December 2021 Financial Update:

Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2022 is a bit kinder to us than 2020 and 2021… Honestly, for me, 2020 & 2021 were neutral, boring years. I really didn’t do much other than work, read, & write. January 1st, 2022 is my two year anniversary of running this blog! So, thank you for reading &Continue reading “December 2021 Financial Update:”

2021 Reflections & 2022 Goals!

I’m going to hold off on the cliché: “I can’t believe another year is gone! It feels like 2020 just started!”. I set a ton of goals for 2021, and I (we, for some) accomplished all of them! There were a few that I ended up crossing out because my values/priorities changed. 2021 goals thatContinue reading “2021 Reflections & 2022 Goals!”

November 2021 Financial Update:

For us, November was a chill month. I mostly just cleaned & worked on my blog and Instagram. Then we had Thanksgiving with our families, that’s about it. I did decide to start up my easeyourfinancialpayne TikTok account again. Our investments went down a bit because the market is down, which is fine. We’re focusingContinue reading “November 2021 Financial Update:”

How Living Sustainably Saves You Money:

There is a misconception that living a more sustainable lifestyle automatically means it’s more expensive. In many ways, it’s actually cheaper than living an unsustainable lifestyle. I’m going to provide different examples of how living sustainably will save you money, most of these are self-explanatory. You can have a smaller trash can, which minimizes yourContinue reading “How Living Sustainably Saves You Money:”

October 2021 Financial Update:

October 1st feels like it was three months ago, not one month. The beginning of October, for lack of a better phrase, was a cluster f**k. After freaking out a bit & doing some research, I calmed down again. Since losing my job, I have been working on the easeyourfinancialpayne Instagram usually daily, as wellContinue reading “October 2021 Financial Update:”

Your Productivity ≠ Your Worth:

I had a conversation the other day that led to some very interesting realizations: I equate my value as a person to how much I accomplish in a day. I also only consider days a “good day” when I get a lot completed. When I don’t get a lot done, I feel guilty and shameful.Continue reading “Your Productivity ≠ Your Worth:”

The Dumbest Purchases We Have Made:

I always preach that to achieve FIRE you need to stop all unnecessary spending, but to be honest, over the years, we’ve (particularly me) been terrible with this.. I would say only in the last two years, we’ve greatly improved. So if we can be on track for FIRE after making all of these dumbContinue reading “The Dumbest Purchases We Have Made:”

The 4 Principles I Base All of My Life Choices On:

I read the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a while back and have since focused even harder to center my life around a few core principles, rather than things like: what would benefit me the most, what would make my spouse happy, what would make us the most money, etc. The book explainsContinue reading “The 4 Principles I Base All of My Life Choices On:”

What to Do if You Lose Your Job:

So… You’ve lost your job.. now what? I suggest saving this post as a guide, just incase. First of all, try not to panic. You will survive and everything happens for a reason. This doesn’t make it any less sucky, but recognize that panicking & fighting against what is done will not help the situation.Continue reading “What to Do if You Lose Your Job:”

September 2021 Financial Update:

So… I wrote this blog post, and mere hours later I unexpectedly lost my job. This changes things a lot. It’s really funny reading this post & editing it now because of how things have drastically changed in just a few hours. It just goes to show that you can’t predict the future, but youContinue reading “September 2021 Financial Update:”