"But I've got some talents
which build up my balance ..."
DAY 34: I recently got my latest retirement forecast which lists my annual salaries for the past 25 years in the school system. It's amazing to see that I only made $18K my first year of teaching in 1984. Now, after all that time, I feel like I'm finally making the kind of money that allows me to live more than just paycheck to paycheck. Fortunately, it's enhanced by National Board and other supplements, and an occasional theatre directing job here and there.
I'm VERY grateful to be essentially debt-free except for my mortgage. It's taken a LONG time to pay off some hefty credit card debt, and it's a wonderful feeling to be "comfortable," especially at a time when so many people are having such a difficult time making ends meet. Just this past weekend, I was able to run out and "pick up" a new Blu-Ray player and a 32" LCD flat screen for my office, knowing that the 18-month interest-free charge would be paid off easily in the next few months. With my annual spring New York City trip and a trip to Ireland next summer, it's good to know I won't be putting myself in the poorhouse to afford the trips!!