When I was a teenager a $100 could last me an eternity (or so I thought). That was big money to be spent wisely and managed with care. Saving for concert tickets and going out to eat with my friends was high priority.
As the years tick past expenses compound, building, quietly, into a tsunami size wave that threatens your existence. Rent, utilities, bills! These words become reality and fun things like shopping and concert tickets get put on the back burner.
Don’t worry, Drew and I are not drowning, though at moments the fear of having such a wave capsize onto our lives makes us reconsider going out to sea. Alas, we find ourselves away from the safety of shore, wondering who or what will throw us a line to keep us anchored through the storms that may come our way in the next few months.
At this point, Drew and I are both fully freelance. I have no doubt that we will make it, but the not knowing always makes one weak at the knees. Given the uncertainty there is a lot to consider and although Los Angeles is wonderful, magical even, it is also hella expensive! How people work minimum wage jobs for their CAREER and survive is beyond me. I suppose a lot of them are simply in debt, living beyond their means. But I ask you, what about the rest of us? Those who want to live and have experiences outside of their financial confines without over extending their purse strings?
I think this applies to anyone, living anywhere, not just LA or New York (or other copiously expensive cities). I’m not about to make you go to Financial Peace University, not that there is anything wrong with it, but I will say, perhaps not spending more than you have is a good idea, and having a budget couldn’t hurt.
Money certainly shouldn’t rule our lives, so the question becomes: How does one exist, in the fashion they deem desirable, without going massively into debt or killing themselves working 17 jobs?
I think it is possible to live well and be happy without being flush with cash, I just need to remind myself of that constantly. Given the looming creative detriment (the creative personality trait of always thinking every job is your last job) I have decided to come up with ways to live, enjoy life on a shoe string. I will be reporting back to all of you glorious babes and encouraging you through the process (mutual encouragement couldn’t hurt… just saying).
If you have ideas to share, questions you want answered, let me know. Exploration is about to begin, so sit back and enjoy the ride.