Stop Being “Positive” & Start Getting Real (Joy) In Your Life

Stop Being “Positive” & Start Getting Real (Joy) In Your Life

I think this is something I am going to need for the new year, so I’m putting it here.

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2014 Is Going To Be A Poor Year

It’s getting to the end of 2013!  Time for reflections of the past year and looking at how to make the future amazing.

It has been awhile since I’ve really blogged so here’s a rundown:

October: Had surgery and took a full week off of work
November: Worked my ass off
December: Worked my ass off and quit one of my part-time gigs.

So I’m stuck at work until about midnight and am looking over my debt and projected income for 2014….it ain’t pretty.

As of right now, my projected income for 2014 is about $15,600.

Not.  Pretty.

That projected income is only from my part-time office management job….something I am going to work to make a full-time position in 2014.  If that doesn’t work, at least see if I can get a raise at current hours or just more hours.  This projected income does not count any of my under-the-table gigs, TaskRabbit, or gift card income from focus groups.  The main reason I quit my part-time demo job was because I’m actually making more money cleaning/organizing people’s houses and could make way more if I had the time to take more gigs. 

So, what am I going to do about all of this in 2014?

Priority One: Figure Out Income
I have to see if there’s any growth opportunity at this job.  It’s really hard for me because I love my coworkers, atmosphere, and patrons and the ONLY truly disappointing factor of this job is the pay and hours.  My workload is unbearable at 24 hours a week and some of the things that I do are things that people get paid triple my salary to do. 

I make pretty good money from TaskRabbit and will now have more time to take tasks now that I’m not doing Jeni’s gigs.  If I can continue to get about 7 hours per week that would bump my overall salary to $20k per year and that would be awesome.

Priority Two: Complete Thesis
Once that is complete I will have a Master’s degree and can ask for more money and look more qualified if I do have to look for a new job.  My first official draft is due December 30th and I’ve been working on it pretty hard.  At the current pace this thing will be submitted and out of my hands by February.  The bulk is complete!  It’s all downhill from here!

 

So that’s what’s going on for now.  I would love to hear anyone’s suggestions or input on how to pimp hand this situation.  I can already tell this is going to be an extremely frugal year for me and I am determined to stay afloat.