashy.
I have my fingers crossed for all the 2014 Plutus Awards finalists and look forward to celebrating with everyone.