I caught myself confessing to a stranger that I am doing everything I possibly can to live on Maui. All the reasons that attracted me here are the very ones that lure me to stay.
Besides teaching 7 classes to 90 students, running two grant-funded projects, giving private piano lessons and ad hoc gigs, I’m also looking out for grants to apply during the three months each summer when I receive no income and need to revert to COBRA for healthcare, effectively doubling my health insurance payments.
But I can’t keep digging into my savings if I plan to retire with a peace of mind.
Recently I noticed many articles in the Civil Beat and Huffington Post about battling the unaffordable cost of living in Hawaii.
It’s nice to know I’m not alone.