Net Worth Week 96 – Single Edition

Gentle Readers,
My gig ended Monday and I have not yet found a replacement for the time before the good government gig begins. Thankfully, I have business work to attend to and have been able to accomplish some things in my own office during the interim. It’s officially been 6 weeks since the government began processing my paperwork for the good gig. The person who would be my supervisor told me it would likely take 6-8 weeks. I’m hoping I hear soon.  Then I can relax and stop applying for gigs.
My business’ reputation continues to grow, which is very satisfying. Slow and steady.
I dog-sit again this weekend, but in a much more convenient location. I prefer the shorter dog-sitting stays because I don’t have to worry about having enough professional clothes with me.
The combination of barely earning money this week and the stock market correction definitely impacted my numbers. The ride just got noticeably more bumpy.
There’s been progress on the estate. I’ve been told that the death certificate is now signed, but I have not received the copies I’ve paid for yet. So I can still do nothing.
I got my next Invisalign trays. 14 more this round. I guess I can be financially grateful that I will have the next 3 months to pay down what I’ve spent on invisalign before having to shell out for whatever night-guard retainer we decide is best for my TMJ going forward.  Sadly, we couldn’t do the semi-annual appointment and I’ll need to go back in for the cleaning, but I’m going to wait to see what gig I get next, because that will impact my ability to get to the dentist.
 My relationship officially ended last weekend. True to my plan for myself, I am going to as many LGBT events as I can. Surrounding myself in community and making more friends. I had my last soccer game of this season. I’m planning on switching to the team I subbed for. They were a more natural fit for me.

This week’s net worth numbers

2/2/2018 2/9/2018
 Joy 1113 1113
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
Moving 287  287
 EF 57  57
Business 5  5
Life 2040  2140
IRA 17036  15841
Brokerage 884  812
Rewards Card 2 -5040  -5727
CC (largest)  0  0
CC (longest) 0  0
Rewards Card -5000 (BT)  -5000 (BT)
SL 1 -106179  -105857
SL 2 -46799  -46653
Earnest -1384  -920
 Net Worth -142939  -143861
Percentage Change -.63%  -.65%

What do you do to handle a breakup?

Net Worth Week 90 – End of the Year Edition

Gentle Readers,
I completed the first things my new client needs while also working enough overtime to get the first-level bonus. I’m a reasonable woman and did not attempt the second-level bonus because I need to sleep and feel human every day. I also gave my business another small loan. Please let it be the last.
The interview for the other government gig went really well, and I absolutely want the woman who interviewed me to be my supervisor. This will take some time because the clearance I have is not accepted by her agency.  She estimated it would take 6-8 weeks for them to process it. I emailed the forms on Thursday, so mid-February at the earliest.
In the meantime, it appears the high OT gig I’m on will continue. I confirmed with my brother who says that the plane tickets were $600. After a few weeks in this gig to replenish my accounts, I’ll get that money to him.
I received my “last” sets of trays for Invisalign. My regular dentist was on vacation, so I won’t know if she thinks I need a “correction” after these are done. I do know that I will need to shell out nearly $1000 for a new retainer/nightguard once this process is complete. My mouth and jaw have changed a ton, and I need to keep all the work in place. It has not stopped being strange to see my changed smile. I do look forward to being able to snack or eat without immediately flossing and brushing. My vanity and debt have stopped me from taking new passport photos. I’m hoping that I don’t need a correction and can take the photos/apply for a passport in the next 2 months. I need to fly overseas to meet my new family member.
Still no life insurance paperwork, if it does not arrive by the time I’m done dog-sitting, I’ll have to make some phone calls.
Christmas Eve with my favorite family definitely warmed my heart. Christmas dinner ended up just being my friend and her girlfriend because her niece was sick. Still delightful. Watching their love and comfort together deepen is heart-warming.

