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On Hiatus Until 2023

by wforbes

I decided to take a hiatus from trying to post regularly on this site.

Instead, I’m focusing on my family, job and finishing my degree.

I’m nearing the end of the 5 year plan I made back in 2018. It’s going well. Life is good.


5 year plan… almost complete

So what’s this 5 year plan all about?

Well, I spent most of my 20’s making very little money. Life was hard. I discovered that I loved to code about half-way through at age 24… but still struggled to break into the software industry and start making good money. 😩💸

After getting laid off from my first tech job, which paid as little as I made working as a laborer in a warehouse, I looked for a different answer. 🤔

I started to think that finding a short-cut way to earning tons of money quickly was the way to go. 💡

So I spent over 3 years trying to start my own small business. Then that turned into multiple small businesses. Whether it was selling things online or starting some kind of digital marketing or website business – I went all in on trying to make that work.

I worked day and night, I tried everything I could, and ran myself ragged trying to hustle as hard as I could. 🏃‍♂️

But after all that time, I made less money than I ever did, and nothing was really taking shape. ❌

By the middle of 2018 I was in a bad place. I was 30 years old and feeling like a failure. By most people’s measure, I was a failure. I was $30k in debt, living with my parents, single, broke, and depressed. 😞

So, I shifted gears and changed my path. 🧭

I decided to make a 5 year plan and stick to it. 📐

Just some simple goals that I wanted to achieve, or make progress on by 2023. 📋

  1. 🚗 Get a car that will last me for the next 10 years.
  2. 👨‍🎓 Get a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science to help stabilize my career.
  3. 👨‍💻 Get a tech job making $100k+ per year (non-toxic, minimal stress, manageable).
  4. 💵 Pay off my debt and get my finances in good shape.
  5. 🏠 Rent a house or apartment and get out of my parents house.
  6. Bonus: Buy an affordable house that’s in decent shape.

Transportation, education, job, finances, and house. That’s it.

I simplified everything. Nothing extra, no clever short-cuts, no side-projects, no risk. 🧘‍♂️

Everything I did from then on had to directly work toward one of those 5 main goals or I’d put it aside for later.

That was 2018. I’ve spent almost 1600 days living this way…. So how’s it going so far?

Uh… really well. Like, surprisingly well.

Of course, it didn’t all happen how I thought it would. New opportunities came up over that time and I had to shift my priorities, make some difficult decisions to handle it all. That’s how life goes.

Here’s my timeline of the last 5 years.
Each item is something that moved me closer to completing those 5 main goals:

✅ Simplify my life: quit social media, video games and stop working on any side projects. (May 2018)

✅ Get a simple part time job [$11/hour, 20-30 hrs per week] (July 2018)

✅ Get back into community college (August 2018)

✅ Save $2000 for an emergency fund (October 2018)

✅ Get a full-time tech job with a higher salary [$26/hour, 40 hrs per week] (December 2018)

✅ Keep a 4.0 GPA at college (August 2018 – August 2019)

✅ Transfer to Western Governor’s University for Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree (October 2019)

✅ Pay off all my debt except for student loans [$25k] (November 2019)

✅ Get a new position at work, 15% salary increase (January 2020)

✅ Start contributing 4% of income into 401k account (March 2020)

✅ Move out of my parent’s house and start renting a house (August 2020)

✅ Get a newer/used car and pay it off as fast as I can (February 2020 – April 2021)

✅ Save 6 months of living expenses [$14k] (September 2021)

✅ Get a new position with a new company, 12% salary increase (March 2022)

✅ Buy a house with an affordable mortgage (March 2022)

✅ Start contributing 10% of income into 401k account (August 2022)

⬜ Refill savings for 6 months of new living expenses [$18k]

⬜ Graduate with a Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree

⬜ Get a tech job earning $100k+ salary



So of my 6 goals… I’ve been able to achieve 4 of them.

You see those last items on the list I haven’t finished yet are big ones. Finishing my degree and getting a six figure salary.

I’m working on those now. Very very close, but not quite there yet.

It’s September 2022 right now… I’ve still got 8 months left before May 2023. That’s when the full 5 years have passed.

When it’s all done I’ll be posting here again, going into more detail to share what I learned through the process, and starting my next 5 year plan.

Talk to you then! 👋


Reach me on one of these links if you need to, see you next year!

wforbes87@gmail.com

https://linkedin.com/in/wforbes87

https://twitter.com/wforbes87

https://github.com/wforbes

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