As as I saw this card, the song lyric “I want money, that’s what I want” scrambled through my brain. And in reality that is how I’m feeling right now. While we are not destitute, we are not flush with cash either. We are able to pay bills but things are extremely tight. If we hadn’t been relatively careful prior to this current financial disaster, we’d be in very bad shape indeed. Of course the question is how to generate this new cash? How can I find ways to manifest this desire I have for income? That’s the tricky part.
For my hubby, it’s a fairly black and white issue. He is a union construction worker and once the industry picks up, he is likely to be back to work. Of course that is complicated by the increasing use of non-union labor on construction jobs as well as other factors. In my case I can probably look for a full-time job in a field similar to the one in which I was previously employed but that’s not really where my heart it anymore. Something about being freed from the chains of a traditional 9-5 type job has made me want to avoid returning to one as much as possible. Granted if something really excited came up I would certainly explore the possibilities but for a variety of reasons, my hubby returning to full-time employment is the preferred option right now.
Of course that doesn’t mean I can’t find other ways to generate some income. I’ve actually found it a little scary when I realized how much less money we need to get by than we previously thought. Although we both made a good salary when we worked, we also spent most of it. I think we felt that we were entitled because we worked so hard at jobs that we didn’t enjoy anymore. I think a lot of folks fall into this trap and it’s why America is such a consumerist society – we try to bury our sorrows beneath the things we buys. However I have been feeling a need to de-clutter my life and I’m starting with some of the things I spent that money on – they just don’t hold the same appeal for me anymore.
What I need to focus my energies on is finding ways that are practical and doable that will enable me to generate income without requiring all my time and energy – especially as I don’t have a whole lot to give right now. I have several ideas but haven’t really spent much time focusing on them. I think now is the time. The longer I wait, the further into this rut I’ll fall and the less likely I’ll be to do anything. So it’s time to get my behind out of the doldrums and hit the ground running. I can let these disks serve as wheels that will help me move in a new, more positive and more lucrative direction.