Friday, June 10, 2011

Trying to Keep some Balance

This morning, Gail Vaz-Oxlade wrote: "If life is good, say thank you and hang on; bumps ahead. If life sucks, know that it’s all about to change; just hang on."

Most of the time, in my line of work, everything has a feast or famine feel to it. There is either a ton of calls coming in, one after another, or some weeks I'm checking to see if the phone is even working because it hasn't rung in days. Some months, like this one, there is money in such huge amounts in my account while the earlier part of the year, the accounts are almost non-existent. Balance is rare, so I revel in its glory when I achieve it, even if it's only for a few moments.

Saying "NO" to additional work is very difficult to me. It feels wrong. But I cannot spread myself out too thin, because then I am unable to give client families my full attention, which they deserve. When I'm exhausted from so much work, my family suffers, because I'm Zombie Mommy, sitting at the computer, or on the couch, lost in my own thoughts and no energy to be an active participant in their lives.

I'm still learning to balance the money issues we have. Debt repayment is important, but so is living today. I hate feeling so broke in the winter months and early spring. Making sure that money is tucked away for the payments we will have 9 months from now is important to me. I still have leftovers from my old life, where I think, "There will always be money, so you can spend away". Mortgaging my future isn't going to help. I know this know. Putting theory into practice is the hard part.

I read a post yesterday whose title sums is up quite nicely. Saving $$ is not for the lazy.

Hope you all have a great Friday everyone.


  1. I'm right there with you. I worked a very part-time gig last year earning a very few $$. But it helped our bottom line, so I kept at it. Eventually, the stress of what I had to do for those few dollars became too much so I left it. Financially, I paid a small price, but I gained some peace. Balance is hard, but oh, so important.


  2. Great post!! Life is about living, and if all you're doing s working, you're missing a lot of the "good stuff"!!

  3. I agree with you. Balance is very important.

    Trying to find the joy and relaxation in little spots and still keeping the finances rolling along is always a work in progress.

  4. I feel the same pull between saving and living more...I'm trying to find balance every day, but it is a struggle.

    Glad I can finally comment again! I've missed some great posts...:)!

  5. Yes, I've read over and over again how hard saving is. I think it kind of goes against our nature. And it seems to take so long to get any significant amount saved up and only seconds to spend it all. Yet, we must keep on trying:)