All too often I see personal finance blogs talking about the negative side of money but today I wanted to talk to you about the various positive money experiences I have had in the past. I’ve now been working and earning my own money for thirteen years (since the age of 16) and I have held various jobs in this time with varying pay packets and have made various financial decisions in the past too – some which people understand and some which others don’t. Here are my positive money experiences from the last thirteen years..
- Getting my first job – Whilst I wasn’t always happy there once I had been working there for a few years, my first job was perfect when I first started. Earning my own money and not having to rely on the odd bit of babysitting here, pocket money there..it was great..and I loved it!
- Getting my second job – No matter what people say about bar work, this job was probably my favourite job apart from the role I hold now. I got paid for working there but I also got tips, free food from the kitchen, a roof over my head on the late shift, drinks bought for me by the customers and I made plenty of new friends. With the two of these jobs I could pay my expenses with ease and still be able to enjoy myself.
- Leaving my first job – People still don’t understand this but I was unhappy in this role and it meant I could pick up extra hours at the pub. With the two I was often working 7 days a week and sometimes 2 shifts a day – I have no idea how many hours I was working and I was tired and disheartened with the role. I got to leave to go a job I enjoyed much more and still earn pretty much the same amount of money.
- Moving out – Moving out with Steve certainly led me to grow up as it meant I had so much more responsibility. This is something I am grateful for as I have now lived with Steve for over nine years and I have friends who are only just moving out with no clue as to what their own place costs to run. Moving out as young as I did is certainly a positive money experience for me.
- Taken the plunge – After redundancy reared its head as an option for me in 2013 and armed with the knowledge that the only shift patterns available were those that weren’t of any use to me, I finally took the plunge and started freelance writing. I had already been blogging for two years and after a couple of months off, I felt refreshed and ready to start my new role, something I am still doing today and loving.
- Hustling harder – Perhaps my most recent positive money experience and something I am keen to keep going. With me putting in more effort in both my freelance work and blogging and even working on my passive income and side hustles, I have seen my income rise and debts fall. If this year continues like this, it is going to be a good one.
What positive money experiences have you had over the years? Let me know in the comments below.