Oh I can relate to this. My own 12 year relationship went down in flames three months ago. The financial adjustment has been tough; I went from living on our combined $90k down to my $35k. He moved out so I am paying the mortgage and bills by myself. And yeah, that first month I went into spendy mode to make myself feel better - mostly on fancy personal care products. Now that I'm finally coming out of emotional crisis mode, I'm making plans for the future -- selling the house, moving to a small apartment, and taking steps towards a career that pays better. Best of luck and hugs to you, anonymous!
Great interview! I am two months into learning to code -- I'm taking the free Harvard CS50 class through Edx which has been really great so far. The hardest part has definitely been trying to silence that inner voice that questions if I will ever be a capable programmer/developer. It seems like so many articles about lady developers focus on how horrible the male dominated culture can be, so it's really refreshing to hear there are places where this doesn't seem to be the case.
Dang. Eight years out and I'm still $10k short of the average starting. Partly I think it could be due to me living in the midwest where salaries are lower and most of the people who attended my school (Vassar) live on the coasts. Also partly because I chose a terribly paid profession -- libraries.
My boyfriend and I live in a 2000 sq ft brick home built in 1892 with zero insulation. My 12 month average for electricity comes out to $130 per month, gas is about $80. We put off turning on the AC for as long as possible every year, but St. Louis summers are scorchers! Ugh, we need insulation so bad.
Buying a cute, cheap, sorta fixer-upper Victorian in a high crime city. Please someone buy my house before I get shot. Oh, and spending 25k on a BA in Religious studies.