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String Theory: What’s Next After the Layoff

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String Theory: What’s Next After the Layoff

When I got laid off from my job as a news reporter at KGO Radio over two weeks ago, I started immediately thinking about my expenses. There was no way I could afford a room on a houseboat and membership at a fancy gym on my unemployment wages, which would equal a meager $1800 per month. I’d only have $200 to spare without dipping into my savings.

So, I did what any budget-minded person would do, who’s flexible and willing to get rid of everything and live out of suitcases, without a kitchen, laundry room, shower, internet, you know, all those creature comforts of 21st century life. I put in my  30-days notice on the houseboat with plans to move onto a sailboat, and cancelled my membership at the San Francisco Bay Club.

While this might seem traumatic and dramatic and crazy to some, to me, I felt only freedom. I thanked my lucky stars that I don’t have a mortgage or a car payment or children or debt. I can use my unemployment to sustain me without breaking the bank. I can travel while looking for job opportunities without paying for rent. I can work on my own blog and brand and travel writing, with the dream of one day being a travel writer, an essayist, something that involves creativity and writing and exploration.

I used budget string theory to become free.

Then, I started thinking of ways to make my life interesting and diverse and adventurous. Often, I think people can start to lose themselves, their identity, their drive when they become unemployed, especially from a profession they’ve thrown their entire heart and soul into. I am determined to not let that happen to me.

So, I booked a trip to Southern California (using credit card points), to see my Mom and Grandma for Mother’s Day. This trip will be mostly free.

I booked a three week trip to Southern Thailand for only $740 roundrip, with plans to travel there on $20 per day. This entire trip will equal the same amount or less than my houseboat rent.

I plan to look up gym specials on Groupon or Living Social, so I can try out a variety of gyms and yoga studios and workout classes for far less than the $210 per month Bay Club.

And I plan to look for work, pitch my writing, practice my craft.

Some people think being unemployed is devastating. I think its just the start of an adventure. Because hey, “I’ve got the world on a string.” The next chapter has begun.

 

 

By | 2016-04-18T18:53:34+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Budget Lifestyle, Budget Travel|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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  1. Carrie April 19, 2016 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Fantastic theory of “world on a string.” I think you’ve found something special and magical in your future plans and frugal ideology. When I was unemployed for 8months it cost me close to $30,000.00 in saving to keep up with rent and 21st century conveniences. My friend was unemployed for nearly 2years and it cost him about $100,000 of savings and freelance to keep up with appearances. He and I both were stuck to our sofas most of the time bing watching Netflix series getting more and more depressed.
    Your freedom and flexibility to travel will make for an exciting new chapter where as for others it’s filled with anxiety depression.

  2. Lizzy April 20, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

    This sounds amazing and empowering and freeing! I am so excited to read about your adventures 🙂 xoxox

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