Since the government announced we’ve gone back into recession in the UK, I’ve now reached the point where I really couldn’t care less. It seems that no matter how hard I work we’re still going to be hard up so it’s time to stop worrying about it and start embracing everything we’ve got.
Like most working families, the last few months have been pretty tough for us – even before George Osborne announced his crippling budget earlier this April. My partner had an accident at work in October, crushing and dislocating his right hand. He’s still waiting for scans and despite the fact he’s in pain every day, he’s had no treatment at all for over 6 months. It’s forced him to close his recycling business as he can no longer drive his truck, do any lifting or any other work for that matter. I mean, can you think of ANY job where you don’t have to use your right hand? If you can let me know, we’d love to find out!
I’ll admit that I kind of panicked. Money was already tight and we’d now lost quite a bit of our income so I started writing for another client to try and boost the money we had coming in. For a couple of months I was working every hour I could for an extra £20 – £40 a week. Every little helps, right?
Well yes… and no. All my other projects (including this blog) started to fall by the wayside and oh my gosh I was so stressed out! It started to occur to me that producing high quality work for less than the minimum wage was not helping me, my family or the economy in the slightest. In fact, I finally realised that if we all start working for less than we are worth the implications are phenomenal. It drives the value of our work down and creates a never ending spiral of giving more and receiving less in return for all that hard graft.
I was snappy and irritable and even started to experience anxiety attacks whenever I left the house – it was getting absolutely ridiculous and I knew it had to stop. I have so many good things going on in my life. My business was starting to blossom and I didn’t have the time or energy to invest in it, not to mention the fact that home educating the girls was meant to be a joy rather than a worry. So I stopped. I took a deep breath and I started to look at everything we still had.
My partner was home full time for the first time in a decade and we could finally start spending time together as a family. I LOVE having a house husband – he’s a bloody amazing cook, fantastic company and the girls are just over the moon at having him around. I’ve been freelancing with a reputable SEO company for the last 18 months and I’d rather increase my workload with them than get ripped off by some new kid on the block. We’ve got some amazing opportunities open to us now, and I fully intend to take advantage of everything on offer.
At the end of the day there will always be someone who is prepared to do the same work for less money and that’s fine with me. I have finally started to appreciate my own worth. As a mum, as a business women and as a lover of life with all of its ups and downs. It doesn’t matter how hard I work, we’re still going to be skint, but that’s the reality of life for millions of families in Britain today. Money isn’t real, it’s just numbers on a screen or on your bank statement. There are never enough of them, but somehow we survive. Living life to the full is what really counts and that’s what I intend to do. Sod the recession – let’s play!