Now that I have a steady source of income, I have to admit that I’m somewhat hesitant to embrace this new phase of things going well for me. Not because I don’t feel I deserve happiness. The fact is, I’m terrified I’m going to make the same financial mistakes I did at the beginning of my journey into poverty.
Speaking of which, I think it’s safe for me to say that I’m no longer in poverty. Instead, I have moved up to join the ranks of low-income families. Which is good news because it means I have a established a steady income of sorts.
In order to not repeat the mistakes of my past, I need to remind myself that I’m just as responsible for getting myself into this mess as I am getting out of it now. Here’s a recap of how I did it;
- Dec 2011 – At the end of an inconsistent year work, my laptops were stolen from my home.
- May 2012 – After several months of falling farther and farther behind on bills and losing my last two clients, I filed for bankruptcy.
- June 2012 – Applied for and started receiving Income Assistance. My parents helped out a lot.
- Aug 2012 – Started a back-to-work program that offered so much more than how to get back to work.
- Oct 2012 – Got a part-time job with a non-profit.
- Jan 2013 – Started the process of applying for PWD (persons with a disability).
- March 2013 – PWD application finally submitted.
- April 2013 – Non-profit I worked for ran out of funding to pay me, but did sign me on for another project.
- May 2013 – Child support increased. Identified health problems.
- June 2013 – Approved for PWD status. Got bus pass.
- July 2013 – Roommate moving in. Taking courses online. Starting new project for non-profit. Rectifying health issues.
Writing down my accomplishments has reminded me how much I’ve learned in the last 18-months. I have acquired new coping skills and have built a network of people who support and love me. I’ve made new friends and have reconnected with old ones. I have gone from getting paid once a week to getting paid once a month and you know what? Yes, I’m (finally) better at managing my money.
The only direction to go now is up.
What has the last 18-month’s looked like for you?