“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.” –Seneca
Let’s face it, feeling overwhelmed is always terrible in the moment. The good comes when you get through it and realize you were strong enough to overcome obstacles or events you never thought possible. Whether it’s an event or a revelation, you have more power than you know.
If you follow this blog with even a little bit of regularity, you may know that last year my son got lead poisoning, we found ourselves unexpectedly in the housing market as a result, and when we finally found a house we could afford we discovered we needed to renovate it much more extensively than we initially thought. Those events are why we wound up in an overwhelming $50,000 of consumer debt. Many of them were outside of our control, some of them weren’t.
Fast forward to the start of a new year and we have pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps and are working hard to pay off our debt. In less than 6 months we’ve paid off around $8,000! There is a certain level of pride and satisfaction knowing that we are able to solve many of our problems ourselves.
Spending Diet Wins – January 2017
- Canceled my $19 per month ancestry.com membership because I finally found my biological family on my father’s side after 14 years of searching!
- The dentist decided to waive our $1,700 bill because my husband and I were the first clients at her new practice.
- Taught a résumé writing and LinkedIn profile optimization class at Boston Center for Adult Education, which I will earn $400 for.
- Earned $72 sending items to ThredUp.
- Pivoted my business model from active income to passive income by creating résumé templates and selling them on my website. Earned $69 this week selling the new résumé templates on www.talentcounseling.com.
Spending Diet Losses – January 2017
- Purchased an area rug for our living room. It’s a short-term expense of $119 but will save us hundreds of dollars in the long run because it will break the cycle of my son’s monster trucks destroying our hardwood floor when he launches his toy monster trucks off his Hotwheels ramp.
- Finally broke down and purchased a new pair of flats because my current pair tears my feet up every time I wear them. Will send the old pair to ThredUp, as they are still in very good condition. I made the difficult decision to purchase a rather expensive pair of Rothy’s because they have no seams, which means they shouldn’t destroy the top of my feet like all other flats do. Used the money I made selling résumé templated to pay for part of the purchase.
- The electric bill came in $160 higher than I expected, so we didn’t have as much extra money as we normally do to put towards credit card debt. We also decided to try and prevent future surprising high bills by converting our 30-year-old thermostats to newer, programmable thermostats. We received 2 for Christmas and purchased 2 more.
This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Overwhelming
Robin Brodrick is a résumé writer, aspiring minimalist, Douglas Adams fan, and corporate recruiter in the cutthroat biotech and pharma industries. You can purchase expertly designed résumé templates that will expedite your job search at www.talentcounseling.com . You can also follow Robin on LinkedIn.