I thought I'd take a few minutes and introduce myself.
About a year ago I graduated college. On the financial side, I put myself through school working full time one semester and then taking classes and working part time the next, yep it took me a little longer to graduate but I gained amazing experience in my industry while not going into debt to graduate.
I work as a Project Engineer for the same large construction company I worked for while in college. (Yep that's me at work in the picture, I'm thinking with all my safety gear on I'll be hard to recognize). In my spare time I enjoy volunteering weekly at our local food bank, running (completed my first half marathon in March and am doing my first full marathon this coming March), spending time with my family and friends, reading (fiction and finance), and soon it looks like I'll be adding blogging to my list.
I've always been money conscious but it wasn't until recently that I really started getting into "aggressively" saving. The motivation to start getting more serious about my money was gained through reading financial blogs and starting to track every cent that came in and went out by using Wesabe which is like a cross between Money or Quicken and Facebook. I have to say its one of the coolest things out there and IMHO it sure beets Money or Quicken because you can access it from any computer.
My biggest reason for getting more actively involved with my finances is that I realized one of the thing I want out of life is financial independence. Nope, don’t want to quit my day job, after all I haven't been doing it all that long and get immense personally satisfaction from my job, rather I want to have the security and peace of mind to not live pay check to pay check and when I’m eventually ready to retire have the ability to do so in the lifestyle I've become accustomed to. I also think I'd like to have the ability (i.e. enough money saved) to retire early if I desire, since one of my passions is volunteer work I'd love to have the opportunity to do that full time and early retirement would allow that, but alas I'm getting ahead of myself.
Well that's the 5 cent tour of my life, I hope you enjoy and are interested enough to read this blog.