365 Days…

Ugh…don’t you just hate these 1-year blogiversary things??  I’m with you!!  I have only read a few (and one in particular) that hit the nail on the head but those are such a rarity.  Overall, I am not huge on self-congratulating indulgences, however, for historical purposes of my own interest (it’s all about me, after all 😉 ), I feel it necessary to future me to have this post to look back on so feel free to humor me or move on…I promise my feelings won’t be hurt!

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It’s official.  Today is one year since my very first blog post as Miss Mazuma.  I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by!!   I have read that first post a few times over the past year wondering what the fuck I was thinking starting a blog in this genre in the first place.  Reading it again just now, I realize my intention to help others steer clear of some of my own financial mistakes was well-intentioned but, in some ways, completely missed the mark from what I’ve actually experienced.  I thought my purpose was to help others but it turns out I needed the help more! Continue reading “365 Days…”

2017 1st Qtr Net Worth & Savings Rates…Homerun!!

2017 is fully underway.  It is strange – at the start of the new year, I had experienced equal parts excitement and depression regarding my quest for FI.  The excitement was based on a high due to the insane accumulation and addition of 100k to my 2016 net worth.  I was floored!  All the tiny boxes from my spreadsheet were filled in with various colors and calculations that could make even the most deaf tone numbers geek sing a solid Do Re Mi.  Beautiful.  And then the depression hit.  I flipped to my new spreadsheet with all its blank spaces and wondered if I could ever repeat what I had just accomplished.  Hmmmm… I imagine this must be what it feels like to be the Cubs facing opening day after winning the World Series last year.  Expectations.  They are the best and, sometimes the worst, motivator…



So here we are 3 months in and I’m curious to see how things have stacked up.  Are you??  Well, I am pleased to report that so far they are stacking up quite nicely if I do say so myself.  Here is how 2017 has played out thus far:   Continue reading “2017 1st Qtr Net Worth & Savings Rates…Homerun!!”

2016 Financial Year In Review

2016 has come to a close…almost.  As I write I am sipping a daiquiri from a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  No, I am not yet retired, but after a boost in income via a bit of hard work I am quite a bit closer than the start of the year…over 100k to closer!!!  What?!  Yes, I said it…I am $100,000 richer than the start of this year.  It is incredible.  But what is more incredible is how full my heart is…

This blog is new since June of this year.  Without it, I would never have been able to accomplish half of what I have.  I credit this community and the people in it (everyone who has commented!!) for giving me the support and courage to speak my truth whether it is bad, good, or indifferent.  Coming from being in a ton of debt it is hard to put yourself out there again – especially among a bunch of 30-year-olds (plus the Groovy’s!!) who have already retired!!  So so happy for everyone who has learned their financial lessons in life much earlier than I and I can’t wait to stand right there next to them…but until then I will continue to read, learn, and enjoy the ride along the way.  🙂

So back to the numbers… How the heck did that happen??  How did my net worth jump 100k in one year!!?  Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

You can read all about my half-year review HERE but in an effort to sum things up, see the numbers posted below.  At the start of 2016, I had $162,842 in total assets (remember I don’t include my house or car in my assets)…

This years goal was to max out all of my retirement accounts (including the IRA I started this April) and work 100 hours a month…I accomplished both…kind of.  The financial goals were met with no problem.  Working 100 hours a month didn’t happen precisely how I wanted but averaging my hours over the year made up for a few months I fell short….ahem, October I’m talking to you!  No worries, spending two weeks in Thailand was well worth it!!

Now back to the second half of the year – here are the numbers for all you voyeurs…

Continue reading “2016 Financial Year In Review”

Why My Savings Rate is So High…

This post was featured by Rockstar Finance. If you clicked over from there, THANK YOU, and I hope you enjoy the read. If you just happened to wander over here and are interested in all things Personal Finance or FIRE (Financial Independence/Early Retirement), I highly recommend you hop over to Rockstar Finance to check out their site and all the awesome bloggers they host weekly.  Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Rockstar Finance Forum where you can chat PF to your heart’s content. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will follow along on my long and winding road to FI!  Now, on to the post…

In recent posts, people have commented and some have been amazed by my above average savings rate…I would like to take this opportunity to confront the elephant in the room…

In case you haven’t read this post or this one, I’ll save you the suspense by saying that this year my monthly savings rate has fluctuated between a low of 57% in September to a high of 94% in June, currently averaging 75% for the year.  I’m pretty sure when people read that they think one of three things:

  1. My income is REALLY high,
  2. I have a sugar daddy or someone else footing the bill, OR
  3. I must be holed up in my house between long stints at work trying my damnedest to not spend a cent.

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Pretty far from the truth…unless I am reading a book in which case you can find me curled up on the couch.  The truth is, 75% is a high savings rate – but it is also completely relative to MY lifestyle… Continue reading “Why My Savings Rate is So High…”

Getting Financially Naked – 3rd Quarter Financial Update

Well, I’m home from my vacation to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong.  I was a bit nervous for this trip since I had never been to Asia before…oh, and due to my trip revolving around a week volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park and the possible chance of a stampede (which I am happy to say didn’t happen).  So nervous, in fact, that my last post was written in honor of the will I wrote to leave behind in the event of my demise.  I am quite grateful that no one in my fam had to read it!!

Anywho, I am back and still suffering the effects of jet lag which has left me wide awake even though it’s 11pm…2 hours after my normal bedtime.  🙂

We just finished watching game 2 of the NLDS where our Cubbies took shit…no worries, many more games to come!  In an effort to lick my wounds from watching the said game, I decided there is no time like the present to dive into my 3rd quarter numbers.  Like the game, there were some highs and there were some lows…unlike the Cubs, I still came out on top…

Obviously not me – I would NEVER accept singles!!  😉    via

My last (and first) financial update posted in July of this year.  I was terrified to be so transparent with my money, but I also realized that it is blogs like this one that helped me get on the right track financially.  Tracking my net worth (and specifically my spending!!) helped me see all the comings and goings of my money.  It was a big eye-opener to see the holes in my FI goals and slowly fill them in, for example, starting an IRA in April!  Now, a few months later, I am happy to let it all hang out (minus my identity!) and blow in the wind.  It feels freeing to say this is who I am (financially) and I am open to hearing any thoughts or ideas about where I can go from here.  I also love to help people get on track so feel free to reach out at any time!!  🙂

So, back to my first post…I called it The Million Dollar Club and My 2016 Half Year Financial Update…catchy.  😉  Feel free to read it in full, but here are the cliff notes: Continue reading “Getting Financially Naked – 3rd Quarter Financial Update”