My girlfriend and I are spending this week on vacation in Myrtle Beach. It’s my first visit to this area, and we are enjoying it. I’ve never been a big fan of the beach, but that may be only because most of my experience involves the Jersey shore. I’m learning to appreciate the “do-less” vacation, though I still like to take in the best of the area.
I don’t play golf, the activity that, other than beach-going, seems to be the most popular activity around here. We’re staying on the top floor of a hotel in the north end of Myrtle Beach, with an oceanfront view. We’re far enough away from the craziness in the heart of Myrtle Beach, so the streets and beach aren’t as crowded as they could be.
This photograph is a view from our balcony. The hotel room isn’t our only splurge, either. We rented a convertible for the week to get around. With my luck, I expected it to rain all week, but the weather has been relatively good and we’ve been able to enjoy our drives.
This is a vacation, but I’m taking a break only from my day job. I’m still working hard developing articles for Consumerism Commentary and U.S. News, researching topics and outlining questions for the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, and taking care of related business. As I review my monthly finances as I do at the beginning of every month, I consider whether all the money I’m spending on this vacation — and I’m not quite taking the frugal approach this time around — is worthwhile.
We’ll see how those expenses affect my net worth next month. For now, I’m looking at July. The month was not shabby. Five Fridays in the month occasionally present me with three pay checks, so that, in addition to a significant increase in “alternative” income, is bumping my net worth higher.
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With a few more months like July, I will feel much more confident about my ability to leave my day job in favor of working on a number of my own projects.
Published or updated August 4, 2010.