It’s July! Which means June, my birthday month, passed by, and the year is more than half way over already. A lot happened last month, but at the same time, it seems like nothing has changed.
Trip to Japan
My birthday was in June, and I it jetlagged after my 2 week trip to Japan. I visited Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Shiga, and Okayama with my mom and my sister. Longest and the shortest 2 weeks of my life!
I’ve finally finished compiling a “photo journal” of the trip on my Journi Travel Blog. My challenge for that trip was to take all of the photographs on my new Google Pixel instead of my mirrorless camera.
(As you may have guessed already, all of the photos on this post were taken on the Pixel.)
Birthday Celebration at Broadway
The weekend after, my boyfriend came up to NYC and took me to watch Anastasia on Broadway for my birthday. It was my third time in the Orchestra seats, and we had a great unhindered view.
I highly highly recommend it the show! Their use of technology made it seem like I was watching a movie, not an on-stage show. And of course, the actors and actresses were fabulous.
We watched the movie on Netflix a week later to compare. I much preferred the Broadway show’s spin on it better (the story is “different” from the movie).
Birthday Trip to Chicago
The next week, I flew off to Chicago for a week long trip, our first destination-based-trip. Half of it spent working at our Chicago office, and the other half spent as a vacation.
He would often fly to New York City, or I would fly to San Francisco to visit each other, but we had never taken a vacation to a common destination.
The “rush hour” commute was so unlike the one in NYC, I was tempted to call up my manager and tell him I’m relocating to the Chicago office! And the city was so clean and so little people compared to NYC.
But in the end, I was so glad to be back in my own bed, in the comfort of my familiar city. I’d love to go back soon, though.
I developed quite a few evolving chronic pain points before, during, and after my trip to Japan, many of which still remain, a month later. I take pain killers twice a day so I can continue to function in society as well as stay asleep at night. I’ve definitely woken up in the middle of the night a few times in so much pain from my locked-up or swollen joints and dragged myself to the sink to drown a few pain killers.
The chronic pain of unknown sources definitely gave me the final push to make annual physical exam appointment, and to actually go. It wasn’t of much help, but I got a rheumatologist referral for my joints (I suspect Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, but never had the opportunity to see a rheumy, so have never been diagnosed). The downside is that my insurance is a piece of crap I couldn’t get an appointment until September. I guess I’ll go if I’m still alive by then…
I said “screw it” and moved $19,000 from my savings account into my investment portfolio, effectively balancing my net worth at about 85% investments and 15% cash.
When I started investing last year, I was a little hesitant about putting too much money in. So to be “safe,” I opted to only invest 50% of my assets. But watching capital gains go up by hundreds monthly, while earning less than $10 interest in my savings account… I decided to throw most of it into my portfolio. I figured that even if the market stalled at 7% return, it’s still better than rotting in the bank.
Now that I have less in my bank account, I’ll be more cognizant on my spending.
I also upped my monthly contribution to the Charles Schwab portfolio to $750/month from $500/month, and my Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution to $400/month from $50/month (since I was expecting mounting medical bills in the upcoming months). I also changed my automatic Checking account to Savings account transfer to $50/month. My 401K contribution remained the same at around $400/month.
While I have been spending more money, I don’t want to completely slip out of control in my spending. I hope just having some visual cues (ie: the bank account balances) as well as having automatic withdrawals will help me manage.
All in all, my birthday month was quite eventful, and filled with a lot of fun!
- Travels: Japan, Chicago, New Jersey
- Watched: Anastasia: The Broadway, Wonder Woman
- Investments: +$19,000
- Savings: -$18,975 (-$19,000+$25)
- Accomplishments: Started Goal Setting
- Health: Got a PCP, Started Weightlifting
- Life: I’m 28 now!