What am I learning?

The secret’s out: nine months later and I’m still unemployed. But it’s by choice, I swear!

I’m currently trying to find employment, though. The hard part is convincing an interviewer that I’ve been productive despite my absence at work.

You see, the mentality I’ve developed is that there’s more to life than sitting in an office. This mentality is not a new one; I’ve made the choice to try to remove myself from the rat race last June when I really hated my job. But that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting around playing games for eight months. Maybe just the first two or three.

Investments and Side Profits

The one thing I’ve probably given the most attention in the past year is investments. I spend quite a bit of time doing research on different types of investments, terms, mindsets. I read books and articles and watch videos. It’s pretty interesting what people have come up with to make themselves more money.

Opening a stock market account was one of the first steps: three months and -40% later, I decided to open up a few different investment accounts with different brokerages and firms where I wouldn’t be responsible for my own bankruptcy.

They are: Robinhood, Fundrise, Lending Club, Prosper, Kiva, and Betterment. I moved my Roth IRA to TD Ameritrade so I could keep better track of it.

I can talk or write more about any of these things if people want. Don’t invest in anything you haven’t researched.

You also may have noticed the ads in the blog. Sorry, but it’s an almost-guaranteed way of making pennies! There are a lot of them, though. I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

The long-term plan is to buy real estate.

Church

Teaching youth students music is both rewarding and fun. We’ve hit a point where we’ve plateaued and I’m trying to find ways of moving us along.

Leading / singing while playing keyboard is another new thing, too. There’s a lot more to it than I thought; it’ll probably be the same case with singing while playing guitar. Gotta get back into practicing that.

Emerald City Voices

In August I joined a chorus (I briefly wrote about in my last post) and it’s keeping me busy. We’re participating in our first competition next Saturday, and people in our group are optimistic that we can win regionals and make it to the finals.

I’m a little less sure: we’ve got lots of imperfections that we can’t seem to handle, and there’s always the competition politics that prevent a brand-new group from winning first place. Regardless, all of us have been working hard to make everything come together. Hope it goes well.

I’m also using this time with the chorus to learn how to arrange for SATB. I’ve done two or three full pieces, working on two more, and arranged snippets of things for fun. Trying to keep my wits sharp and all that. Of course, learning how to sing good is a benefit on its own.

Video Game Development

One way I’ve been keeping sharp with my development skills is by working on this game. It’s somewhere between chess and a tactics game like Fire Emblem, but with our own mechanics.

It’s coming along well, but so many things have been pulling me around that I’m not too sure when it’ll be completed. This will definitely stay near the top of my priorities list, though.

Dungeons and Dragons

DMing D&D takes so much freakin’ time, dude. It’s fun, though. Running Storm King’s Thunder with some high school friends and will be starting Curse of Strahd with some high-school-aged kids from church. Lots to read, lots to prepare. I hope to carry this hobby with me until I die.


Other things I’m learning are cooking and building charisma. Self-confidence takes you super far, and I get my self-confidence from knowing that I made a great steak the night before.

I didn’t think I had this much on my plate, but seeing it all written out has me reeling.