I’m having difficulty believing it, but things are really finally improving around here. I finally made a huge dent in my debt. I can’t explain how much that means to me. I’ve been trying to get back to a certain level for many years now. Life has felt more like a struggle in recent years than it has felt enjoyable. That’s not to say I haven’t had fun, but it has often felt like I was constantly putting out fires in between the fun. Or endlessly renovating for a decade with little to no time left to spend on recovering and relaxing. My to-do lists have been so large I have had little time to breathe or stop and appreciate the sunshine.
Something I’ve noticed about myself as a writer is that I struggle to write when I’m worried about my finances. And there’s a level of home mess I can ignore, but after a certain point it becomes too distracting to focus on my projects.
My home is steadily getting better too, though it feels like the declutter effort is moving at a glacial pace some days. Still, I continue to chunk away at it. When I started writing this post, I was feeling pretty stuck. Until I ended up rearranging my living room. The flow feels better despite the stuff I still have to deal with in the middle of the floor. I have a decent spot to practice sword work where no light-bulbs are in danger. My desk kind of has a nook now and I can see my television from nearly everywhere. I was also able to remove my old bathroom door from the space it was taking up in my bedroom. I also got rid of a bookshelf and took some smaller things to donation.
So I went from stuck to figuring out what part of the problem was and taking a giant leap forward. A couple more leaps and hopefully I’ll be done for a good long while.
Now I have a giant pile of paper to sort through in my living room. That will be a big improvement once removed, but I’m not excited about it in the slightest. Maybe I’ll feel better about it tomorrow, but I need to do some serious resume work this week. If I do just a little at a time though, it might not be so dreadful…
I attended a Shinto Ryu seminar yesterday where I got to swing about a 9 foot long “spear.” I’m just under 5 feet tall, so it was a fun challenge. It was also a new experience because I’m not used to having to worry about hitting a ceiling. I’m mulling things over from the seminar. Perhaps there will be a related post sometime this week or next. It was nice to see my friends and to get away from the piles of stuff in my living room.
- Horror Script: Waiting for the next phase.
- Horror Short Story: 360/7,000 words
- The Page & The Magician: 71,993/80,000 words*
- Puppy Chow Script: Revision not started**
- The Blood Waitress Club: 24,092/80,000
- The Mockumentary Script: 10/120 minutes
*Right now, I’m averaging about 100 additional words per chapter, which will not make me reach my goal. I’m also reading a book, Scene and Structure, to help me improve in the area of pacing to see if that helps me squeeze out the extra words I need.
**I think this film is too expensive for my first, so I’ll probably have to write several lower budget ones first, but who knows what may happen with the right contacts.
- Bathroom Door: 90%
- Dishes: ?
- Laundry: ?
- Entrance: ?
- Recycling: ?
I bought some garbage bags to help with the declutter effort. Once I get my living room a little more under control, I can deal with the cardboard I need to cut, bind, and take down. I also have some items for donation to take to the car.
- Online: 5/30 hours*
- Class: 12/30 hours
*Yeah, I didn’t find time for this during Easter, so it hasn’t improved. Resume first as I need to apply for jobs and be ready for a job fair on the weekend.
- Job: Researching jobs.*
- Car Loan: 98.2% paid off.
- CC1 Debt: 100% paid off!**
- CC2 Debt: 100% paid off!**
- OSAP Debt: 1.47% paid off.
- Mortgage: 14.81% paid off.
*I have a lead that I’m following up on, but it seems to involve phone tag right now.
**YAY!!! I’m ridiculously happy about this one.
- Iaido: 0/2
- Walking: 0/7
- HIIT: 0/3
I did an entire day of martial arts plus all the decluttering activity, so I feel like I’m doing okay here this week.