I’m Back…

By on June 26, 2017

So to say the least, it has been awhile. In the last year I have taught my first graduate class, or any class, since I taught ELL classes in South Korea in 2004. It was part side hustle and part “Am I ready to move to a new career?”.  I really enjoyed teaching the career class to future counselors so much that I decided to explore teaching full time at counselor education programs.

For those who don’t know, counselor education programs are graduate programs which train counselors for mental health, higher education, or school counseling positions. I limited my search to certain locations that met living criteria for my family: location, size of community, not too far from family, etc. Fast forward October to June: 12 applications, 6 phone interviews, and 2 on-campus interviews….say hello to a new job at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. I really took the changing our default to heart and decided to uproot my entire family.

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Cell Phone: Pay for what you use & save

By on June 3, 2016

So you only paid a penny for a $600 cell phone and for 80 bucks a month you have unlimited data, texting, minutes, and a lifetime supply of oxygen included for FREE! WOW! That’s a great deal!?

For many people you could spend less than $20 per month per phone, if you changed a few of your defaults by utilizing wifi options. The switch from major cell providers was easier for us once we realized how to utilize the FORCE (wifi) and that we could effectively and easily manage our data consumption, texts, and phone minutes.


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Our FIRE manifesto

By on April 14, 2016

We weren’t born to just pay bills and die.photo mar 14

You’ve probably seen this quote floating around the Internet. It’s totally apropos for what we here at Changing Our Default are doing. FIRE (Financial Independence and Retiring Early) is now a primary goal for us.

“We were meant to live for so much more…have we lost ourselves?” – Switchfoot
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