This week’s net worth numbers

12/22/2017 12/29/2017
 Joy 1111 1111
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Moving 286 286
 EF 57 57
 Business 5 5
Life 1872 1633
IRA 16077  16384
 Brokerage  861  858
 Rewards Card 2 -4269  -4200
 CC (largest  0  0
 CC (longest 0  0
 Rewards Card -5600 (BT)  -5600 (BT)
 SL 1 -105923  -106039
SL 2 -46683 -46736
Earnest -1831 -1835
 Repay brother  -600? -600
 Net Worth -144596 -144635
 Percentage Change -.77% -.03%

Are you doing anything to celebrate the New Year?

Net Worth Week 89 – A LOT of Work Edition

Gentle Readers,
These past few weeks have been a challenge. Now I’m on to a new type of challenge. I started a high overtime gig and was finally hired by a client for my business. That client, naturally has an immediate emergency order for me to fulfill. This is the first client emergency I’ve had to handle. I learned a lot in the process. Hopefully that will make me a better businesswoman. I also reached out to my mentors for feedback and direction. Vital. It’s very possible that this client may have continuing work for me, if they like me.
But I am earning money again, while waiting for the good government gig to start. It also has overtime, but does not market itself as 40 hours of OT a week for four months. So I am grateful. The vicissitudes of gig-life mean that I have another interview for this gig, but with a different section of the government. This agency is trying to secure me work that would not be impacted by any government shut down.
I still have not received the paperwork I’m expecting for my dad’s estate. I know it’s the holidays, but they told me 3-4 weeks. I’d like to fill it out and get my siblings their life insurance payment. I know that the estate part will still take some time, but it appears that his debts and assets matched up fairly closely. That is less urgent. I also would like the life insurance for me. I have plans for debt reduction and asset purchasing. It would also just feel different to have all of that money in my bank account for a little bit. With the financial uncertainty of this year, it will be nice to get the unexpected influx.
Soccer is on hold for two weeks due to the holidays and I’m trying to stay fit enough with some simple body-weight exercises at home. I have a hard time sticking to this with everything going on. But some planks and stretching do a lot.
I was able to do a few small holiday things, which was nice. I really do like greenery and festive people. I’m so grateful that my friend invited me to her home for Christmas. It’s her first time hosting and I love her and her sister and her sister’s kids.  It’ll correspond with the start of my dog-sitting, but hopefully that just means it will be easier to get out to her.
Yes, I will have a Rover client, a fast-turn around client and a new high overtime gig all at the same time. November and December should have balanced themselves better. But, I am finding that I’ve got the energy to do this all. It is weird, but the energy is there.

This week’s net worth numbers

12/15/2017 12/22/2017
 Joy 1111 1111
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Moving 286 286
 EF 57 57
 Business 5 5
Life 1481 1872
IRA 16064  16077
 Brokerage  863  861
 Rewards Card 2 -2947  -4269
 CC (largest  0  0
 CC (longest 0  0
 Rewards Card -5613 (BT)  -5600 (BT)
 SL 1 -105791  -105923
SL 2 -46623 -46683
Earnest -1827 -1831
 Repay brother  -600? -600?
 Net Worth -143493 -144596
 Percentage Change -.22% -.77%

Are you staying in your own place for the holidays or traveling this year?

Net Worth Week 87 – Desiring Work Edition

Gentle Readers,
Another week without work. The second interview went very well. All of the individuals I met with were impressed by me. But the federal government moves slowly. There was a 2 week continuing resolution passed yesterday, which means that the federal government at least won’t shut down in the next two weeks. Hopefully that means I’ll be employed soon.
Thankfully, my office got a lot minute request for a meeting that I could charge for. It was a small amount, but it will help.
I finally got paid through Rover. Rover’s processes are very slow.  I met with the two potential long-sits for later in the month. One hired me and the other decided that they needed a sitter who could also do the afternoon walk.
I signed up for and played in my first soccer game in over 3 years. I haven’t had time since I began my business. There were some SNAFUs, but I got to run around and be a member of a team. It was great.

This week’s net worth numbers

12/1/2017 12/8/2017
 Joy 1111 1111
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Moving 286 286
 EF 57 57
 Business 5 5
Life 2454 1903
IRA 16098  16027
 Brokerage  858  867
 Rewards Card 2 -1966  -2702
 CC (largest  0  0
 CC (longest 0  0
 Rewards Card -5613 (BT)  -5613 (BT)
 SL 1 -106014  -105692
SL 2 -46724 -46577
Earnest -2284 -2289
 Repay brother  -600? -600?
 Net Worth -142291 -143176
 Percentage Change -.31% -.62%

Do you think the federal government will shut down?

