This week I received my first paycheck. It’s the first steady paycheck I have received in over 15 years. Quite the momentous occasion for me. The revelation that I’ll get another one in two weeks is awesome. I signed up for my benefits this week. The cost, fully loaded with vision, dental, short and long-term disability, is about 60% – 70% less than what I currently pay for basic healthcare. Wow.
I continue to shake my head about the normalcy that has returned to my life. This company is filled with people who do the 9-5 with no overtime and no expectations of you staying late. I am use to a world that if you walk out at closing time, people scoff that you are only working part-time. This keeping normal hours is a revelation.
I had dinner with a dear GF from my old profession. She and I have talked candidly about the financial problems we are facing. She was always far more successful for me, but now she’s hit the skids. For good reasons, but her financial instability is panic-inducing. Balancing her arrears in her mortgage and other bills. Getting a nice size check only to spend it on catching up on bills. Facing a grim future. I feel for her.
She was so incredibly happy for me. She said it gives her hope that her future will shift soon also.
I am obnoxiously happy. I am that obnoxious friend that is so incredibly blissful about life. I continue to enjoy my job and figure out new things to do and people to meet. I make a positive impact to the company’s bottom line every day. I like everyone I have met. Nothing but sunshine and rainbows over here.
Next week I am starting a couple of new habits. I have been allowing myself the excuse of a long commute to not exercise or take my lunch. Lunch excuses also involve using the social experience of lunching with colleagues to build relationships. Time to curb the procrastination.
On Friday I bounced over to the nearby gym that has showers and opens early enough that I can go there before work. My plan is to put on my exercise garb and drive to work where I will be forced to work out since I’m already dressed. Even if I don’t do that, I can work out at lunch or after work.
I have to start moving my body. Sitting/standing in an office all day with a 2-hour round trip commute is not helping my aging body. It feels stiff, bloated and out of shape. This weekend, I’ll put together my gym bag so I can get started Monday morning.
The other thing is lunch. Let’s face it, I can’t afford $15/day for lunch. That doesn’t fit with my new frugal strategy.
I am about to embark on an IRS repayment plan that will demand that I adhere to a tighter budget so I can get my ass out of debt. Even though Maggie & Co. is still generating some $$ that will provide an emergency fund, monies to relocate and pay off debt, I’m still not out of the woods. I still have to be smart.
The lingering clients of Maggie & Co. have some ups and downs that constantly remind me why I have fled this business. I just got off the phone with one that makes me take a deep sigh and shake my head in frustration. Yep, I made the right decision.
Now, let me do a little more Maggie & Co. work, some admin work for the Hunter and then I can put my gym bag together. Busy, busy, busy in an obnoxiously happy way. Life is good. Thank you, dear Lord, Karma or whoever you are. I am grateful each and every day.