When I originally designed a plan to pay off our debt I had a steady paycheck. Unfortunately in life things happen to derail our plans and like many during this pandemic I lost my full time job.
If you know me personally then you know that I am resilient and weren’t surprised when I jumped right into making my own money during the lockdown. I took on 4 part-time jobs. Yes four! I started offering home delivery again through my baking business and it quickly grew to over 30 orders a week. I also started selling even harder in my Etsy shop and those sales have continued to skyrocket. I went back to the grocery store I have worked at for years and picked up two closing night shifts and I was hired at my local Town Office for about 15 hours a week.
I have been happy doing what I needed to do to stay afloat but after my husband’s heart attack things became clear to me that I needed to find full time employment. Working crazy hours takes a toll on your mental and physical health and not only was I working 4 part-time jobs but my husband was working two full time jobs! Enough was enough. Time for a change.
I have accepted a full time position and I am very happy and relieved to just work 9 to 5 again. Of course I will still have my Etsy shop and although I am stopping home delivery weekly I still have plenty of side bakery orders to satisfy that creative side in me. The store will always be there if I need it but for now I am turning in my key.
Although times are changing and people say men can start taking on more of a role of homemaker it still isn’t the same as having mom and wife home and taking care of things. Being gone at night working or attending a meeting has really screwed up our eating schedule.
So in the coming weeks I plan on getting a plan back together for getting our debt paid off even more. We have done a great job in not taking on any more major debt and our biggest most expensive debt is down to just over $5000 from a whopping $40,000. The end is in sight for that one!
Thankfully with the stimulus payments we were able to pay my husband’s medical bills in full without having to do a payment plan with the hospital. Yippee!
Major life illnesses, although very scary, really make you think about what is important and where your priorities lie. It’s time we enjoy ourselves a bit right? – MM