Net Worth Week 82 – Things Get Worse Edition

Gentle Readers,
If you follow me on twitter, you’ll already know that instead of staying with me for a week, the unresolved issues in our relationship jumped out and demanded attention, which included my girlfriend staying with other friends. The short version is that she needs space right now and I am giving it. It is incredibly difficult to wonder if she’ll come back in a few (many) months and want to release the pause button.  But I know that regardless of the outcome, the way she needs love from me right now is from a distance. That means very limited direct communication. She can’t have space to focus on herself if I am filling it up with cute memes or with my woes and joys.
Any time I hurt in major ways, I allow myself to feel the fullness of what I’m feeling, but I also make sure that my friends know what is happening. They can check on me and contribute to my well-being. My friends are doing a great job of loving me.
Even so, I’ll be raw for awhile, but that is just something you experience sometimes. I am using the time to focus on being the best version of myself. I am studying hard. I am loving my friends well. I am doing many more things to develop my business.  I am crying and sleeping and remembering to eat.
I’m already a different person from when she saw me last. Quite literally, as I’m now on a new tray of invisalign. I’m sure that there will be other, less tangible changes as well between now and the next time we see one another. Time does that to people. I know what I hope for and I know that I may never get it. I’ll exist in an interstitial emotional space for a bit.
I’m looking into Talk Space, in part, so that my current string of woes does not overwhelm my friends. The weekly fee for access to the subscription is cheaper than a therapist through my insurance. I don’t think I would do the highest tier, which is the only one that includes one 30-minute Live-Session a month. Can a therapist messaging you once or twice a day make enough of a difference to be worthwhile? I’m not aware of having a mental health issue. I’m just going through a lot and a space for talking is good…
How this impacts me financially. So far, I’ve had to use will-power to prevent myself from buying very expensive beautiful shoes I cannot afford right now. Part of no communication includes me not sending her presents or planning any trips. I’ll be spending thanksgiving at my friends house in DC, which is cheaper than flying to Texas. I’m trying to spend time with friends while spending little money, and that is helped by invisalign. Eating is difficult and most menus have food that is just too tough for me right now. I also think that I’ll be talking more walks along The Mall in the near future. Due to growing my business and having a gig,I spend more time alone than this extrovert likes, and at a time when I am sad and stressed that is definitely not a good thing.
In other tales, more things got worse for my family, too.
My favorite brother who lives overseas and whose wife is in a high-risk pregnancy just told us that he has the precursors of the cancer that is killing dad. Hopefully catching things so early means that appropriate treatment will save his life. That is highly likely. Thankfully, he lives in a country where medical care won’t bankrupt him. He can access it. Being afraid for dad made him go get tested for something that has been bothering him for a year. Our dad’s illness may have saved his life.
This type of cancer mainly impacts men, but just in case environmental factors played a part, my girlfriend asked me to get my physical and update my medical record with the new cancer prevalence in the family. So I’ve made that appointment. She also wants me to do a cancer screening, and I’ll ask my doctor if that is something we should do.  I also checked out the insurance available on the exchange for next year. My premiums are going up by a lot more than any other year since the ACA started, but insurance is important. I clearly need to study to earn more so that I can cover the expensive next few months.
My dad was not actually able to begin chemotherapy because he has not been able to eat or drink enough to have the appropriate ‘levels.’  This sounds ominous to me. I did ask a nurse I know for her thoughts. To her, it sounds normal and not ominous. I’m not convinced.
We are anxiously awaiting the next baby. It’s been a very high risk pregnancy and I have a lot of stress about her safety. Baby should arrive in the very near future.

