September 2018 Update

So it has been a month since we moved to Ann Arbor to start a new chapter of our lives. I’ve been fortunate enough to find a new job which should be starting in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be a Financial Services Representative for MassMutual. In layman’s terms that means that I will be selling insurance, investments, and financial plans. I’m really excited to get started working. Given my obvious interest in personal finance, this is a great opportunity to grow my expertise. So I hope to have even better insights to offer along with the story or our journey. Plus, income is key when paying off debt.

Our Trip to Grand Rapids

Mrs. Money Squirrel and I are starting to explore the area and to learn more about the state of Michigan. This weekend we went to Grand Rapids and got a chance to see a lot of great art as the annual ArtPrize festival was taking place. For those not in the know, “ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.”

It was a lot of fun getting the chance to see so many great pieces of art. We even managed to find a little taste of Philly in this city as they had their own Love Park.

Love Park, Grand Rapids

We really liked the city so we looked into the local real estate and we were shocked at how affordable the housing is out there. It turns out that we are not the only ones to notice how affordable midwestern cities can be. Some millennials are choosing smaller cities in the midwest where less money can buy more space. Having visited for the first time I can see why business insider ranked Grand Rapids the number 1 place to get a job, buy a home, and start a life.

Back In Ann Arbor

Here in Ann Arbor we are settling into our new life. We’ve found a great church to join. (Shout-out to First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.) Which has been great, as it is giving us an opportunity to meet new people. One of the hardest things to get used to, now that it has been a month since the move, is the lack of people to talk to face to face.

Oh, one more thing. We have officially passed 100 followers on Twitter, which is awesome! The Money Squirrel Nation is growing so much faster than we anticipated. Thank you so much for the support.

2 Replies to “September 2018 Update”

  • Congrats on the move and the new job! I’d love to hear how you like being a financial adviser. I’m a career adviser and also write about career issues, and I find the two disciplines are very different — not in the expertise needed but functionally, what you’re doing day-to-day. Curious about your experience — it could make a great blog post when you’re settled into the new job.
    Thanks for the intro to the art festival. I had no idea there was such an extensive arts-related event in Grand Rapids. I know Ann Arbor has lots of culture given the proximity to the UMI — I participated in a piano competition there 30+ years ago when I was in HS!

    • Thanks for checking out our site. I’m definitely going to post more about the new job. I’m studying for my licensing exams now, will keep you posted.

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