So I committed the ultimate blogger don’t and stopped posting for six months. The truth is, I was going through a lot of ish:
- I found out that I was going to be laid off from my job.
So finding out you are getting laid off from a job you hate is a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, I was free to try something new. I was given an opportunity to leave a bad situation. Even better, I had two months notice! Because I was in the middle of stacking cash to make a final payment on my student loans, I was financially secure.
On the negative end, I was scared. I live in small town USA and I was worried that I wouldn’ t find a job that paid as much. My backup job in retail was revealed as not the right move for me. I had no idea what to do or what my passion was. The job I was leaving was my first “real job” out of college and I was scared it was a fluke and that I had no real value in the market.
What ended up saving me was networking. I ended up having a choice between two positions. I took a role in IT at a local manufacturing/retail company focusing on luxury goods. I negotiated a salary that ended up being a 10% increase from my last position. It has been two months and I have since been promoted to eCommerce manager and received another 13% increase. Life is good.
- I broke up with a live-in boyfriend…and it had everything to do with money.
As a young, upwardly-mobile professional woman, it is hard to meet men who can bring something similar to the table. For the past 8 months, I had made a compromise and was dating someone who was not financially independent. While he was a sweet guy, I realized that he just did not have the drive and motivation that I do and that we were not compatible in enough areas to make it work.
I just finished reading Tom Stanley’s, The Millionaire Mind, and it goes into detail about how our success is heavily influenced by who we choose to share our life with. I definitely made the right decision, however, the adjustment to being single is never fun.
What a difference 6 months can make!
I am in awe of how different my financial picture looks 6 months later:
- I make 25% more money!!!
- I have less than $3500 of debt left, including collections
- My credit score went from 680 to 730!
The hard work and sacrifices pay off! Now I promise I will never abandon you guys like that again. Look out for upcoming posts on:
- How I went from lowly IT administrator to eCommerce Manager in 2 months
- How I negotiated my new salary and raise
- How I increased my credit score to 730
- My new fun side hustle, teaching hip-hop dance!
- Thoughts on Tom Stanley’s The Millionaire Mind.
Love you guys and thank you for reading!