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
Thank you, everyone, for your emails, comments, and support. I am incredibly grateful for them! I had a few weeks of just overwhelmed and rudderless, but over the last week or so found my footing. I was so angry at first, here I am FIRE blogging, building an office to coach people, and now I'm … Continue reading Practical steps ahead.
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.
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
Have you been forced to spend all your assets to maintain your benefits and keep under the $2,000 Medicaid asset test? Good news for you! (And me.) Able tax advantaged accounts are now available for all US residents disabled before the age of 26. The funds placed in an Able account must be used for … Continue reading (Dis) Able Investment Accounts
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!
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
If you follow me on social media you will know that for the last seven months I have been very, very slowly working on my fitness. I hope I am smart enough to have learned not to rush into things and hurt myself or burn out or let perfectionism get the best of me. Yep. … Continue reading Ways to Save: Running Gear
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
In real life things often come up that interfere with our fantasies of how debt pay off or investment build up will look like. We plan and plan and plan some more and sh*t happens. That's just life. By the way, I'm saying this with amusement, not dour sadness and frustration. If things went to … Continue reading Real life; not fantasy.