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Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps

If you don’t like something, change it!

Do you ever wake up and realize that you’re stuck in a rut? That you meant to do something years ago, or that your situation was supposed to be temporary, but days turned to weeks, weeks into months and suddenly you realize that five years have gone by and you’re still doing the same thing? I think it happens to all of us, at least once in our lives.

My living arrangement is like that right now. We meant to be caretakers of my grandmother’s house for a year or two while we saved money for our own house, but two layoffs, many pay or hour cuts later, and a few medical emergencies have obliterated any savings we had. In fact, we’ve had to make so many cuts that we are now living paycheck to paycheck like so many other Americans, and I find myself simply longing for the days back when we could just pay a bill as soon as it arrived, rather than calling each collector every month to juggle due dates and make bargains.

But if you don’t like something, it’s up to you to change it, right? Today I tried to change an outrageous “bundle” bill only to be told about fees I’d incur, the slim savings that would only be temporary (and yield even higher bills after twelve months), and generally not-good news. I started shopping around for better deals and found one; I now have them scheduled to come to our house next week, and we’ll be paying one-third of what we were for even more services.Baby steps.

This unfortunately will not save us money today, but it will next month; and by then, maybe my husband will have more hours. Maybe I will, too. Maybe one of my novellas will sell. Maybe we’ll win the lottery! Okay, maybe not, but every step helps, no matter how small.

What tiny step could you take toward changing your life today? It doesn’t have to be something big—just something that really moves you toward where you want to be.

My dreams have suddenly shifted; recently, I’ve been playing with the idea of living in an RV with my family and traveling the country for a year or two like these folks. Why not? We homeschool and I work from home, so we could do it—IF we were, perhaps, debt-free, or if we somehow were able to get a nest egg together to cover the costs. It would probably be as expensive as buying a house. For some reason, though, the idea just won’t go away; it’s come up at least a few times every year, but now it’s even more persistant.

So I’m checking out used RVs on Craigslist.

Baby steps.