I have been at something of a loss the last several months. I keep going back and forth about whether I want to keep going with my law practice. I’m basically breaking even for the year at this point (yay!), but I need to start folding up in the next couple of months if I’m going to take a real maternity leave. I HATE dealing with awful clients, it causes me all kinds of stress, and I HATE networking, but I do really enjoy the days that I really feel like I’ve been able to help someone. I haven’t really figured out what I want to do, other than I know that I want to keep working in some capacity after the kid’s here but I’m feeling very lost in the meantime.
The antidote to that is to find other things to occupy my time. I’ve stopped trying to bring in clients, so that frees up a lot of time to do literally anything else. I enjoy writing and feel like if I practice at it, I could become a relatively decent writer. In an attempt to achieve that, I have decided to put my time and effort over the next several months into becoming a better writer. I have therefore committed to writing one blog post a week for this blog, one for my legal website, and working on a trashy romance novel that I started a few months ago for kicks. The idea is that I’ll figure out if I’m the kind of person who can sit down and commit to churning words out or not. If I am not, then the life of a writer is not for me. Which means I’ll have to find the next thing to try out, or start applying to law firms because that’s what I know how to do.
For this blog, I’m thinking of providing a few different types of content:
- Current updates on student loan debt in the US generally
- Opinion pieces on student loan debt policies
- General reporting on the effects of student loan debt on people in the US, with a particular focus on millenials
- Problems we’re having with budgeting and paying down the debts. I assume, based on past experience, that we will run into problems putting as much towards our debt as we would like
- Saving and investment strategies that we are working on
- More updates on where we are with the debt payoff, and maybe even pretty pictures forecasting future payoff dates (currently “never” but that could change)
- Ways that we have found to shave money off our budget
- Impacts of “green living” on our budget.
That last line item is one that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. We’ve been trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste we use in the house, and there’s a lot that goes into that, including deciding whether we’re going to spend more money on certain things, and how much. So far we’ve done trash can liners, food storage, some cleaning supplies, and soap for the shower. Each of those can be its own discussion, if people are interested.
If there are any questions any readers have had as you’re going through the budgeting posts, let me know in the comments! Maybe there’s something that people are curious about that I’m not addressing. In the meantime, I have plans for the next few posts to come out and will be working towards keeping a routine of posting every Wednesday. Hopefully, we can start a discussion here!