This week’s net worth numbers

10/27/2017 11/3/2017
 Joy 1109 1110
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 286 286
 EF 11 11
Business 5 5
Life 3424  3159
 IRA  15469  15851
 Brokerage 872  864
 Rewards Card 2  -1115  -630
 CC (largest) 0  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -6168 (BT)  -5979 (BT)
SL 1 -105874 -105989
SL 2 -46660 -46713
 Earnest -2725 -2730
 Net Worth -141279 -140668
 Percentage Change -.67% .43%

When many things fall apart at once, what is your self-care? Have you ever used a therapist or Talk Space?

Net Worth Week 81 – My Love is Here Edition

Gentle Readers,
My love is able to work from my home for a few days! Seeing her for more than a 24 hour stint is luxurious. I’m so grateful for her closeness. The badness in the world makes me want to be near her, but it has not been financially, or otherwise, possible.  We weren’t sure this visit would actually happen. So I have some business meetings to attend while she is here, but I am hoping to handle them with a laser-focus efficiency.
MY LOVE IS HERE!
And, back to other bits of my reality.
Still no will yet.  I’ve not yet received my copy of his living will.
Favorite uncle is still in the hospital.
We are done to one pregnant person, because there is a new baby!
I did a ton for my business this week. There is one person in particular I’d love to hire me because I just really clicked well with her.
I’m still studying like a machine! For now, I am ahead in my 3 month plan, but we know that the best laid plans can fail. I’m just going to keep plowing through until there is an obstacle outside of my control.

This week’s net worth numbers

10/20/2017 10/27/2017
 Joy 1109 1109
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 286 286
 EF 11 11
Business 5 5
Life 3001  3424
 IRA  15549  15469
 Brokerage 863  872
 Rewards Card 2  0  -1115
 CC (largest) 0  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -6168 (BT)  -6168 (BT)
SL 1 -105759 -105874
SL 2 -46608 -46660
 Earnest -2719 -2725
 Net Worth -140343 -141279
 Percentage Change .25% -.67%

I guess if my father does not draft a will, then the state he lives in will control everything and I do less; anyone gone through this?

Net Worth Week 80 – Do What You Can Edition

Gentle Readers,
We’ve upgraded to a living will, but no will yet. He said he’d mail me a copy since I will be the one to make final decisions on his behalf. I wish he would draft a will. He’s told me generally what he wants, but that conversation has no legal ramifications.
My favorite uncle is on day 5 at the hospital now, as well. The pregnant people remain pregnant thankfully.
I did some good business things this week. I attended a professional luncheon and met others doing similar work. Multiple people also told me that they are sending people to my business soon. I hope at least one pans out. One client at a time is easiest when you have another job. I don’t know what my capacity for clients is during family emergencies, but I know that my business needs money to survive.
My dentist thinks my invisalign is going well. I told her about the travel situation with my dad and got her advice on how to handle timing. The pain is still around, but much better than before. My teeth are still sensitive enough that I can’t eat hard things and that is impacting me a bit, and I think that this restriction will last throughout treatment.
I’ve been very focused on studying when not worrying about my dad and my business. I have a 3 month plan to get myself over this hurdle and able to take on work in the skill.  These extra expenses right now are stressful and I am trying to focus that stress into learning.

This week’s net worth numbers

10/13/2017 10/20/2017
 Joy 1109 1109
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 286 286
 EF 11 11
Business 5 5
Life 2838  3001
 IRA  15309  15549
 Brokerage 838  863
 Rewards Card 2  0  0
 CC (largest) 0  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -6270 (BT)  -6168 (BT)
SL 1 -105643 -105759
SL 2 -46555 -46608
 Earnest -2713 -2719
 Net Worth -140698 -140343
 Percentage Change .48% .25%

Still I wonder how to convince a dying person to write a will. Any tips?

Net Worth Week 77 – Flexibility Helps Edition

Gentle Readers,
I am off to my sick relative this afternoon. I will miss 3 days of work for this visit, but seeing him before the radiation and chemo wreck havoc on him will be worth it. Thankfully, I just had to pay the cost of taxes since I still had miles available.
It’s been quite a busy week. I put my first invisalign tray in on Tuesday and it was painful. It is stillpainful, but the pain for days two and three are different from day one. I met with my client yesterday to fulfill his last minute request, and earned a little money for my business. I gave my business another loan this week to get me through the next month. Hopefully, that will be the last loan necessary. The downsides to owning a small business include needing to handle things even when your family is in an emergency.
For my relative, I have no idea how he’ll respond to treatment. If he’ll respond. So far, he is in remarkably high spirits. Perhaps my girlfriend was right to believe that my family’s ornery-nature could prove the odds wrong???

