Oh, spring. Every year around this time, everyone decides to dig through the darkest corners of their homes to toss away unwanted items that serve no other purpose except to collect dust and take up space.
After having grown up only knowing tiny houses my whole life, I’ve discovered that clutter and disorganization makes me sick to my stomach. When you don’t have the room to spare, you learn very fast that messy surroundings can be a huge contributing factor to bad moods.
Maybe it’s because of my budget-centered upbringing, but since my family and I were never in the position to spend freely and lavishly I learned not to attach myself to any material possessions. This frugal and unpossessive mindset was also hard-wired into me after having a shopping addiction. I realized after it was too late and was drowning in debt that owning more things did not make me happy.
Since then I have always been very diligent when it comes to budgeting just because I always had just enough to get by, but couldn’t afford any more than that. Spending has been under control for me recently because I haven’t spent a dime on anything other than gas or food, both of which are necessities. And anyway, I really only go out about once a week to take pictures.
One of my bigger financial goals is tackling my credit card debt – I started this blog with only a minuscule amount of savings left and started to use my credit card for necessities. I also charged a lot of real estate business expenses to my credit card last year and unfortunately didn’t break even before I resigned, so I’m waiting on my tax return to pay off some of the damage caused by my short-lived real estate career.
I’m also currently living on pennies, staying away from credit cards has run my bank account dry. Despite that, I’m remaining hopeful since I’m starting to see a substantial profit from my blog (and you can learn how to as well). So give or take, in a few months I’m confident I will be making enough to replace my previous income from the car dealership.
Since I never really have to do any spring cleaning of material possessions, I focus more on spring cleaning every other aspect of my life – finances, goals, workload, friendships. I work 90% of the time with only about 1-2 hours to myself 7 days a week, so my all-consuming work ethic has definitely put a strain on my friendships, family relationships and my boyfriend too. I’m working on crossing off some major goals on my to-do list so that I can focus more on spending time with my loved ones.
I’m sure that many other busybodies out there can relate: when you get to a point of being extremely busy, it’s hard to carve out time for your loved ones, and you begin unintentionally placing everyone you know on a numbered list. Someone once told me “if it doesn’t make me money or doesn’t make me happy, I don’t mess with it.” That’s become a phrase that I now live by, because I’d rather spend my free time with people who make me feel better rather than bad about myself. By “spring cleaning” my real-life friend list I’ve been able to make room for new friends who share mutual interests and most importantly, are uplifting and extremely supportive.
I think that with social media becoming the medium of communication it’s also becoming much easier to claim friendships without actually maintaining them. It’s too easy to say you’re someone’s BFF when in reality that person doesn’t actively contribute to the friendship. I’m taking the time to nurture current friendships worth holding onto and making room for new ones. Nobody likes change, I think I deserve to surround myself with meaningful and enriching relationships. Success seems much easier to attain when you’re in a positive environment.
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