Not going to lie, the above statement isn’t a 100% accurate but it almost kind of is? #ClickBait
Hello everyone, and I hope you have been well.
Long time, no blog post? Haha.
It’s funny because my mind (and stats) tell me that I missed out on some big posting windows here on the blog following some ‘online’ successes, which I will unashamedly plug below:
This very blog got noticed for its supposed personal finance content and…
- We got a The Daily Mirror (an English news daily in Sri Lanka) article on financial independence.
- We got ANOTHER The Daily Mirror on budgeting and saving.
- I was featured on a local podcast The GroupChat on budgeting, personal finance as women etc.
Like what, even!
So, if this is the first post you are reading after seeing all that, hello and welcome! I try to publish at least twice a month, here’s hoping that it might amp up before the year comes to an end. My posts are not as random as this one, but there is always room for odd ones like this. So welcome once again and thanks for reading.
While we are at it, and just as the title suggests, I am keen on writing, talking and making conversation about personal finance (among other things). Simply because I don’t think we don’t have enough conversation around it not only just as women but also as ‘young’ people too. What I share here, are things that I’ve read, summarised and adopted as my own personal practice along the way and I hope that you too would find it useful. Please note that at no point am I trying to advise you in finance-related decision making.
With that said and before we start writing more about personal finance, there are a few updates I would like to share with you – some that have actually taken off from this blog thanks to your encouragement. It might also be helpful to get to know me a little better, if you are keen on knowing what’s happening on the other side of the screen.
- Yes, I did quit my main / full-time job. The pandemic really put a lot of things into perspective, mostly on the lines of mental health and the amount of time I sit in traffic (haha). Also, from my very privilege stand point, I did suffer from pandemic/quarantine burnout and needed a break.
- The break, well, now that’s an interesting story.
- Initially, my plan was to take a few months off. Pre-pandemic I had grand plans of summiting Kilimanjaro in 2022, but clearly airfare prices and my miserable physique will not allow for this anytime soon.
- Since travel was no longer in the picture, once I decided to leave full-time work, I began making a plan on how things would turn out once this materialises. I’ll try to put together a post of how I went about this if this is something you would be interested in.
- However, in September (after I had given in my notice), one of my favourite workout studios in Colombo had advertised for a Barre instructor. I used to go there for Pilates in 2019 and thought I’ll try my luck and guess what?
- I should also let you know that in March 2021, I also began a yoga teacher training diploma (which is quite intensive and before you ask, doing headstands is not the goal of these trainings and no, I cannot do one) to mostly increase my knowledge on yoga and put some structure into my nearly 08-year long practice. So the Pilates combo also seemed like a good decision.
- So, with #5 and #6, I will be teaching Pilates starting November 2021. I will only graduate from my yoga diploma mid next year, so that might take some time.
- What else would I be doing for money? Glad you asked! I might do a bit of freelance writing and communications-related work and take on a few more gigs.
- However, on a more personal note, our Grandma moved in with us because she has been unwell (there isn’t a lot that can be done at this point really) and I need to be more present at home for housework. It’s funny how circumstances really align if you think about it.
- I also plan to use this somewhat-not-exactly-millennial life break to also focus on some pet projects, small business ideas, other fun things and volunteering I’ve wanted to do for a while now.
So yes, there you have it! Let me know if there is anything you would like me to write about more here. Thank you, friends, both old and new, for reading my blog and supporting me on.
I hope to see you back here, in a few days.
5 thoughts on “I write about personal finance and I am unemployed (ish)”
Interesting and I always love reading what you write about. It keeps me updated with your life (I do suck at communication now) and do share your pet projects and business ideas as well so that your readers could chip in.
Finance has taken a toll on all of us during this pandemic but looks like you made a brave move on continuing to do what you love yoga/pilates etc.
This is really admirable!! Salute!!
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Thanks so much for reading, Yavin! And you are completely right, the best way we can all move forward is also together, pulling each other forward as we go along.
Wow – you’ve gone pro!
That’s a powerful show of commitment to your writing. Keep at it! A focus on personal finances is an underappreciated topic.
I can’t imagine a more challenging yet valuable topic to write about when a country is going off the economic cliff. Yet if you do it in a meaningful way, your writing will be too good to ignore.
I’d say this would be hot material for an international magazine/site. They might pay a pittance, but if it’s in dollars that would be hot 🙂
All the best in your endeavours.
Haha, thanks so much for your kind words (fangirling seriously)!