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Guess what, friends! I got a promotion!

Here I am, signing my new contract!


Woo!!! The promotion doesn’t come with a raise. Actually – remember when I negotiated my giant raise last year? At the time, I’d asked for this promotion and I was told that I would be put up for the promotion but it’s a long process. First it’s voted on by our departments’ faculty (which was approved this past August), and then its sent off to the college, and finally the provost for approval. It was a long process, but I finally got approval so I received my updated contract with my new title/position! It took over a year in total, but that’s academia for you! Ha! Nothing changes fast!

At any rate, I was pretty pumped just for the official title change (my raise went into effect in August, so I technically already received the increased salary component).

And more good news – remember when I mentioned a big career opportunity back in January? I got that too! I’m now officially the recipient of this big (to me) faculty fellowship. It basically means more work, but I will receive additional compensation and a course release, and I’ll be working on a bit of a passion project so I’m super excited about that! The announcement was made at a conference last month, but an official email announcement was sent out to the faculty community today. I’ve already had several meetings about it and am planning all kinds of fun things related to the fellowship in the coming months and academic year.

For those who have known about my mental health struggles, this has been a huge boon for me. I’m still not where I want to be psychologically speaking. But my spirits have really been buoyed here in recent months and I am beyond grateful for the successes I’ve had at work. Especially as an early career faculty member, I do not take these things for granted.

Thanks for sticking by me on life’s wild ride! Here’s to knocking out some more debt along the way! 😉

Ragnar Relay = Complete!


Just popping in with a fun “life” update today. If you are only interested in strictly financial posts, just skip this one and check back tomorrow – I’m finally posting my budget!

I’ve mentioned a couple times about how I’ve been training for a big running relay race called Ragnar.  Well, the race is complete! It started Friday and ended Saturday. Today, I’m at home and in full recovery-mode (meaning, as little movement as possible and fully stocked with ibuprofen) 😉

Here’s a picture I posted on my Facebook:

23 hours, 15.4 miles of mountain running, 2.7 hours of sleep, 8 crazy teammates. So much fun!

Each member of our team had 3 different legs ranging in length from 4.1 – 6.6 miles of trail-running/mountainous terrain. I ran my first leg on Friday evening, my second leg on Saturday about 3am, and my last leg on Saturday at 10am. This photo was taken as I was taking off for my last leg of the relay. My shirt, appropriately, says “Everything Hurts and I’m Dying.” A little tongue-and-cheek, but definitely fitting for how I felt at that moment. I wore my Fitbit the entire time and for Saturday, my stats indicated that I’d gone 37,726 steps (= 17.91 miles), and climbed the equivalent of 114 flights of stairs (from the mountains we were running)! To say I’m pooped today is an understatement!

BUT – tired as I may be, I had an absolute blast! It was THE BEST time ever! And, as I’ve got 3 half-marathons under my belt (but nothing longer), this is a PDR (personal distance record). YIKES!

All my teammates immediately said they wanted to sign up again for next year. I’m still on the fence. I loved it, but I typically only sign up for a big race once every couple years. Committing to do it again next year feels like a lot to me. There’s a lot of time and effort dedicated to training, but it also costs money to go (the race was $120/person + we all pitched in another $25 for team shirts + a day off work, food and snacks for while we were there, etc.). We’ve got a few months to think it over so we’ll see.

For today, though, I just wanted to share this major accomplishment! I’ve heard of Ragnar races before, but never really considered doing one myself. If it weren’t for my teammates (friends/colleagues from my department) I probably never would have pushed myself to try to complete a Ragnar race. But the feeling of pride and accomplishment is huge! Just the little psychological boost I needed going into a new month! If I can accomplish something this big physically (15+ miles of running on mountainous terrain), surely I can conquer our monthly budget. Right?

I’ll be back tomorrow asking for your advice! I’m already nervous, so bring your patient pants, as I could use your support!

Have a great end to your weekend!