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First Week of Work -- and School!

Wow! What a week. Starting my new job on Monday, then starting class on Thursday has definitely changed my perception of time, but I’m really, really grateful for all that’s going on.

Although I thought January would be the month when I’m finally stable financially, it looks like it’ll actually be February because I won’t receive financial aide or my first paycheck until Jan 25th. With income having declined in November and December, the next few weeks will be tight.

At the same time, it’s exciting to be talking with Derek about putting together a working budget, calling on apartments to get a feel for how much I need to save for moving expenses, and even making sense out of the various options I have for benefits -- what’s going to make sense now, what the tax implications are later, and how best to get the most out of my benefits while still ensuring the highest possible take-home pay.

Derek has been instrumental in all of these conversations, and it’s been such a huge relief -- as well as a learning curve. For the first time in a very long time, I’m beginning to have some confidence and faith in myself and my ability to handle my finances. It feels really good!