I’m Back and I’m an Idiot

It’s that time of the year again where everyone reflects on their lives and try to make an improvement. This year will be no different for me. I’m going to give this blogging thing another go just to realize later this year that I actually don’t have time to blog and fail miserably.

I’ve set a lot of goals last year and the main ones that I’m very happy about achieving was that I’ve kept track of all my income and expenditure. I make a budget every month though. When I received a bonus in August, I had so much money that I didn’t feel the need to keep checking my budget to make sure I’m still on track.

I’ve also managed to pass all my subjects in 2016. If all goes well I will graduate at the end of this year. Semester 4 has to go down as one of the toughest semesters. I just never had enough time to get everything done, but I still managed. I was ready to quit school twice. I got angry and upset with the school, especially with my Distributed Systems Programming lecturer (more on that on a later blog post).

Last year saw me change positions for the third year running. 2014 I was promoted from clerk to supervisor, 2015 I was promoted from supervisor to manager and in 2016 I switch from finance to IT and now I’m a computer analyst (or business and data analyst to be more specific). I got news about the switch to the new position in June but it only took effect in December. It was a very frustrating period in my career, but I’m happy to finally be in the field of IT.

No big no-no’s last year. Being married to my wife was smooth sailing most of the time. We hardly ever had any arguments. Our relationship is growing stronger and stronger with each passing day. We understand each other better. I’m mostly the guilty party when it comes to arguments because I show my anger a lot.

I didn’t get my driver’s permit last year, but I am starting to drive. I’m driving almost every day now. It’s just a matter of time before I do get my driver’s permit. Then I can share the driving load with my wife. She is a very impatient driver and gets stressed out a lot by traffic. If I can lighten that load on her end, she’ll be an even happier wife at home.

Last thing I’d like to mention before ending this post. I am the world’s biggest idiot. Last month I bought myself a new smart phone. I was very excited about this. I saw a video online of the same model phone as mine being submerged in water for a minute with no consequences at all, but there is no mention that the phone is waterproof or water-resistant by the phone manufacturer.

This past weekend my wife and I, together with her parents went camping. We went for a swim, I took my phone with me. I took a couple of selfies in the pool. I so badly wanted to take an underwater photo. My wife told me not to. I didn’t listen. As I came out the water, my phone was black. I put the phone in rice. When I turned it back on, the phone wasn’t reacting to any touches on the screen. Now I have to take the phone in for repair and hope it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg to fix it. I am so upset with myself. WHY DID I NOT LISTEN TO MY WIFE? I think that’s not the last time I’ll be uttering those words this year.

Happy new year and thanks for reading.


I suck at blogging

It’s no secret that I suck at blogging. I am not a very good writer. I also seem to lose interest very quickly when life starts getting busy. As soon as I need to do a little research about a problem I’m looking to solve, I find myself back here.

I guess I’m back for now. For how long I don’t know. I guess if I stick around long enough it will become a habit. I haven’t picked up a lot of habits lately, so thay might be a long shot as well.

Why am I back this time? Marriage. My bachelor era is coming to an end. Only two more weeks left. I’ve been smoking so much marijuana the past couple of months I’ve been in a constant high. My fiancé knows I smoke weed, she joins me occasionally, I just don’t tell her how much I smoke. It’s a sort of don’t ask don’t tell sort of thing. I’m just smoking as much as I can now cause I know once we live together I will probably only smoke once every other weekend otherwise she will think I have a problem. That’s the only thing I think I will really miss about being a bachelor.

Anyway, I lost the plot there a bit. The reason why I’m back is cause our pastor told us we should be reading up on marriage to help with our marriage. So I followed the the terms “relationships” and “marriage” for a while on Flipboard and shared some articles with my fiancé if I liked it. Later I felt the articles were a bit shit. Same magazines giving the same advice. It’s always a list. 5 signs that your sex is bad. 7 reasons to clean. 10 things this and 4 things that.

So I wanted something a little more personal I guess. Stories from men who are actually in a bad marriage or difficult sitautions and not articles from therapists who wrote an article in Psychology Today.

I will also try to share my own stories and frustrations. Maybe not to get some more readers/followers but as a diary that I can one day reflect back upon and maybe learn from my experiences.
So here we go again. I’m a blogger again.

Thanks for reading.

New Financial Journey – She said yes.

Starting a blog is harder than I initially thought it would be. There is just so much that goes into running a blog. There isn’t enough time in the day to make posts that I think people will take the time to write.

My personal finance blog failed miserably. Most of the personal finance blogs I read were so cool and interesting. It had all sorts of graphs and charts and I wanted to mimic that but I never had the time and patience to do it. Too many grand ideas that were never executed.

My personal finance journey wasn’t that bad though. I didn’t need all the apps. I didn’t need the spreadsheets. I didn’t need most of things. All I needed was a budget. That’s it. Most months I didn’t even write down my budget because it was the same every month. I paid my rent and my debt first. What money that was left was reserved for food and entertainment.

Now I am back to studying and my place got broken into a couple of weeks back. Now there are expenses that I never planned for. I didn’t have insurance or an emergency fund. I am also engaged for 11 days now and the wedding will be in December (if it stays that way).

Now another journey is about to start. Things was much too easy for me the past 3-4 months. Life handed me some serious lemons.