I’ve debated many times whether I really want to be completely open about our finances and reveal everything. I am all for accountability, but I also don’t want to divulge too much of our financial situation. But at this point, it feels like I need to be held accountable for my dreams. I’ve been doing really good in accomplishing a lot of the things that … Continue reading Our Numbers
I did a bad thing last night. Yesterday, before going to bed, I made the mistake of browsing through different PhD programs from all over the world. Instead of going to bed early so that I can get some much needed rest, I spent two hours looking at different websites that offered all kinds of PhD programs. I started with online programs offered by academically … Continue reading Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?
What constitutes an emergency, I wonder? Right now, I’m on a plane bound for Tokyo, but this was not the original flight I booked. My flight was scheduled to leave at 10:10 am with Jetstar Japan. However, due to mechanical problems, the flight was originally delayed. On further questioning, the ground staff said that at that point, it was difficult for the people in charge … Continue reading Flexibility
I was listening to the Stacking Benjamins and the Afford Anything podcasts last week and they both had Ken Honda on the show. Ken Honda is known as the Mari Kondo of personal finances in Japan. He is one of those people who is financially independent but still works because he loves what he does. I’d never heard of him before–and I live in Japan. … Continue reading Arigatou Your Money
So I am in Tokyo Haneda Airport right now. I am on vacation–finally! Hooray! I’ve been looking forward to this trip so much because I can finally let loose and let my hair down, so to speak. However, a part of me can’t really do that, because I’ve learned my lesson from the last time I had a long break away from work. Last time, … Continue reading Working While on Vacation
I am on my spring break right now. From March 17 until April 6, 2019, I am officially out of paid work and on free time. I will not get paid for this vacation time. I never usually am. To me, this feels more like the time to really focus on setting my resolutions and goals for 2019. In Japan, the school year and the … Continue reading Spring Break 2019
You’re riding the trains to work, being packed in by the station attendant until the passengers are squished together like sardines in a can. Once you get to your destination, friendly public service announcements gently remind you in all languages: “Please make sure you take all your belongings with you.” Out of the station, J-Pop filters over hidden loudspeakers. The latest idol group is promoting … Continue reading Ten Ways Living in Japan Has Made Me Financially Better
When you feel overwhelmed with your finances, sometimes hearing advice from outside sources can help you get started. For me, I felt hampered by the fact that I was living in Japan so buying English books was too expensive. Because foreign language books were priced more expensively than Japanese books, I couldn’t buy them as easily. At times, too, the books I wanted weren’t available … Continue reading Podcasts That Helped Me Manage My Money
When I was younger, I truly believed that rich people were bad people. I thought that people with a lot of money were always corrupt and used their money to do more harm than good. Because of that, I was determined to grow up and become a poor do-gooder. My income wouldn’t matter. As long as I was doing work that I loved and I … Continue reading Personal Finance: Personal Growth Through Finance
This post is all about the origin of this blog. I first heard the term “money moron” when I was listening to Farnoosh Torabi’s podcast, So Money. I think she was interviewing Scott Allan Turner, who was explaining the mistakes he’d made before he became smarter about his money–the time he was a money moron. I heard the term and I just fell in love … Continue reading Hey, Moron!