When I was hired to work at Curtis Printing as a graphic designer back in 2007, I made a forecast for my future. Based on my expenses at the time I could have paid off most of my college loans and had 10K saved up… enough to move to California by 2009. The job didn’t pan out as hoped. Touch-and-go employment followed and a change in my living situation sapped up most of my income. I managed to still have the 10K saved up by ’09, enough to blindly move to CA without a job lined up, but nothing to speak of for paying off those loans. I despise debt. Regardless, I was still in a position to head to the west coast.
But then I was offered a tutoring position that paid more per hour than I’d ever earned before. The new apartment I had moved into was very cool. And I really didn’t want to cross the country in my shitty Plymouth Voyager with 15mpg.
I decided to stay in NY just a little longer.
Thus far I’ve been able to save 15K and upgraded to a Prius. Odds are good I have a roommate lined up if I moved in 2011 plus I’ll have 25-30K in the bank. With the job market so uncertain, I feel it’s smart to stick with this tutoring gig for the 2010-2011 school year. It’ll be the longest I’ve ever held down a job which will look great on my resume and I’ll be in a terrific position to move when it’s over.
People say to “follow your dreams” at all costs and I feel somewhat unhappy that I pushed mine aside for two extra years because it feels like I did it because of money. But I know that’s not why I waited. I waited because I want to move without the pressure of “I need a job right now!!” the second I arrive in CA. I waited because I actually like my new job and it turns out I’m good at it… possible foundation for a career as an educator. And yes, money is nice to have…
I hope I made the right choice.