Practical Step 3: Bridge the Gap

Hello friends! Have you completed steps one and two on this practical steps when the ish hits the fan journey? Fabulous! Let's get into it. Step three is all about bridging the gap between step one's inventory and step two's shortfall list. If you are like me and created a spreadsheet you could easily create … Continue reading Practical Step 3: Bridge the Gap

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Practical Step One: Inventory

So. Everything has hit the fan. You've lost your job. Your health is screwed. Something major has happened. You are freaking out. Overwhelmed. Pick a place to start. Here is my suggestion for practical, actionable works. Take inventory. Of everything. How much food do you have in your house? Pantry and freezer? How much pet … Continue reading Practical Step One: Inventory

Hello, my friends.

Things are difficult right now. I lost Grace suddenly and unexpectedly and am grieving. I have developed new health issues. Yes, new, as in more. I've had an MRI, worn a heart monitor, had a treadmill stress test and am scheduled for an upcoming echo. My nerve condition has appeared to worsen, or may even … Continue reading Hello, my friends.

Lost Time. Or: 51 Doctor Appointments

Recently I wondered about how many doctor appointments I had last year. Since I have a personal policy of chasing down all idle curiosities I pulled out last year's planner. 51. I even left out a few lab only appointments, but balls! 51! When people think about how chronic illness can eat up a person's … Continue reading Lost Time. Or: 51 Doctor Appointments

Travel hacking my way to Belize!

I've dropped small hints and what not, but haven't really discussed in depth the work I've been doing the last several years in order to send my family on a trip for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. If you've never done anything like this for family, boy, does it feel good to do! We had … Continue reading Travel hacking my way to Belize!

Fire Journey: Disrupted

All those well laid plans for 2019 have NOT worked out, but that's okay, because if I've learned one thing in this life it is how to pivot PIVOT pivot(!) and recover. From January's negative income month, to February's barely there income, to the IRS tax bills I didn't understand I would be receiving and … Continue reading Fire Journey: Disrupted

Side gig – Sign up bonuses

Working on SSDI means you are limited to $1,100 a month or you lose your benefits. Losing the income would be difficult, but losing the medical would be deadly. This said, during times when I am not so bad off I try to come up with ways to bring in additional income that is unearned. … Continue reading Side gig – Sign up bonuses