I usually don't write much about my personal life outside of things that are related to health and fitness, or how various things may impact on it. I often write about events that may cause changes in eating or exercise plans. I write about babysitting and how I've been able to incorporate fitness into the days I watch my cousin's daughter. Usually I end there.
Today I'm writing about something a bit more personal that doesn't have much to do with health or fitness; at least not directly. What I'm going to write about will impact on my blog and changes that you may see to the page.
I'll try to keep this short as I don't want to come across as though I'm angry or making bad comments about anyone (my employer).
On Monday I was told that due to our low census hours are being cut from some of us. There's a group of us who are not protected by a union (personal opinions about unions aside, I'm just giving facts) and we are not in the "management' or salaried category. We are hourly employees who are often the ones who have changes (cuts) made when things occur. When one of my co-workers returns from vacation, my hour cutting will being. I have to cut 16 hours out of each pay period. Two days. A day a week.
I'm single without any roommates; anyone to share household expenses. This will result in a pretty big hit to my monthly income, which I need. I suppose that this comes at a good time, as it is the new year and one of my non-fitness or health related goals is to learn to manage my money better. I have a slight shopping problem. I buy myself things (clothes, shoes, and generally over-priced handbags). I have a love of higher priced brands (although I do shop at a lot of outlets, sales, clearances, and with coupons!). My is to change this behavior; to stop spending so much money and to start saving more. I've been a fairly spoiled only child and it's time to stop relying on my parents so much.
Losing hours at work at a time when I'm trying to better manage my money....SUCKS. Now I have to learn to budget at a lower income level. It won't be fun. It won't be easy. BUT it's something that I really need to do, and stick to, this time. If I could change my lifestyle and lose weight, I can do this. Do I want to? Yes and no. I want to be more independent and prove to my parents that I can be responsible in ALL areas of my life. I also do not want to stop shopping (for others as much, if not more, than myself). I want to be able to do all of the things I want to do, and still buy things. Something will have to change... What's more important that fancy new BCBG dress or paying for registration for two races?
That's how I'm trying to look at it... What money spent will be used for things that I enjoy and that will benefit me? Things that I like to do are going to have to be limited. I'd love to spend the money on a dress and do a race, but I'm trying to be more frugal. I'm trying to save more. Sure, I'd love the dress...BUT without fitness the dress won't look good... So? I think that means spending money on race registration and working to look even better in the clothes that I already have. I'm not going to shop as much until I really need to (for example, those broken work pants). I think that having the reward of shopping in front of me will also help me to focus even more on being healthy.
It hurts to have to cut back (honestly the thought of fewer shopping sprees brought a tear or two to my eye - perhaps it's an addiction?), but I have to do what I have to do. That being said, I need to find a way to make at least some of what I'll be losing. Can I figure things out with lower pay? Yes, to a point. But in order to pay off things I've already purchased (credit cards), I need that money. I can stop doing what I'm doing, but I definitely need what I'm losing in pay.
That brings me to the blog... I'm adding more ad features. I've had AdSense on here, and in all honesty have not made anything from it. Not that I blame people; I wouldn't click on some of the ads that pop up either; if any of them. Most people are not here to read ads; that's just how it is. As much as I don't want to put more of that stuff out there for my readers to look at, I'm doing so in hopes that at some point someone will click on something and I'll make a few cents. Seriously, cents. It's not like I'm making a million dollars on this blog (in fact, zero dollars thus far).
That being said, I've read on other blogs that sometimes readers see things like that and, with the best of intentions, click on ads too much. This can cause me to not be able to host ads or make anything from them. An example would be sitting here and clicking every ad that comes up several times in a row just to make some money. That's bad. That can get me in trouble - please don't do it!
I just wanted to inform you of the changes that you'll see on the page, as far as more ads. I write this just to share my story or information. I never planned on using it as my main source of income. I thought I'd add the ads and if I made a little here and there, great. That's why until now I haven't had many ads on my page. I don't expect anyone to click on anything. I don't know if I'll even make a cent, and don't expect to. If I do, great... I guess I just had to maximize the chance of that happening.
In related news...
I was upset when I found out this news on Monday. What a great way to start the New Year, huh? I am thankful that I have a job. I'm thankful that this is (hopefully) just a temporary thing. At first though, when emotions take over, being thankful is easy to forget; which I did. I honestly wanted to cry... and pig out. I didn't. I went home and I worked out instead of sitting around, crying, eating, or drowning my sorrows in wine. I felt better after I worked out. I was able to focus on having some fun with a friend and my cousin; celebrating the new year. For a while I was able to block out that I had been upset and enjoyed myself.
I'd say my biggest success was ending 2012 on that note... A happy, positive note. I made a healthy choice instead of a poor choice. I pushed, I broke a sweat, and I burned over 900 calories, instead of eating 9000 (okay that's an exaggeration). I then went and had fun....I let loose, laughed a lot, and enjoyed myself.
Sadly the reality of the situation came back when I had to get up for work this morning, but rather than dwell on it, I tried to figure out the positives. My Dad even called at work with some input and offered for me to do some work for him if need be. He's a problem solver, for which I am thankful. When I am an emotional wreck, he's there with ideas for solutions and to help calm me down. Thank God for great parents who help balance us out!!!
One of the things that this situation is doing is lighting a fire under my ass with some things. Like my personal trainer cert... The sooner I get that, the sooner I can work and make a little extra money. Even working with one person, I'll be able to have a little extra income. It may not be much but it'll be something, as well as a start for building clientele. I also need to clean out a lot of "stuff" and sell it. So much of it is just sitting around, not being used. It's time to stop procrastinating and get rid of it. One thing I noticed over the holidays is how much space and how open and clean my friend's houses are. Even the smaller areas. Why? They don't have so much junk sitting around. I've definitely had my eyes open to the fact that cleaner looking homes have less stuff taking up space. So, it's time to get rid of some stuff!!! Maybe I'll get to doing some more crafts and listing more stuff on Etsy, too. Any little bit will help....
I suppose that's it for now... I hope you're having a great week!!!