Here’s Victoria

For the last few years, I’ve been finishing up my PhD in Medieval Studies, and told anyone who asked that yes, I was likely going to teach in a university with that.  And at the moment I am.

But recently I’ve started admitting a dream that I’ve had for years, that what I really want to do with myself is walk around the world and write books.  In fact, I’d really like to be the sort of person who, ten years from now, has her own land and house, has walked across continents, speaks ten languages, and writes fantasy novels, travel stories, and gardening notes as well as respectable academic articles on obscure medieval authors.  Being well-dressed as well might be too high an ambition.

This, of course, requires money.  For years, I admit, I pretended to be too high-minded to concern myself much with it.  Mostly I was just lazy; all it did was make me bad at managing my finances.  I didn’t get into too much trouble, fortunately, because I had just enough common sense to know that my chosen areas (medieval studies, novel-writing) were never going to pay very well, if I even managed to find a job.  I came out of my PhD with about $15,000 worth of debt, some of that from moving.

I started learning about personal finance properly last year, when I got a job.  It’s a three year position, and my goal for the next year and a half (I’m halfway through my second year) is to finish paying off my debt — currently about $7, 500 — and save  $15, 000 to go walk across Europe with.  I decided to apply to be a blogger here because it was watching TDDUP that really got me thinking about money, I like the community here, and I hope that this blog will help me improve both my writing and my finances.

Other points about me: I’m 29, single, live in Halifax, and am trying to balance work and life — both having a social life and trying to build up a writing portfolio — and also to balance my future goals with my present love of books, cheese, and miscellaneous hobbies.  I’ve lived in sixteen different towns, cities, and hamlets, mostly in Canada, from the High Arctic to Toronto, and have inherited a love of story-telling, travel, and good food from my parents.  I’m working on my second fantasy novel (and trying to get an agent with the first one) and also write about ideas, oddments, gardens, and books on my blog, the Rose and Phoenix Inn.

I look forward very much to sharing my efforts to get my head, filled as it is with ancient and medieval philosophy and literature, around 21st-century finances so that I can actually, I hope, live a good life.

avatarAuthor Bio ~ Victoria (81 Posts)

Having spent the second half of 2013 walking across England, Victoria Goddard is setting up a few small businesses in 2014, as a writer, editor, and possibly even as a gardener come spring. She's lived in more places in Canada than most people know exist, currently in Halifax, and along with writing for Other Voices also blogs at The Rose and Phoenix Inn.


39 Responses to “Here’s Victoria”

  1. Do you live in Halifax Nova Scotia? If so, welcome fellow Haligonian!

  2. I too am from Halifax and was very excited to see that one of the new Bloggers was a local!!! I read Gails Blog, and now other voices, with my morning tea and am very much looking forward your entries.

  3. avatar Backyardigan Says:
    January 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Halifax, represent! Definitely glad to see someone from our little corner writing here.

  4. Are you a “true” Blue Noser or an import??

  5. I’m glad you’re a story-teller. It should be interesting to read your blog.

    I like your dream! It’s impressive that you’re only 29 and have lived in 16 different places. I’m in my early 40s and I’ve lived in 2 districts in Toronto and 2 cities in the Greater Toronto Area – and that’s it!

  6. @ SandyM: I’m afraid I’ll always be a come-from-away no matter where I go, but I did live for four years in Antigonish county in high school, and have now lived in Halifax for a year and a half. So it’s a place I feel quite at home in.

    @ mels: Well, I must admit that the first lot of places were due to my parents, but I obviously have something of the wanderlust in me as well — though after I’ve gone adventuring for a bit I do hope to buy land and settle down for a while, too! I have dreams of a great garden for one day.

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  8. I am very pleased with your biography and background! I, too, am currently trying to balance finances and my dreams of travelling the world (I am 23 years old) so I look VERY forward to reading your blog on Gail’s site!!

  9. I’m an Arts academic who enjoys personal finance as a hobby and who, like you, loves to travel. We have similar dreams, although I’d be happy just to improve at my third language… :-)

    I’m a fair bit older, though, so running a retirement calculator tells me I’ll probably be working until age 60, so I’m interested to hear how your plans shape up over time and how I can borrow from your strategies.

  10. Welcome R and Kelly — Well, I didn’t say I already knew ten languages, just that I’d like to! (I read/can have a conversation in three besides English well, can more or less read two others, and have a smattering of a sixth. So I have a long way to go.) Personal finance really seems to be one of those areas where everyone can learn from everyone else — there’s always some trick or tip or perfectly obvious point you’d never noticed before that someone else tells you about. I look forward to hearing everyone’s comments!

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