Struggling for Rent

This week my biggest stress has been paying the bills. Rent, specifically. It’s Thursday night and tomorrow is the deadline. I have posted items for sale on Facebook and Craigslist in hopes that I can make an extra $50 or so before tomorrow. So far, it’s not going well.

This has been part of my routine for the past few months before my rent deadline. Somehow, mostly with the help of my parents and a good friend or two, I’ve made my payments every month. But this is exactly the kind of financial stress that’s motivating me to change my life. I don’t want to continue living this way and needing to get creative just to pay my bills.

Granted, I was the one who got myself into this tight situation. My monthly rent is out of my budget now that I’ve begun to pay off some hefty debt. That’s another story for another day. But I’m determined to learn from this and come out better for it on the other side.

On the bright side, I have submitted a blog post to my former company that will result in a payment sometime next week. I also cranked out a blog post on surrogacy that should serve as my “interview” for a potential freelance client. Here’s to writing about subjects I know nothing about! I’m also emailing back and forth with another potential “work from home” sort of job. It seems a bit dull but if it’s actually lucrative I am more than ready to put in the work.

Over the past six months or so I’ve been distracted by a lot of “work from home” offers that seem legitimate from the start, only to find that I’m taken to a site where a video plays and an eager man starts talking about making $2,000 a week with just 5 hours of work a day! And to get access to these miracle jobs it only comes with a small fee! Of $100!

To which I say, NO THANKS. The thought of paying to work is not something I want to do right now. Maybe one day when I’m not scraping by from paycheck to paycheck I’ll invest in one of those programs out of sheer curiosity, but the time is not now.

To all of you reading this, wish me luck that I can scrape on by until the next deposit in my checking account. In the meantime, I’ll be working my butt off for every dollar I can find.

-M

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