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Thailand Trip Back In Motion

May 21st, 2017 at 05:37 am

It feels like forever since I've blogged. Working plus studying has gotten really hard as there have also been several social things on that taken up a fair bit of time.

Although all of this time has been spent studying and simply getting through day to day life, I am severely behind in this subject as there was a lot more involved than I originally thought. It's a statistics subject, so the first few weeks were interesting, especially with the various excel charts that can be used but once algebra was brought into the equation I feel like I'm studying another language. Ultimately it's well beyond my capabilities.

I'm now one week from finishing this subject and am supposed to be sitting an exam next week and have no idea if I will even pass. When I was thinking about doing the subject B asked me if it was really worth it and I'm now inclined to say no, it's not worth it for me. My understanding is below what it should be yet my whole life in all others areas feels like it's falling apart and nothing is getting done.

As a result I'm at a place where I'm planning on withdrawing from the degree and am wishing to change jobs. I can accept myself as a bookkeeper instead of an accountant and would prefer to have my life in order than wholly putting everything into a degree while the rest of it all falls to the wayside, and the studying with the work is too much of a balancing act. I can still earn the same money and while there isn't as much upside to future earnings there is still the opportunity for an extra $10,000 to $20,000 per year if you become good enough at the role so I can live with that.

With changing jobs, we are about to hit a very quiet spell for the next couple of months and I would have to take leave anyway; but I really feel like a change as I have been working at the same company for the last 12.5 years. B has said that he will support me if needed, but hopefully savings will tide us over and we should be ok. I've seen plenty of jobs that I can apply for so am not too fussed.

So that's one big thing that's been going on.

Also, we had a trip to Thailand planned before where we purchased a voucher for 8 nights accommodation plus flights for $800pp and paid $150 each but the voucher expires this September and nobody was interested in going in the end so we thought it was cancelled. One of our friends had the idea of going next year instead around our 40th birthdays and was able to transfer the deposits over to a deposit on flights instead. We agreed and she has booked us flights at $800pp for early March next year.

As a result I saved away $700 last month into the holiday fund, so it is now at $995.75. We haven't received the flight itineraries and payment instructions yet but I trust that it is all in motion as she has said that it is booked.

7 Responses to “Thailand Trip Back In Motion”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you do well on your exam!

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Good luck!

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks for your good wishes, I will need them!

  4. bluesfemme Says:

    Good luck :-)
    Algebra is logical. If you can find the key it falls into place (I'm an analyst, did maths at uni and have also done two years of accounting/tax subjects). Have you tried some of the maths apps? There are a lot that are free :-)

    I wouldn't normally encourage someone in this field, if numbers didn't come naturally to them, as it's really important you recognise when the numbers are doing you wrong. But i think with your years of experience in bookkeeping that you would instinctively. You are on a headstart because of your experience, so i would wait til after the exam to make a choice. Bestest of luck again!

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    It sounds like you have made up your mind. If you have, it is what it is. But I am sure Statistics was the worst class I ever took in my whole life (lowest grade). Thankfully, it pretty much has absolutely nothing to do with accounting (or any accounting I have done, anyway). Just makes me wonder if it's common for accountant types to do poorly in statistics. It may just be the icing on the cake, and a choice you were leaning towards anyway, but I wouldn't let that one class weigh heavily on your decision.

    Good Luck!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Bluesfemme & MonkeyMama thank you so much for your in-depth comments, I'm so appreciative of them... I'm glad to hear that there are other accountant types who do poorly in statistics! It's certainly made me want to re-think everything and perhaps live a quieter life. Anyhow I'm currently in the depths of revision and will let you all know what happens when things calm down a bit. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ugh, statistics. I'm not a math person at all - hated, hated, hated that class.
    Barely pulled a C, and that was with spending 60 % of my study time on that one class...

    Your trip sounds like a great thing to do!

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