While everyone else was having a crummy year, my 2016 was better than any year before. It was the first year in a very long time that I paid all of my bills on time and in full. It was the first year I didn’t have to take off for being sick or too stressed out to think about work. It was the first year I actually contributed to a 401K and had additional money in a savings account. I didn’t have to choose between which bill I was going to pay and which was going to have to wait ‘til next month. I went to the doctor without worrying if I was going to be able to afford it or if I would have to forgo my medications for the month, because I was able to pay for all of it. I was able to start a couple side hustles with some extra money. (How many times have you ever heard that? Extra money? What’s that?)
I was able.
I have thoroughly impressed myself this year. I never thought I would be able to dig myself out of the never ending rut I was in. Even though I didn’t save up quite what I hoped, I still saved. Even though I didn’t earn what I’m worth, I still kept a job.
Some weeks were better than others, but I knew I could survive. I knew I could make it to my next paycheck and still be able to eat for the week. I was able to do more than just survive this year – I thrived.
All I did was work my ass off and finally it paid off. I lived below my means and still made it. I can’t believe it!
2016 has been the best year, financially, ever! Now, if I could make 2017 the year of love, that’d be great…