Thursday, December 31, 2020

Another 2020 Update

 I have been so checked out on blogging and hadn't even seen the comments on my last post until just now. It is good to hear updates from longtime readers-- some sad news, unfortunately, but also some positive news. Deaths and births and life ongoing, as everyone adjusts to the pandemic.

I lost a dear friend this past week, to old age and unrelated to COVID, but it made me think about how much I value spending time with loved ones, which has been difficult these past months. I saw this friend a few times this year, always a bit worried about the risk to her of any outing, even a tiny, socially distant, mostly outdoor, or at least well-ventilated gathering. She had lived a very long life, and wanted to keep living it fully as best she could. We went to a museum together a few months ago, and she came to my house for Thanksgiving. She was hoping to visit Paris again when travel resumed. She was 94 years old.

On a more positive note, the pandemic has had a silver lining for me. I got a job! I used to sometimes hear from friends in my industry who thought I might be interested in certain openings, but when I said I didn't want to commute into NYC at all, things fell apart. But now that everyone is working remotely for the near future, that all changed! The perfect job kind of fell into my lap-- a more junior, less stressful position than I've had in a while, with a flexible schedule and decent benefits. I can work from home permanently. I wasn't sure I wanted a "real" job again, but I feel like this is something where I can be useful. It doesn't pay much in comparison to my past jobs, but it's more than enough to cover the costs of my current lifestyle and put me back into the mode of saving money instead of depleting my resources. And I figured with everything pretty much shut down because of the pandemic, I had nothing better to do anyway! Sweetie is a little bored while I'm working away upstairs, but when the time comes that we want to travel again and do other things, I'll see what I can work out in terms of reduced hours. So far I am happy enough that I think I'd like to continue part-time work for the longer term, but if that isn't possible, I can always just retire again, and be in a better financial position than the last time I tried to retire. One thing I've realized is that I am very good at working, but not very good at managing my own time in a productive and creative way. I need some kind of project to organize-- for a while it was moving, and home renovations, but once those things were past, I was getting bored again and COVID left me feeling even more aimless. So even if it's not quite the post-retirement plan I'd envisioned, I'm in a good place.

I have lots more money stuff to talk about-- how much I invested in home office ergonomics, Sweetie's new car, my mom, my investments, and a recap of my 2020 budget and net worth. I'll try to get to it before summer! Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a joyous and healthy 2021.


T'Pol said...

Happy New Year Madame X to you and yours! Nice to hear from you. Congrats on teh part-time job. I have a part-time job too and it keeps me occupied somewhat and during these days when we need stay home, it helps the day go by faster. Sometimes I feel differently though.

Looking forward to your financial updates. Satey safe and be well.

Laura705 said...

Happy New Year to you! My condolences to you for the loss of your friend. Sad she couldn't make that last trip to Paris.

Congrats on the new job. I've been working remotely since mid-March 2020 and don't miss my commute into the city (I live in a suburb of Chicago). I'm sure I'll continue to work remotely for some time going forward. Your retirement sounded like a nice break and it's great you were able to get back to work on your terms.

Look forward to more updates!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're still posting. Congrats on your new job. Sounds kind of ideal to me, still working and staying active, yet lower stress and flexible schedule. It's the kind of of semi-retirement I'd like for myself one day.