Close

I did what I was told would become successful: a nice home, a decent paying job,  and financial freedom. But why am I struggling? After years of working hard, I don’t understand why I am going week to week trying to survive each one. After all my bills are paid, I only have funds for gas for my car and food. And I’m not even fully sure if I’ll have enough food for all 7 days with 3 square meals a day. Society spoon-fed me the belief that if I work hard, I won’t have any problems in life. I could have sworn I did the “right” thing to be successful.

  1. I believed in the American Dream.
  2. I went to school and tried hard
  3. Then I took out a ton of loans so then I could go to college. But I didn’t stop there!
  4. I got 2 degrees and even more loans.
  5. Then I got a full-time job.
Freret Street Market
So you’re telling me after 18 years of going to school, I don’t get what I was guaranteed: my basic needs met without stress. I’m literally only asking for a life in which I don’t have have a panic attack every time I see how much I have left after I pay my bills. By taking out loans, it is nearly impossible for me to currently save anything substantial while paying all ALL my bills. According to Cash Cow Couple, I am in the first stage of financial freedom. I’m convinced that Student Loans orgs wish for my demise as I continue to lower my monthly payment and lengthen my payment schedule with them so I can forever be in their debt.
Yoga on Tap at the Gardens
I realize that I have an advantage due to the steps I took in life, but I’m not comparing my life to others. I want to be very clear. I’m not saying I have the worse life possible nor am I ungrateful for what I have. I’m only talking about the life I have due to the choices I made. And the life I chose has given me a 6 figure student loan debt that consumes an entire paycheck every month. I’m blessed to have a car that runs but I’m just barely able to put gas into it to get to work. I have a roof over my head that is without holes but the building is full of roaches, fleas, mice and the heating isn’t allowed to be turned on until the outside temperature hits below 50 F. (As a side note, I continually clean and sanitize my apartment to discourage pests. My apartment is cleaned thoroughly.) Finally, I work to educate a bunch of kids just to pay my bills completely.
Pelicans Game via Jrue’s Krewe
What was the point of all of it the hard work if I was going to get a less than mediocre lifestyle? I guess I’m disappointed because I thought I’d start out my independent life starting off financially stable with a bit of $$ for emergencies or savings, not trying to scrape together a few bucks for a bottle at a vending machine to treat myself.

What that being said, I’m thinking about posting activities and places I go to for free or super inexpensive. Even though I’m constantly stressed out about my financial position, I still gotta live my life and have fun…but on an extreme budget.

Thoughts?

82 thoughts on “Why Am I Struggling?

  1. Amennnnnnn! I try to stay positive and be grateful for everything that I have, but most of the time, all you can think about is the struggle and stress that the lack of money causes. Especially when you work so hard every day, and want just one day/week/month thay you can feel just CONTENT – not stressing! I feel you 100%

  2. Totally feel you! I am in the same boat. Masters degree by 24 and scraping to have a lil fun or put something back in savings after bills are paid STILL at 34. just got my first real job somewhat related to my degree four years ago so you can only imagine the struggle I’ve been having financiallyl!! I’m waiting, hoping, praying for the day I can save a lil and live a lil! Hang in there.

    1. I think I would have lost all hope if I had to deal with the additional stress of not getting a job in my field. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. You got this too!

  3. Beautiful, I completely understand the feeling. It like being stuck in the twilight zone. At an early age we’re fed this belief that we can change our circumstances through hard work and education (especially children from low income backgrounds) but the only way to pursue higher education is to take out loans to combat the ever rising cost of something that’s priced as a luxury. Being 17 or 18 to early 20s having to make the kinda decision that financially cripples you later in life should be criminal. I constantly have to choose between life enjoyment and responsibilities like basic needs and student debt. 9/10 taking care of my financial obligations leaves me with little to nothing. Working just to exist in this world. Even considering getting a third job. I wrote all this to say you’re not alone. There’s so many of us that have been fed the path to the American Dream only to find it hard to digest later in life.

