I’m back to commuting now. I’ve put a limit to how often I can use Grab. Frugal living is the keyword (key phrase?) for 2018. I’ve cut social interaction to almost zero for the past few months and while I miss my friends, I’ve been able to make my payments and make it to the next month without dying.
Taking jeeps, buses, the MRT, and walking have been helping a lot in cutting down my costs.
My living expenses on their own is very manageable, which means it was most of my social obligation that really ate into my finances. I’m sure it had a fantastic effect on managing my stress levels and it kept my imagination engaged, it connected with the world, but I can let go of that for a bit and just concentrate on getting back to stable.
Funnily enough, I went to a meeting for a new project — it’s not big, something short and manageable; it’ll be over by next week — and when the meeting was over, I went to the terrace in another floor of the building to the smoking section before I had to go to another meeting when I bumped into an old friend.
He also worked in that building and we caught up and when he found out that I write AVP scripts on the side, he told me he’d throw work my way.
Just like that, a random moment to myself, and I have a new avenue of income coming through. I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve always been lucky when it comes to work. I never had to look very far or very hard to get something going. Something always come.
I am not the type to win lotteries or raffles. I never did. No matter how many times I’ve joined. Never won. It’s one of the other reasons why I don’t gamble. But I always tend to meet the right people at the right time, reconnect with old friends, get introduced to friends of friends, and an opportunity just manages to present itself to me.
I’m going to be okay. I’m going to get by. Just a bit more discipline. A little more hustle. Deep breaths when I can take it. I’m going to be fine.
I’m going to be just fine.