In June 2010, during the height of the recession, I left my 9-to-5 job at the University of Washington (UW).
By age 38, I had worked at the UW for more than 10 years and had a nice salary, a corner office with a view of Drumheller Fountain, and good people to work with.
Despite these creature comforts, the years and the endless work were catching up to me.
I knew it was time for a change.
I work from a small home office and I work alone most of the time. I’ve had numerous moments of anxiety being in business for myself, but I can honestly say, I am happier than I’ve ever been.
I live and work in Seattle with my husband Marcus who is 50% self-employed as a freelance photographer and 50% employed as a photojournalist for a weekly newspaper. Together we earn a modest income and yet we do all the things we love to do: eat great food, watch movies, go out on the town, travel, do creative projects, garden, spend time with family and friends, and much more.
If I didn’t learn to be frugal, there’s no way I’d be living my dream. I started the Super Frug Blog in June 2011, exactly a year after I left my job at the UW, to share tips, advice and stories on how to buy less and live more. If you’re new to my blog, I recommend starting with my post on Becoming Super Frug.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. I hope you find my tips and stories helpful to your journey. Please post your comments and questions–I’d love to hear from you!
ps. Here I am on the Greenwich Street Steps in San Francisco, taking a break to admire the beautiful flowers as I make my way up to Coit Tower. Photo by Marcus Donner.
September 2014 Update: As explained in my last post, My Frugal Manifesto, after three years of blogging about frugality, I’m moving on to other projects and passions. But I’m still around, so if you have any questions or thoughts to share, please post them in the comments section after each post. I’d love to hear from you!