  4. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital
    to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  5. Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic.
    I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care
    for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read much more from you.

    This is actually a terrific web site.

  6. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely useful information specifically the last part
    🙂 I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time.

    Thank you and good luck.

  7. Pretty portion of content. I just stumbled upon your
    website and in accession capital to say that I get in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts.

    Anyway I will be subscribing for your feeds or even I
    achievement you get admission to persistently rapidly.

  8. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Safari.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to
    let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Many
    thanks

  9. you are actually a excellent webmaster. The website loading pace
    is amazing. It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have performed
    a fantastic task in this matter!

  10. obviously like your website but you have to take a
    look at the spelling on several of your posts.

    Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to inform
    the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come again again.

  11. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why
    throw away your intelligence on just posting
    videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  12. Descargar facebook
    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right
    here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you
    wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come
    further formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.
    Descargar facebook

  13. You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to
    mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  14. The line’s engaged apcalis oral jelly australia This was, according to Matthew Parris, the “most sensational [scandal] of the parliamentary century, bar the Profumo scandal”. Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal Party, was forced to resign after being accused of a conspiracy to shoot a man, Norman Scott, who claimed to be a former lover. Scott had been out walking a Great Dane called “Rinka” and, though he survived, the animal was killed. Thorpe was acquitted on all charges in 1979.

  15. Hey, I used a pre-made template on here. I don’t know how to load to make it more personalized. But in the future, I think it’d be great to hire someone.

  16. Its like you learn my thoughts! You seem to understand so much about this, such
    as you wrote the book in it or something. I feel that you simply could do with a few p.c.
    to force the message home a little bit, however instead of that, this is wonderful blog.
    An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  17. I’ll immediately grab your rss feed as I can not
    find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognize in order that I may just subscribe.

    Thanks.

  18. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different page
    and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.

    Look forward to checking out your web page for a second time.

  19. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert
    that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing
    to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  20. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to
    assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.

    Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  21. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put
    this short article together. I once again find myself spending
    way too much time both reading and posting comments.

    But so what, it was still worth it!

  22. I’m really inspired with your writing abilities as smartly as with the layout for your blog.
    Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice high quality writing,
    it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

  23. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought
    I should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to checking out your web page again.

  24. My brother suggested I would possibly like this web site.
    He used to be totally right. This publish truly made my day.

    You can not consider simply how much time I had
    spent for this information! Thank you!

  25. Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered
    your web site unintentionally, and I’m stunned why this coincidence didn’t happened earlier!

    I bookmarked it.

  26. Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and
    i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments? If
    so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very
    much appreciated.

  27. Simply want to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post
    is simply nice and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date
    with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  28. Hi I am so glad I found your weblog, I really found you
    by mistake, while I was searching on Bing for something else,
    Regardless I am here now and would just like
    to say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round interesting blog (I also
    love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have
    saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I
    have time I will be back to read much more,
    Please do keep up the superb b.

  29. I’ll right away grasp your rss feed as I can’t in finding your
    e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any?
    Kindly permit me realize so that I may subscribe.

    Thanks.

  30. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire
    in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing
    to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  31. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you will
    be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and may come back at some point.
    I want to encourage yourself to continue your great work, have
    a nice evening!

  32. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do
    it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this
    from. kudos

  33. I was suggested this website by means of my cousin. I
    am now not certain whether or not this publish is
    written by way of him as nobody else realize such unique approximately my trouble.
    You are amazing! Thanks!

  34. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your
    site. You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

  35. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and entertaining,
    and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough men and
    women are speaking intelligently about. I am very
    happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

  36. You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like
    this before. So good to find another person with genuine thoughts
    on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  37. After checking out a handful of the blog posts on your web site, I honestly like your technique
    of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near
    future. Please visit my website as well and let me know your opinion.

  38. This is the right blog for everyone who really wants to understand this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will
    need to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

  39. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to return the
    favor?.I’m attempting to in finding things to enhance my web site!I guess its good enough to use
    a few of your ideas!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: