Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Home Leave (Part 3)

My two-week home leave was over in the blink of an eye.  I saw my family, Ben and some friends, watched my cousin get married, worked three days in our Southern California offices, worked remotely every day, and ate American food.  Sadly, I didn't make it to the beach, the pool or a yoga class.  The list of things I wanted to do was long and the firm and my family's expectations too great.

It felt nothing like a vacation.  It was exhausting and draining.  My heart was full of frustration, resentment and even some anger by the time I boarded my plane back to Japan. I didn't want to leave.

Air Force One was parked outside the terminal the morning I came home.

The most important thing I can do now to make sure I'll be able to make positive changes when I get back to the States is exercise financial discipline.  This means minimizing food expenses and continuing to pay off student loans and save as much as I can.  (Related: last month I reached a financial milestone: my combined 401(k) and IRA balance passed the $100k mark!)

In the meanwhile, I will try not to worry over things I cannot control or change while I'm here.

Four months to go.


Anastasia said...

OMG, congrats on the retirement milestone! That's awesome!

Unknown said...

Congrats on your retirement!! That's fantastic!!! (Mine is about $3,000... sooooo.... haha)

I was thinking about you recently. I've started reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. She has a lot to say about taking opportunities that seem like huge risks - including working internationally for a period of time. You might like it, if you haven't already read it, as if you have time to read anyway.

I hope you get some rest!