Introduction

Hello! Welcome to my blog, The Amateur Financier. I’m starting this blog as a way to help work my way through the rut in which I currently find myself. So, for my first post, indulge me while I explain my current situation, and list a few things I’d like to improve.

My name is Roger. As of this writing, I’m  twenty-six years old, a white male, and tend to be rather shy and geeky. (One reason why I’m starting a blog on Friday night, rather than going out and partying.) I do get out into the world, although even then, my pursuits are fairly dorky: for example, tomorrow I’m going to an anime meeting.

The rest of my social life is pretty lack luster. I do have a girlfriend, a sweet girl named Sondra whom I love very much. Unfortunately, we are in a semi-long distance relationship, living on opposite sides of the state (Pennsylvania, in case you’re wondering). While I talk to her on the phone every day and do get to go out to see her about once a month, after nearly one and a half years dating, it is getting harder and harder to avoid being frustrated by how far apart we live.

I studied as a biochemist, a field I greatly enjoy. I graduated near the top of my class (actually, since there was only one biochemist in my year, I WAS my class).  Although it took me a while to get traction in my job hunt, I was finally able to land a position in my field. I was working as a Quality Control technician at a company that produced inhalable anesthetics (they’re related to chloroform, in both effect and chemical composition). I was making decent money, and even though I ended up on the night shift, it was still an enjoyable experience overall.

Unfortunately, with the economic downturn, the job at which I had been working let me go (or, fill in your favorite downsizing euphemism) last November. I’m currently working as a tutor at my old university (at a much lower rate of pay), and have been trying my best to find something more permanent.

There you have it; I’m a geeky, underemployed, Romeo who’s a six-hour drive from his Juliet. But I’m not looking for pity (although, I wouldn’t be upset with a *little* pity). Instead, I’m making this blog to help motivate me to improve my life. My resolutions are:

1) Finding a good job nearer to my girl. While I have the opportunity to do so, I figure I can kill two birds with one stone; if I can find a full time job nearer to Sondra, I’d be in much better shape.

2) Improve my finances. I’ve started to get into studying personal finance, and I’m enjoying the challenge of learning how to manage my money.

3) Develop alternate income streams. As I’ve come to learn, life can interrupt your financial plans. As a result, I’m going to do everything possible to have money coming in from multiple directions, including, of course, this blog.

As you can see, my main focus is going to be on improving my financial situation. Just call me Roger, The Amateur Financier. Welcome to my blog!

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