It’s not just a bad 90s song.
The last few weeks have been ridiculously exhausting for me. It started with the whole depression thing rearing its ugly head. Then the dog got sick. And if you were on Twitter around 5:30PM my time (EST) on Saturday, you saw this:
Car just got rear ended with me and the family inside. Yay Saturday!
— Jana(@dailymoneypf) April 14, 2012
That’s right. The family and I were in a car accident on Saturday while we were on our way to dinner. Fortunately no one is hurt and there is minimal damage to the car, but we have to buy a new car seat (for those of you who don’t know, if a car seat is in an accident, it is deemed “not safe” or something like that and it needs to be replaced. And car seats are not cheap) and my husband has to take a day off of work to get estimates. Good stuff.
There have been some other goings on as well. For starters, I’m taking a leave of absence from my job, beginning next week (I promise to talk about this soon). I cannot get better if I continue to work at my job right now (here’s a bit of an explanation as to why). Then there’s the fact that we’re moving. Well, planning on moving. Our house, which was supposed to go up for sale last month, is now slated to go on the market at the beginning of May. And last but not least, our finances have become a slight trainwreck lately. We’re not back in debt or anything but our budget and I have not been getting along.
So it’s time to reevaluate some things.
If I am going to get better, I need to make some changes. So that’s what I’m going to do. And I think these changes are going to help get me refocused, healthier, and hopefully eliminate some of the dark clouds that seem to be following me around lately.
- As part of my therapy, I’m required to exercise and meditate regularly; since I have a membership at the local YMCA, it’s time to start using that. I’m thinking about adding a personal trainer once a week as well. But that’s a bit expensive and I can’t do that unless I…
- …get my budget back on track. My husband and I are planning on having a budget meeting to discuss expenses, especially with the change in my pay over the next few months. It’s essential that are finances are as perfect as they can be or we could take a really awful financial turn.
- The blog. Oh, the blog. Well, I should say blogs. The Jealousy Files is progressing nicely and I have big plans for that site. And I’m working on a top secret photo blog project that should launch in early May. But where does that leave Daily Money Shot? Well, there’s no way I’m forgetting about my firstborn. However, I’m going to have to reduce my posting schedule from 6 days per week to 5 (and, if I have to, I’ll go down to 4 by cutting out Money Tune Tuesday). I’m planning on going on a M, T, W, F, Sat schedule. I’m leaving Thursday open for any guest posts and Sundays are just a day off. I also have some special features planned, like wedding week.
- The rest. I have always wanted to be a writer. Since 2nd grade, it’s the only job I’ve ever truly wanted to have. This is my opportunity to try to make that happen. I have significant doubts about my skills and creativity and ability to make a living as a writer but at least I can say I tried. Because I’m going to write a book. Maybe 2! I don’t want to give too many details but rest assured, when they’re done, I’ll let you know.
So that’s it. That’s what’s going on. I don’t know if I’ll be able to conquer this demon but if nothing else, I can make him shut the hell up. I’m hoping that the changes and plans I have in place will help that happen.