Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God, I could use a little push...

I'm feeling a need for positive in my life.. I just watched a small segment of Oprah's show today.. her talking with Demi and Ashton about the change in not only America but the World. the words "we are in this together" have very much touched me tonight.

But here is my cyber pat on the back to try to push me into seeing that I need to start moving in this direction FORWARD in 2009. I actually said out loud today that I didn't accomplish anything while I was off 9 months. I'm still in awe that I let those days slide by without slapping myself and saying "wake up girl you'll never get these days back" BUT then something deep inside me says I did right by myself. Maybe it was a good time for me to stop and smell the roses so I could say I once spent some time to myself.. not sure.

Last Thursday marked my 2nd check at my new/old job. Again the check in it's entirity and a big portion of my husbands check from the week prior went to savings.. this made me think.. where was I a year ago financially????

I know a year ago I was still in debt. I know a year ago I was working 2 jobs, my husband too. I know a year ago I saw my son for probably an hour every other weekend and most of that time was spent eating with him or just not talking or interacting with him because I was so exhausted all the time from working. I know a year ago I was moving in the right direction (financially). I know a year ago I had *just* found out I was going to be laid off come March. But, once I checked my bank on line and found out just where I was financially a year ago, I nearly threw up. seriously.

A year ago (this week) I was over $25,000 in debt. so basically I paid off almost $26,000 in 4 months time. I still don't know how we did it.. but today my credit cards are paid off (except for the bridesmaid dress I put on my credit card ONLY to earn the points for it which I will be paying off with my husbands check this Friday). Last Thursday I deposited enough money into my regular savings to meet a personal goal of my own. It was something I was striving for.. and then tonight to look at my NEGATIVE HUGE balance from a year ago.. and just the screen before seeing the savings as of today... I'm wowed by myself.

Sorry I know I need to get over myself, but right now... "God I could use a little push" just point me in the right direction and I can do the rest.

Any other pushes needed out there in cyberspace???

7 comments:

Frances said...

Honey, I don't think YOU need a push. You can do some of the pushing. It is amazing that you paid off so much debt in such a short time! Kudos to you!

frugalsuz said...

I think you're doing great! To have paid off that much debt in so little time is amazing. Everyone needs a little downtime now and again and everyone gets unmotivated now and again as well. Just keep on keeping on. :)

Stormy said...

yep, I'm needing a push too. how did you pay off 26K while unemployed??

Melissa said...

I was not laid off until April which also was when I quit my 2nd job. But I used my vaction time I got paid out for, I used our income tax refund, I used our stimulus check, I had an account that was part of my ira's/mutual funds that I didn't realize was cash I could use so I cashed that out. What else.. my husband was working a 2nd job and the 2nd job was paying him more than his regular full time job. it all adds up.. plus I cut out going out to eat and a bunch of other stuff so we were living on bare necessities (still are). Also my husband got some bonds from his parents that were sitting around their house since he was a baby (He is 32 now) so they were actually worth a good amount. The list goes on and on. It was funny how the cash just came to us. We asked for cash for birthday/Christmas/etc.. I could go on and on.

Precious said...

You did a fantastic job paying off that debt!

Justine said...

We all could use a little push from time to time. Kudos to you for paying off that much debt in a year... that is truly inspiring. Look ahead... 2009 is going to be a bright year for you!

Anonymous said...

If you can pay off that much debt in one year you can do anything.....including your laundry......... : )