Financial Update #1: Goal Setting

So maybe I should explain the whole “Mobile Homeless” part of this blog, eh?

About 3 years ago I moved back to Seattle and took a new job delivering to Dollar Tree stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. It’s a pretty good gig, and the best paying job I’ve had to date, my bosses are the best I’ve had and my customers even like me, well, most of them anyway. While it’s a nice job, it is just that, a job, I’m looking for something more. I want to turn my photography hobby into a career. 

Work expands to fill the time available for it’s completion.
— Cyril Northcote Parkinson

The neat thing about parkinson’s law is that it applies to all sorts of things, and in my case, money. While I’ve been earning a decent living, I’ve done a horrible job at saving any of it, and something needs to change. I’ve decided to go off the deep end and move into my work truck full-time. No house, no roommates, no utility bills. A major lifestyle change like this has always been a great way to reboot my life and actually execute my planned changes.

So the plan is to be moved into the truck by the end of the month, eliminate all but a few essential bills and save the rest of my money. The goal is to save $56,000 in three years, quit my job, then rent a place with enough space to setup a photography studio.

You get to follow along and see if this plan is as well thought out as I think it is. On the first of every month I’ll add a new “Financial Update” blog post and use it to track my progress, and you can rib me from a distance. These updates will include what I’ve learned from this experience, if anything.

For this first update, well, my savings is starting at zero, making me about )5 of the way towards my goal, not bad eh?