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New Job and a New Outlook

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I am slowing shedding the feeling of shame I’ve been carrying for the last couple of years since we moved out of our home and into the apartment.  For the first time in a LONG time, things are really looking up!  It has been a really rough time, especially since December when everything changed so suddenly.

As I mentioned in the comments of my last post…I GOT THE JOB!!!

It’s full time, full benefits, work in an office…real life job!  And the way it happened could not be any more providential!  Here’s a little back story.

When we began our Christmas visit with my grandmother, I spent a great deal of time applying for jobs…everywhere, all over the world.  Well, I had been through this before, know the holidays were not a good time to be in the job hunt, but I continued to persist.  The job I got is one of those jobs.

Then while we were in Texas visiting my immediate family over Christmas, I got a text from our ‘landlord’ that the camper we were living in had been damaged and was no longer liveable.  Can you say full panic mode!?!  Up until that point, I had planned on us living in the camper until April when we could 1) wrap up the school year and 2) finish Gymnast competition season at Regionals.  Then was planning to move to GA to my grandmothers or travel for a bit.

With nowhere to live any longer, the timeline moved up for the GA move, but I was able to secure temporary housing in VA for a month while Gymnast finished his regular season meet. And to give us time to pack up and get things into storage and so on.  My grandmother graciously let us move in with her with first week of February.

On our trip to GA with our final load of belongings, I got the call. They were interested in my varied skill set for a brand new position, but I lived in VA. Oh, how funny, I’m was actually driving down to GA with our last load of belongings to complete a move to a town, that is literally one town over from the corporate base of this company.  They headquarters are 12 miles from my grandmothers home, 12 miles!

Our first three weeks in GA were filled with in person interviews, personality test, reference checks and phone follow ups, and our last Friday night there (before we returned to VA for a week) they called at 4:12pm and offered me the job, met my salary requirements and I start NEXT WEEK!!!!!

The timing of the call, the timing of the interview process and the start date…after over a year and a half of searching, I can only say that God had a hand in this.  But there is more, this company gives back to foster/adoptive charities (hello, near and dear to my heart,) the owners actually know some of my extended family (small town but wow,) and one of their goals is to empower women/moms.  Holy cow, can it be any more perfect!

Granted, this will be a BIG adjustment for my little family.  I will be going to an office for the first time in 13 years. My grandmother has insisted we remain with her for at minimum another month while we adjust to the new life and she will help with the kids.  She’s watched us homeschool all these months we’ve visited her over the past couple of years, and is comfortable with keeping the kids on track to finish out the year.  We will have school on Sunday evenings where I will give assignments for the week and then we will meet a couple more times during the week to make sure we are on track.  It’s not going to be easy, but I am confident we can adjust.

I am keeping both my part time jobs for the time being both for security and to help me get back on solid financial ground more quickly.  All jobs are aware of the situation as far as me working them all.

And just a small financial win…okay two wins. Maybe three.

  1. I was able to replace the tires on my car, yes, I waited until it was dire, but I paid in cash!
  2. The kids have all received a small stipend for some summer clothes and are looking forward to getting to shop. (They have had a couple of weeks to make lists and think through needs and wants, etc.)  This is especially crucial for the two youngest since they hit major growth spurts this year, so nothing old fits.
  3. I have almost $500 in an emergency fund, consistently saving 10% of any monies received.

I am so grateful for this community and the constant encouragement. I’ve still got a wait until I get my first paycheck and see how all the deductions and so on work out before planning a budget and starting to look for housing.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers this week as Gymnast will compete at his state meet this week, his last with his current team…it is bittersweet and he is really struggling with the move the most because of it.  And then we will return to GA to start our “new life.”

 

 


Carpet Cleaning

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I can’t believe we move in just 11 days!  I received a very long list of “must do’s” from the property management company.  There weren’t any surprises on there as I was made aware of everything upon move in.  I admit I was irritated by the fact that I have to have the carpet professionally cleaned because really…the carpet is awful!  I have throw rugs over 75%+ of it because I don’t want the kids or I to walk on it–that’s how bad it is!  Thankfully the carpet is only upstairs.  It absolutely, positively needs to be replaced but that’s not my call so I will fulfill my obligation.

As I went about pricing carpet cleaning services I only became more irritated because it was going to cost me a couple of hundred bucks.  That is until I found a groupon coupon!  The upstairs is approximately 1000 square feet and the coupon is for carpet cleaning of 1000 square feet for $40!  I read and reread the requirements from the management company and all it says is I must produce a receipt from a professional carpet cleaning company.  So I chalk this up as a win and the carpet cleaning is set for 3/29.  Score!

In other move news, we are almost completely packed.  Spring Break was productive and we are all very excited.  At this point I am looking forward to less space.  I wonder how I will feel in a few months?  Cramped?  Confined?  Or liberated?  I’m not sure but for now I am enthusiastic if nothing else.  I’ve sold a few more things and sent the money straight to debt which feels good considering this is going to be an expensive month with the move.  I decided no garage sale is needed as I got rid of most garage sale type items via Craigslist.  All of those transactions went so well!  Everyone showed up when they said they would and payment was made in cash!

Rocking along here and feeling good.  Could NOT have done this without this blog!!!!


The Move

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Several of you asked about my budgeting for my March 30 move.  I will be using the same movers I’ve used in the last two moves that are both reliable and very reasonable.  They charge $95 per hour for a three man crew.  They are insured and have good reviews.   I have so minimized my stuff I can’t even begin to tell you!  I spent today packing the kitchen and have another car load of things to sell and donate.  If I haven’t used it in a year…it went.  I have set aside $700 (much of that coming from the difference in rent due April 1) for the movers which I think is a significant over estimate.  When we moved into this house we essentially had two households and even had to make two trips b/c their truck wasn’t large enough to take everything in one run.  I remember clearly that we paid $850 and I remember being so impressed with the cost because it was near 9 hours that day. I just don’t see this move taking all day.  We had 100+ boxes that last move (!!!) and I’m guess-timating no more than 40 this time.  I hope to come in closer to 30.  There isn’t much furniture left with just my 3 piece living room set with two end tables, the kids bedroom sets (3 pieces each), my King size bed and the scary dresser.  There is a folding table serving as our dining table for now.  I have the frig that will be stored in my garage at the apartment.  I confirmed I can plug it in to the garage plug (and I don’t pay for electricity in the garage) and we can have a back up fridge.  I like having a lot of freezer space b/c I cook a lot and freeze.

All in all, I feel nothing but relief as I find myself with less stuff.  The sermon this morning at church was about consumerism.  The priest made such valid points about all of the empty things we chase trying to find fulfillment when really it is all very simple–and the answer is not in a new television set.

I sincerely feel like this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing right now.  I think I AM supposed to be slightly uncomfortable as I undo my past mistakes.  I think I am supposed to cringe a bit as I think about where I am at right now.  I am working hard to find motivation in the positive position it puts me in as I move forward.  It isn’t always easy as there is a very real sense of shame about everything but most days I do okay.

I sense there are many readers out there who are still in a hopeless situation about their debt.  If that’s you, go back and read some of my early posts and see where I’ve come in just 12 months (March 1 was my one year anniversary as the blogger on this site).  I hope you find encouragement in what you read.  Remember it could always be worse and you do have something to be grateful for in this world.  That could be family or your job or whatever…but we all have something.  Take a baby step today and watch how you gain momentum.  While I do not recommend going through a SECOND divorce as you are trying to dig out, I can say the divorce is very likely the best thing that could have happened to me on my debt journey.  I am excited to see where I will be in just another 12 months!

Happy Sunday.