We got our answer about the layoff rumors. Layoffs took place over three days where I work. Everyone was nervous, but there was nothing for us to do but keep working until we heard something one way or another. In the end, our floor was spared. We got the all-clear from the leadership on day three.
I have to admit, I was disappointed to not be let go. I was checking my email incessantly – looking for a special meeting invitation. I’m jealous of the people who are already secure with their finances that got fat severance checks. They’ve, in effect, been given months of paid vacation. I can only daydream about what I’d be doing if I were in that situation right now.
Anyway, during this past couple of weeks, I took a few mental health days off from work, because I really needed to. Since then, my mood, rather inexplicably, has improved. Nothing about my job has changed at all, except my attitude about it. For the past few days, I haven’t felt this crushing dread at going in to work. Now, I’m not backflipping and hula-hooping to work, but I just have felt…neutral…to even slightly positive. Things that used to upset me at work, now just feel like irritations. I REALLY hope this mind shift lasts for as long as possible.
I’m not following a budget these days, so it shouldn’t be surprising that my money seems to disappear faster than I can earn it. I know! Bad blogger! Where did a bunch of it go this week?
Hair products: I’ve recently (and painfully) confirmed that I have become allergic to my hair care products including one that used to be my absolute favorite. I’m having to rebuild what I can tolerate using with trial and error. Two ingredients that I strongly react to are unfortunately in almost everything. And there may be other allergens that I haven’t pinpointed yet. Buying and testing products will be blowing up my spending a bit for now. Ugh!
Supplements: I had to refresh my supply of supplements all at the same time, so that wasn’t cheap. But I should be set for the next two months.
Rent: We still haven’t found a fourth roommate to replace the one moving out. I had to pay higher rent to cover the empty room for October. Anyway, setting aside money for that, ate almost all of my most recent paycheck.
Student Loan Debt
Yes! I made a few hefty payments to bring the balance down to $12,000. I’m still on the track, but somehow it barely feels like I’m moving. Sigh.
“Life Fund” Savings
With the budget killers on the loose, I wasn’t able to add more money to my Life Fund. As of today, my Life Fund is still holding at $8,000.
“Debtor’s prison is real, and opportunity cost is a bitch.” (DDSW Archives)