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September 2004

Random Acts

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Do you perform random acts of money kindness? Have you ever been the recipient of something unexpected? Besides always tipping generously at restaurants, I try to help people out when they’re in dire need. I’m going to try to keep that article in mind and do more when I can.

Monthly Update?

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Some readers have been curious about my monthly status. Some are concerned because I haven’t been posting regular updates over the last few months. Here’s the issue, for some background…

In March, I decided to leave my corporate job to teach in a high school. This is what my college education was geared to, and a position opened up that was perfect for me. I was hired on a contract through June, with the “highest possibility” of being rehired for the fall. I eventually picked up a new car to get myself around, since public transportation was no longer an option.

I convinced the corporation to keep me on the payroll; they still needed help I could give over my vacations. That’s exactly what I did over spring break. I made some extra money at my old corporate job part time.

The summer came, and I was informed that there was going to be restructuring in the district’s arts department, and since I was the latest to be hired, they couldn’t bring me back for the fall. I went back to the corporate job as soon as possible, while I continued searching for a new teaching job.

Technically, I was making more as a teacher. It was pretty close, since I had overtime and bonuses as part of the corporation, and if I had been rehired as a teacher for the fall, I would have had stipends on top of my already-higher base salary. But I wasn’t rehired…

I may have an opportunity to teach this fall. The base salary of both this new school and my corporate job are the same, but my corporate job pays more when bonuses and overtime are factored in.

My salary over the past few months has been in flux. I’m not sure that I want to go back into teaching, especially into a position that’s not just right for me. But I’m sort of in limbo working at the corporation, and I feel like I need to find something new if I am to stay here.

On top of this, I’ve been considering going to law school. Doing so would of course send me so far into debt I’m a little worried what will happen. At 28, I feel like I’ve already lost too much valuable time without a clear direction.

In the mean time, I haven’t been able to save as much as I would have hoped. I promise to post an update soon.