2019 Financial Goals

Not a super sexy title and behind on the times, but I needed some time to really think about what my goals were. 2018 was so financially motivated that now, with less financial things to think about I struggled to really clarify my goals. I needed this time to make sense of what they needed … Continue reading 2019 Financial Goals

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Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame

For the last twenty plus years I have wrestled with guilt. I call it, “survivor’s guilt,” as a riff on the original meaning. I survive today because programs exist to support people with disabilities at a rate far greater than the past. Yet there is such a stigma attached to using them when your disability … Continue reading Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame

Social Security: Part 3 – Working

"You can work on disability?"  This question is asked a lot, generally with disbelief or shock.  The general public believes that if you are "permanently and totally disabled," and unable to do, "substantial gainful activity," you are unable to do anything. Period. Full stop. Let's discuss a few things here.  One is the idea that … Continue reading Social Security: Part 3 – Working

Social Security (SSDI): The numbers. Part two.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability you must meet federally established requirements for "permanent and total disability," including being unable to work for over a year in the future.  You also must have completed enough work credits (worked enough reported full time hours) to qualify for the insurance benefit.  I believe I only … Continue reading Social Security (SSDI): The numbers. Part two.

Elephant in the room: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance.) Part One.

People are always interested in SSDI and what it entails, what it's like, just generally everything about it.  They also have the misinformed idea that it's a livable amount of money. That it is somehow living on easy street and that it's permanent.  It's none of those things.   This post is going to discuss my … Continue reading Elephant in the room: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance.) Part One.