Big {Scary} Goals

At the end of last year, I talked about setting goals for the upcoming year.  I reviewed my goals from the previous year and talked about areas where I came up short (a nice way of saying it was a huge embarrasssing failure) and areas where I was able to get a hold of what I sought).  A few weeks after that, I published my goals for 2011.

As I mentioned in the article, there were a few goals that I didn’t publish on the site, mainly because they could have surprised some people who read occasionally (or could potentially become readers).  These were some of my bigger goals that were mainly going to be things that I was going to work towards whenever I got a spare moment or whenever I really felt like going after them (even if I was sleepy).

Recently, I was given the opportunity to complete one of those goals.  Even though looking at it, it looked like a no brainer, I was still slow to take the leap for in doing it.  I had gotten stuck in my current rut, and I wasn’t sure if I should  hop out of it or not.  I was used to my routine, and even though it would be difficult for me to ever imagine saying this just 3 years ago, I had grown to like my routine.  Why would I leave it for something that I was unsure of ?

As I was wavering back and forth between my decisions, I busted out the goals list that I drafted during the last week of 2010 for 2011.  Right there at the bottom of my goals list in the “other” section, was this exact goal.  Not only was it in that section, but it was directly related to multiple goals in other sections, including savings & debt goals, environmental goals, and health – I was still unsure.  The more I thought about it, the only thing holding me back was me.  I was comfortable in the place I was at, and that would be what I was giving up.

In the end, the goals sheet won out – I decided to take the opportunity.  They say that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, and I feel like that was really the case this time – the grass was greener on the other side, but I knew exactly how the grass on my current side tasted, and exactly how much of it I would be able to have, and how much I could potentially have.  I had gotten comfortable, and even though it was a tough decision, it was time for a change.

All that said you awesome readers, I’ve got good news!  I got a new job.  Not only that, I’ll be able to walk to my new job, and will free up hours of commuting and hundreds of dollars per month in commuting costs (not to mention wear  and tear).  I’ll be making about the same as I was from my old jobs combined, so now I’ll only have one job, and will be able to make just as much progress on my debt.  I’m excited, but it wasn’t an easy decision.

There’s no more commuting, no more long nights, no more putting 1000 miles on my vehicle a week, no more biweekly $50 dollar fill ups at the gas station.

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Jeff is the founder of sustainable life blog and has been interested in sustainability for most of his life. After realizing in 2007 that his finances were a total wreck, he started reading financial blogs and quickly realized that what is best for your wallet is typically better for the earth, and is usually healthier. On sustainable life blog Jeff shares his journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. For updates, subscribe by email or like us on facebook.


  1. Congrats Jeff! So glad you are freeing up your life with a closer job and getting outta that truck a bit more! Time = money. Gas = money. Vehicle use = money. You should be able to slice into that debt with even more vigor!

    • thanks spf – I’m looking forward to it. It’s not time to get rid of th truck (its a 2010) but no matter what I would be driving, this would be a great improvement.

  2. Jessica07 says:

    Congrats! I’m excited for you! You’ll be blasting through your little “Debt Payoff” status bar in no time! :)

  3. This is so great, Jeff! Congratulations! I know commuting costs (gas) eat up a significant portion of your budget, so this is great, great news. Leaving a comfortable job for a new one is usually scary. Change is scary. But I know this is going to be such a great move for you! Congrats again!

  4. Yahoo! Thanks for so transparently sharing the story of how you made this very important decision. Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a big step that sounds like it will be positive in many ways.

    • Thanks Eliza – It was a tough decision. I like where I currently work and the only bad part about it is the driving.

  5. Congratulations Jeff! More money in the pocket with less hassle, what’s not to love!

  6. Congratulations! It couldn’t happen at a better time when gas is on the rise! Good luck.

  7. Im excited – going to have a much different financial and time pattern these days.

  8. Congratulations!! That is such an exciting development. And I hear you on the gas prices – they are hovering around $4/gallon in my area, and every fill-up is painful. Fortunately, I recently got the go-ahead to work from home one day a week, and that will help tremendously with the gas and the time because I have a long commute. Good luck at the new job!

    • Thanks WH – Gas isnt quite that high where I am, but getting to walk will be nice. The work at home helps as well (I was able to do that once a week). Enjoy.

  9. That’s awesome! Especially now that you can walk to work and save time and money. That’s a win-win situations. Congrats!

  10. Congratulations! That is so awesome- I can picture you just strolling to work with a smile.


  11. Congratulations! You took care of several issues at once: no longer working two jobs, no more commuting, a large monthly gas bill, etc. Woohoo!

    • Amanda – yes, I was able to seriously alter my monthly sinks for time and money. I’m looking forward to all the free time im going to have.

  12. Congratulations! This sounds like a great change in your life. Plus, once you deduct all of the commuting expenses, it is like you are getting a raise!

  13. Congrats Jeff! This is awesome news. I am truly happy for you. Since I walk to work I get to avoid the high gas prices. You are going to love not having to commute a long way.

  14. Great work! Way to take the leap of faith and have the courage to pursue something better.


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