Welcome to another post in my “blog” series. In this series I blog about my daily life. It’s a bit like the oldschool blogs back when the word blogging was first invented.
Why do this?
Well, first of all a lot of people have told me that they want more updates on my path to 10 languages in 10 years. This is totally understandable, I haven’t always been the best at updating.
Another reason is that I’d like to look back at this time in my life to see what I was thinking and doing. Reflection is always nice.
So without further ado, here are some of the things on my mind lately.
Language learning grinding to a halt
Lately I've been a bit preoccupied with how I’d like to build my future, including Actual Fluency.
This mental load has been hurting my language learning process and consequently I've done very little for my Hungarian.
I've been watching some videos sporadically, listening to HungarianPod101 as well, but I've neglected my Colloquial course as well as tutoring lessons.
I've always had trouble with learning a bit every day, often favouring huge binge sessions or periods.
However, that’s just not very ideal.
It’s been a relatively busy start to the year, so I also blame that slightly for my poor learning performance.
In the next two weeks I’ll be travelling so I’ll strive to get some learning done on the road.
One of the worst Tuesdays of my life so far
Tuesday the 8th of March 2016 was not one I’d like to have repeated, if it could be avoided.
The day started at 4.55 when I was awoken by some disturbance. As I roll over in bed, half-asleep I notice a shadowy figure in my bathroom.
My bathroom connects the hallway with the master bedroom.
As I realise what’s happening I jump out of bed and yell HEY! Which makes the intruder run off.
I'm not sure if he took anything, I don’t seem to be missing anything of value.
He took advantage of an old gate that, with enough force, could be pushed open. Since I have that gate in front of my door I don’t normally lock my door when I'm at home.
I will from now on.
I'm surprised at how little it affected me, perhaps because I had been imagining the scenario before. I've always been an anxious sleeper and every sound during the night not only wakes me up, but makes me think there are several intruders in the flat.
Normally it’s just my mind playing tricks, but this time it was real.
But it doesn't bother me. Not yet at least. I guess writing about it here on the blog is a way of processing what happened.
I'm annoyed at the person for violating my privacy, but other than that not too affected. If nothing else I’ll be more careful to secure my residence in the future.
Losing tons of hours at work
After I had settled down after the, somewhat abrupt, wakeup-call I got some bad news from my company. A major client had decided to terminate the contract with us by the end of the month.
Coincidentally a month I have fewer hours because I'm travelling to Denmark twice and England once.
What this means in reality is that I’ll not have a liveable wage by May 1st.
That’s not great when you’re living abroad, without that massive safety net of the Danish social security system.
The company of course assured me that they would try to replace the hours, but freelance contract work can be quite unpredictable, so while I’m remaining optimistic we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
In the meantime I'm using my extra time right now to get started on some of my own stuff.
I've always wanted to write a book, and with Actual Fluency I think I have one or two up my sleeve that could really be of value to people, but also increase my own personal profile/brand to a whole new level.
Who knows, down the line I might be able to go full time.
At this point though I'm enjoying my work and the freedom and flexibility it brings with it. I also have a lot of great colleagues around me to make up for not commuting into an office every day.
I'm not going to lie and say I don’t worry about the future. I definitely do. Possibly now more than ever.
But, at the end of the day life has a way of working out any problem.
Job security is such a myth anyway. I don’t remember who I got it from, but there is absolutely no guarantee the job or salary you have today will be there tomorrow.
Even for business owners or entrepreneurs.
What we can do, and I can definitely do better, is to prepare for when it happens.
I've read lots of personal finance advice, including a handful of books.
They all say to keep an emergency fund that can pay all expenses for a period of time.
I never managed to do that, opting instead of spending money on video games and expensive takeaway food.
Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t believe that financial independence, happiness or anything is achieved by cutting every expense down to the bare minimum.
But what I do believe is when you've failed a basic financial goal, such as establishing an emergency account, then you have to reflect on your choice of expenses.
If you set money aside, invested and what not then you can use the remaining money as you please. That’s my philosophy, which I've more or less stolen from Ramit Sethi over at IWillTeachYouToBeRich.
Anyway, I better end this weekly blog before I get too ranty and off-tangent.
The next few weeks I’ll be in England and then back to Denmark to celebrate my 28th Birthday on March 22.
It’s scary how time flies. When I was younger than 20 every year was quite special and I could feel a clear difference.
Now it feels pretty similar except you add another year to the total.
I hope your week is going better than mine and look forward to seeing you in the next weekly blog 🙂
PS. For anyone who’s curious, the cover photos are taken by myself around the city of Budapest.