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Today was rough. I feel like all Monday’s are rough. Somehow, today felt a little rougher than most. I found myself having to pause more than usual to remind myself why I bother with it all. I told myself after returning to work that I wasn’t going to stay working. I was going to find a way to stay home with my kids. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you might have the same feeling every once in a while.
Here’s how I manage to cope:
Pictures of my son. Lots of them. He and my husband cover my desk at work, they’re my screen saver on my computer, as well as my phone. Pictures, pictures, pictures. When it gets hard to answer that phone again, looking at their faces reminds me how important my paycheck is to their happiness. After all, THEY are the reason I get out of bed in the first place. Without my paycheck, my husband would have to scramble to meet our bills, or everything would start to go away. Losing what we’ve worked so hard to gain is not a option, nor is putting that workload and stress on my husband. I’m not going to stay home and the expense of keeping my husband at work 24/7. That would defeat the purpose.
I also obsess over our bills and debt. After all, that is what’s keeping me from staying home so the quicker I knock it out, the sooner I’m home with my boy. Even when it seems like there’s not much you can do to improve your financial situation – if there’s a will, there’s a way. Every. Penny. Counts. Even if it’s shaving pennies off of interest accrued. So long as you’re not adding to your debt, I’d say you’re moving in the right direction.
On that note, I make goals. Long term, short term, daily; all kinds of goals. Give yourself something to work towards. Try to break away from the mind-numbing daily work. Plus, you’ll feel good once you start checking them off. The trick is that you actually achieve them though. I’ll make a goal to pay ‘x’ towards debt by a certain debt; or have a credit card paid off by a certain day.
They don’t always have to be budget related like mine are though. Maybe it can be that you’ll set aside 30 min a day to take care of yourself. Take a bubble bath, work out, do a craft you enjoy. Heck, watch some TV! Let’s be real that sometimes we just want to sit down and veg! Taking care of yourself is just as important as making it through the day.
Ultimately, it all comes down to one thing. The harder you work, the quicker you’ll achieve it. You won’t get where you want to go by giving up and you need your paycheck to make ends meet (at the very least). The time is going to pass no matter how you spend it. Nothing is going to change if you don’t make it change. No one is going to walk up and hand you a check and takes care of all your debt (if they do, let me know). You can do absolutely anything you put your mind to. If you want it to happen, make it happen!