Remember when you used to answer unknown calls because it could be a job calling you back for an interview?
Remember when you would avoid unknown calls because it could be a bill collector?
I haven’t been getting either call lately. That feels good. I have a job and I’m back on track with my bills. When I get my paycheck, I pay my bills immediately. This means I’m usually “broke by 1 p.m.” but everyone is paid.
It’s funny; I’ve been behind on bills for so long that until recently, I didn’t realize that I could pay all of my bills on time from my paychecks alone. Now that I’m current, I can start using my consulting money to get some furniture, start an emergency fund, and travel every once in a while. I could pay more on my car loan or student loan. My extra money is actual extra. I feel quite accomplished that I’ve gotten this far. It didn’t seem possible even four or five months ago.
I know I still have a long way to go on the road to financial independence, but I love the progress I’ve made and I wanted to celebrate it.