Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blog Every Day in May {Day 16}


We're over halfway through with this challenge, and still going strong!
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it



I think I have a great life and I've been able to experience all kinds of things. I'm lucky to have a great family, a great guy in my life, a cute and adorable pup, to have a job and actually enjoy what I'm doing, BUT....

I work for a school system. I have my Master's Degree. And yet, I make a pittance of a salary. We all hear that teachers are underpaid, but I'm here to tell you, it's true. I'm not even a classroom teacher--and let me tell you, those teachers work their BUTTS off. We all do.

I love what I do--I love working with kids, I love helping kids be able to speak better, improve their confidence/self-esteem....those are some of my most favorite days. When a parent cries, because their kid has made such progress--I live for that. 

But, let's be honest. In order to live in the DC area, the only way that I would be able to afford to buy a house is with the help of someone else. I'm 30 and I can't even buy my own place.  It's frustrating to feel like I've got all of this education, I work hard at what I do, and yet, in my personal life, what do I have to show for it? What will I EVER have to show for it? I'm not really sure....

How do I work to overcome this?
I'm careful with my spending (you know, minus some online shopping here and there all over the place), MG and I live together luckily (that's not the reason we live together, but it definitely helps), and I remind myself that in today's times, I'm lucky that I have a job at all, that allows me to pay the bills. And I'm even luckier that I like what I do. Most days :)

Don't forget to check out my other post today: Cajun Shrimp and Rice w/ Veggies recipe!

10 comments:

  1. I have a Master's degree and don't make crap for money. On top of that I have a large amount of student loans. I live with my boyfriend, but he pays the ENTIRE mortgage because my student loan payment is entirely too high for me to help. It's frustrating. :(

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  2. Prices in DC/NOVA are ridiculous. JUST ridiculous!

    But as you said to me, if money is the only 'gripe' we have, we are super blessed

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  3. Ah man, I feel your frustration on being so qualified and earning such a ridiculous salary. I have friends who have a highschool certificate and earn double what I do. They have houses and cars and boats and go on weekend tripes all the time.
    But you are right, there is so much to be thankful for!

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  4. Girl, we talked about the same thing in a way. I'm tired of being over eductaed and under employed. But I guess it could always be worse.

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  5. Amen sister! People do not understand how under-paid teachers are! I can pay my bills, but that's about it, and I work just as many hours, if not more, than a person with a 8-5 job!

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  6. I definitely know what you mean. Working on Capitol hill you start out essentially below the poverty line. While I've been here three years and worked my way up a bit, it's still not much better. I feel like going back to school is really my only option at this point to come back into the job market at a higher level. It's super frustrating. But we'll get there I'm sure :)

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  7. I enjoyed your post! You have a lovely blog. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it :)

    -Jen

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  8. I'm in the same boat as you. I have my Masters in Counseling and don't make as much as I thought I would at 31. I like my job a lot, just wish I made more.

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  9. I feel your pain:( We are moving to Mexico so we can MAYBE buy a house here someday. We have a huge student loan debt, too, so that doesn't help! Oh, and no, I'm not working in the schools right now, but if I was, every single penny I would earn would go to day care for my two kids. I do feel lucky, though, that we can work and see kids privately! I will say that I'm loving it.

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  10. It is hard to get ahead these days! It's totally do-able, though! We have saved up enough to buy a house after a few years of budgeting, so keep it up!

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