7 months later and I have quite a few updates to share!
As a recap, in November '16 I asked the Rockstar Finance forum if it was possible for me to jump from $40K/year to $50K/year.
I heard your advice, and here's what happened:
December '16: Got a 10% raise, effective January '17
January '17: Earning $44,000 annual salary
March '17: Got a new job, earning $50,000 annual salary
April '17: New job loses major client. Announces possible layoffs, eek!
June '17: Accepted a position at new company at $56,000 annual salary
So, in 7 months, I went from earning $40,000 to $56,000 - holy camoly!
(But, of course, I'm still in debt so the extra income gains are all going towards paying it off.)
I'm in utter disbelief that I pulled it off, so - once again - thank you all for your help!
Tagging everyone who left me great advice (sorry if I missed anyone!):
@OurFinancialPath, @_TJ, @ChiefMomOfficer, @Mrs.Groovy, @sethdrebitko, @JoshDoody, @Ms.Montana, @Amanda, and @Frugalcop