Yesterday I was complaining about how unfulfilling my job is. Today my boss called me. He has been in Asia for a week so I haven't heard from him in a while. I was very surprised when he told me that I will see a 4% raise in my salary starting next paycheck. Wow. I don't think I have ever received a raise that big. I estimate it will be almost $100 more a month after deductions. I'll know for sure when I get my next paycheck.
As much as I dislike my job at times, especially the boring times and the frustrating times, I can't complain about the money. It isn't amazing money but it is a respectable $41k which isn't bad for AZ and my low cost lifestyle. The money won't keep me there forever but it certainly makes it a little easier to stay. Perhaps the money is keeping me from taking a risk that could make me happier and wealthier. Or perhaps the money is keeping me from making a big mistake like quitting too early and losing everything. I don't know.
For now I will just take it one week at a time and enjoy adding $100 in to my budget. First it will go towards debts and then home improvements. Yay!