Greetings! It's Friday, and I am soooooo glad that this work week is over. To say I have survived it is an understatment.
This week I sat down and did a budget. I am a budgetphobe by nature, so this was no easy task. In the past I shied away from putting the pen to the paper and giving an honest account of my spending because it always revealed on thing: I had too many bills and not enough money. I was also a master of lying to myself about certain catagories. Entertainment? I spend NOTHING!!! Lies. Eating out? I only eat out once a month! Again, lies. Currently, my financial situation has improved so I took another stab at making a budget, and I was pleased. I was honest with myself, I included my happy hours, brunches, and open mic cost and I came out with a nice surplus!!!!!!! At first I was thinking of all I could do with the extra until I remembered that I have been abased and I have been abound.....so I know how to live with very little. As long as my bills are paid and my account is not overdrawn I am happy. So, I am taking that extra and putting in my savings and watching it grow, grow, grow!
In literary news, I have entered a storytelling contest at Busboys and Poets. The prize is $100, but I don't care about that. I just like talking and telling stories. The topic is "Life's Tuition: Most Expensive Lesson." I can spin a wheel and come up with some expensive lessons I have learned. That is the story of my life, lol. I will keep you all posted on what I come up with and how the contest goes.
Tonight I am looking forward to hanging with a new friend I met at a Meetup. We are going to hang out in Silver Spring and it is going to be a blast. I am happy I took the first step and attended the Red Hook (Spike Lee....check it out) meetup. I got a chance to meet a lot of fun people that had the same goals and aspirations as myself. It made me a believer out of "growing your circle."
Have an amazing weekend!!!!!