Monday, November 2, 2015

Embracing The Financial Burden of Getting Older

As the day came closer I started making preparations. Doctors appointments happened and new charges were added to my credit card. There were things that needed to be done, but there was an even bigger need going on deep inside of me. That need was to feel extra special as a new birthday approached.

However, there was a lesson attached in trying to make turning a year older special. I'm 29, almost 30, and the money spent to really make it enjoyable came out of my own pockets. I went to a concert, purchased new needed items for my place, did doctors and dentists appointments, and watched my credit card balance rise more.

There are more items that I need, but they will wait. 29 is officially the year where I have to embrace the financial issues that come with being an adult. I really had most of it under control until I found out earlier this year that we don't get the same amount in tax returns every single year. My return in the previous years were always nice enough amounts to where I could pay credit card back down to $0, but not this time.

At 29 I'm going to try my best to not complain about financial responsibilities. I'm trying to embrace it. I'm trying to embrace high credit card balances, bills that won't stay the same amount monthly, and events that cost a lot of money but my heart won't let me miss. I'm going to embrace that fact that no one is funding my expensive habits and embrace when I have to cut back on some of the more fun stuff I like to do.

Even more importantly, I'm going to hold onto that childish joy that still lives inside of me.

I'm working on an upcoming book titled "Woman Manifested." It's very creative and personal at the same time. As Erykah Badu once said, "I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit," so please support it when it is released.

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