Tis’ the Season

Tis’ the season to be jolly… not broke.

If you ever once forgot that you were broke, the holidays will kindly remind you. I’m currently “broke with a bachelor’s and aiming for a master’s”.

So the other day, I was trying to figure out what I was going to get my loved ones for Christmas and let me tell you, I have some really nice expensive heartfelt gifts, because I couldn’t afford to go over $50 per person. That was the budget I put myself on, that way I could still get them something and not feel like a loser, butttt also not spend a lot of money that I don’t have.

I thought this would make for a good story to tell, but it’s actually depressing me a little more. I went through everything in my house, anything that I hadn’t broken the seal or popped the tag I decided to give away as gifts. Things that I had originally purchased for myself are now being gift wrapped for someone else. Why? Because I get paid next to nothing by working in education my expenses (rent, utilities, car note, etc.) are almost the same amount that I get paid monthly. That’s right folks, I only get paid monthly.

Now I can only complain but so much because I signed up for this job knowing the salary, however I did NOT know just how much my cost of living would be. Also didn’t account for “shit happens” to occur to me, more specifically regarding my car and pursuing graduate school. I’m mad because nobody prepared me for a lot of the bs I’ve experienced thus far. And every time I feel like I can put on cruise control, I hit a pothole, or get too close to the car in front of me. #roadrage

I just want to make it. I want to build an empire. Give back to the community. Make a way for my seed, so that they have a legacy. Is that too much to ask for?! Life keeps giving me lemons and I’m steady adding water and sugar to make lemonade (you know they judge you when you do that at restaurants O_o).

With all that being said, I’m still pressing on. It’s not comfortable, it’s not pretty and it’s damn sure not desirable; but you mark my words, I will WIN in 2016.  Be encouraged, budget-wise, and stay off the ledge.

Happy Holidays 🙂

A. Lashae

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