Hi there!

My name will heretofore be Trying and I am brand spanking new to the FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) community.

What’s with the title?  It’s mostly to poke fun of myself.  I can get competitive and be harsh on myself when left unchecked, so the title is a reminder for me to take it easy and not give up if I make a mistake (which I absolutely and without a doubt will).

I’m starting this blog on a particularly low note for me financially.  My mint account looks to be soul crushing and the absolute worst it has been in years.  November is bad.  Here’s what I mean:

– Checking: -$2930
– Visa: -$766
– IRA: $0
– Car Loan: -$7755
There’s are reasons for all three of those misery inducing numbers.  The checking is due to a monstrous eff up (for the third time) on behalf of Amex that has compelled me to lose all faith in them.  They’re working on it.  The Visa is locked up in the money that Amex is currently holding.  The IRA is currently in transition.  You see this is my rolled over 401K which is currently a check that is on its way to Vanguard to become an IRA. Add to that the fact that I got a contract an hour and a half away from my home for the next 8 months which means my plan to sell my car and the seller I had lined up with an agreed upon price are both on hold for the time being.
November is bad.
My relatively modest net worth took a ~67% nose dive in a single month.  I guess this is as good a time as any to get this blog started!

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