Nope people, the numbers ain’t foolin’ me today.
So! Damage is an INCREASE in debt by $1179.92. Plus, an increase on our business credit card from ZERO to $1,328.23. That makes an OVERALL total increase in debt a whopping $2508.15.
I could make excuses, tell you guys what happened and go into intricate detail on why this increase occurred (we had TWO family emergencies, car troubles, a HUGE order of wood that was wrong – but since it was special ordered can’t be returned…plus more.) But I won’t – because it doesn’t matter. Those things were beyond our control and dwelling on those will create unnecessary depression and feelings of second-guessing my motivation to succeed. March definitely was not very nice to us. Even sadder thing, we did pretty great at sticking to budget before all hell broke loose! Plus – before the wrong shipment, we were on track to at least open our Etsy store TODAY. Now, it would look like a joke.
But I’ve decided to use April as a motivational tool instead. Life happens. Just when you think you’re on the right track, BAM! Emergencies happen. Life happens. Sometimes that river you’re paddling down turns into a monster with rapids that overturn you.
Listen – that’s how IMPORTANT it is to know your debts, create a budget, and stay on track. Start creating a small emergency fund. If we hadn’t – that increase would have been A LOT more. This setback has motivated me more than ever to sell things, side hustle, stay up that extra hour to work on our business, hoard every penny, and reduce debt even further. I want the next setback we have to barely effect us financially. I want that freedom – I can taste it.
It’s supposed to be 65 degrees here in Grand Rapids today. The sun is shining and my dog woke me up with kisses. We should open our little store in about two weeks, and we have some side work lined up. Things should fall back into place.
Side note: A blogger Adam, (check his site out here) has been more than encouraging through this process with me. I just wanted to give a shout-out to the nicest stranger I’ve spoken to in a long time. The world needs more of you man!