This week’s net worth numbers

9/22/2017 9/29/2017
 Joy 1109 1109
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 286 286
 EF 11 11
Business 5 5
Life 4548  3466
 IRA  14213  14542
 Brokerage 837 827
 Rewards Card 2 0
 CC (largest) 0  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -6270 (BT)  -6270 (BT)
SL 1 -105734 -105849
SL 2 -46596 -46649
 Earnest -3160 -3167
 Net Worth -140664 -141602
 Percentage Change .49% -.67%

How many times have your miles saved you money? I think I am at 4 or 5 “free” trips so far this year.

Net Worth Week 74 – Fall is Coming Edition


Gentle Readers,
With more hurricanes impacting the US South and the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico, I’m still supporting Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies. I may add in Doctors Without Borders.
Another week of waiting for my invisalign, and my teeth are unhappy. The nightguard I have has not been appropriate for my mouth’s current configuration for over a year. It’s taking a toll.
Happily, the great press has resulted in one new scheduled client meeting. I don’t yet know if they will hire me, but this is a good first step. I would feel a lot better about my business’ balance sheet if I had one or two new clients. Lastly, my business finally has a Facebook page. Enough people have tried to connect with my personal page that it seemed like a page could be a good idea. No cost and low effort may pay off. I did not have a page previously because my mentor didn’t. I also had followed her advice about websites for our niche, but people who contacted my office wanted one. Responding to your market matters.

This week’s net worth numbers

9/1/2017 9/8/2017
 Joy 1109 1109
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 286 286
 EF 11 11
Business 5 5
Life 3431  3282
 IRA  13495  13555
 Brokerage 825  825
 Rewards Card 2 -3531 -3781
 CC (largest) 0  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card 0  0
SL 1 -105647 -105503
SL 2 -46557 -46491
 Earnest -3606 -3147
 Net Worth -140092 -139762
 Percentage Change .42% .24%

How are you supporting after the latest disasters?

Net Worth Week 69 – Spinning Round Edition

Gentle Readers,
My tutoring sessions continue to improve my skills greatly. Every day I am more excited about the possibilities on the horizon.
Knowing that I will pay out of pocket for Invisalign the same month that my business has many bills due has been stressful. I think I will have to return the money my business “paid” me back to my operating account. Unless a new client comes in ready to hire me very soon. One current client contacted me yesterday for a tiny bit of work that will help enormously, but not cover everything I have going out this month. I should be able to do everything he needs this weekend.
I am grateful that I have this blog, because it taught me how simple a balance transfer is; it also reminds me that the last time I took this step it was because of dental pain, as well. C’est la vie.  My credit score is good and I have no plans in the next six months to take out a loan of any sort. Knowing that I have significantly higher outlays than projected income in the next two months, my plan is to hold off on paying down my credit card so that I have the funds available for my business, if necessary. Once the first big payment is due for my Invisalign, I’ll put it on my credit card and then initiate a balance transfer. That will buy me many months of no interest for the fee of a 2% balance transfer. This is much cheaper than letting it sit on a credit card with an APR over 10%.  It’s not the greatest situation, but I know better how to use the tools available.
Next week may not have a net worth check in because I will be in Texas visiting my love! I cannot lie, I have been dreaming about TexMex.

This week’s net worth numbers

7/28/2017 8/4/2017
 Joy 1107 1108
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 46 46
 Moving 285 285
 EF 11 11
Business 1004 1005
Life 1499  1818
 IRA  13481  13486
 Brokerage 809  836
 Rewards Card 2 -2406 -2489
 CC (largest) -114  0
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card 0  0
SL 1 -105329 -105444
SL 2 -46411 -46464
 Earnest -4033 -4042
 Net Worth -140010 -139803
 Percentage Change -.46% .15%

How often have you felt the phrase “One step forward and two steps back” in your financial life?