Sunday, 11 October 2015

Poor but happy!

So I can't go on not earning money... I'm not entitled to benefits, despite paying into the system for 25 years, and this is the first time since I have been 17 that I have been unemployed, but I need to do something.

Today I met friends/former colleagues for lunch. All three have new jobs. One is now doing tax returns all day every day, and has a huge commute each day; the other two work closer to home and seem incredibly stressed out doing a similar role to what they used to do when they worked with me. I was cheerful, happy and upbeat... and poor. They were all earning, and seemed very stressed and tired. Do I really want to be part of this again? I was told that there was a job going doing tax returns and my name could be put forward... but really... can I really go back to all that? For the first time in, I don't know, years and years, I actually feel content. I'm poor, and need to really look at how I spend my money, but I'm content. Yes I know I've been on holiday, but my week in Prague, flights, accommodation food, spending etc cost me £700. Previously the hotel alone cost £1000!

I know I'm not going to make a million with my artwork, but at least I might make a few quid. I keep thinking that I did a journalism and English degree for a reason. I do like researching and writing articles, to be honest I rather like the research bit more than the writing at times! I'm really going to have to think very hard about this; suddenly I feel like Winnie the Pooh, tapping my head shouting think! think!!!!

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