The photo accompanying this post is not meant to make any kind of political statement. I simply feel it is appropriate for illustrating the content of this post.
Times are getting tough at the Little Stone House. You see, back in December, I lost my full time job. I have some severance, but that will run out in mid April. My insurance will end at the end of April. I will go on unemployment. I am hoping to start picking up work, but it's tough out there!
My boyfriend and I are preparing the best we can. Luckily, he still has an income, so he'll be able to help out with the bills; however, things will be tight.
We can make some small cuts, and having our little garden will help. Our tendency to thrift, recycle, and barter will also help to some extent. I will be putting any found money (unexpected windfalls, tax refunds, etc.) that I can into savings to try and keep my cushion going (It's not a large one. Hopefully I can grow it.)
Even though the job market is really tough right now, for some reason, I am not terribly worried. I'm simply doing the best I can. I am hoping to piece together a living from temp work, freelance work, and selling stuff. I need flexibility in my life right now, due to some health issues in my family, and I feel that, as long as I have a little more than enough to cover the mortgage and bills, I will be OK. I am not as frightened by my job loss as I would have been in earlier years.
I am volunteering, taking some time to care for myself, and trying to pursue some creative projects.
I really think it will be OK...
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