Joy Snatchers

Today's #30Layers30Days prompt is Joy Snatchers. "Joy snatchers are those little things that pick away at your peace of mind and drain your positive energy. They distract you when you are trying to be productive. They cause strain and stress in your relationships. Perhaps they bring out a side of you that you don't like or they bring about feelings of depression and self-loathing. Joy snatchers can be people, places, things, feelings, thoughts, and more. Joy Snatchers are often responsible for those black cloud days when you're in a funk and you can't really explain why ((Quoted from All The Many Layers))."

Identify some of your joy snatchers and their impact on your life. Narrow it down to your #1 joy snatcher. What can you do to minimize or eliminate its influence? More importantly, do you know and believe that you have the power to do so?

This isn't hard for me as I've already identified the things that snatch my joy.

  • My marriage
  • Not living comfortably

If I had to choose one to be more of a joy snatcher than the other, it would have to be not living comfortably. It's not that we don't make the money, it's just that we have too many bills. Between paying the IRS and student loans ((Both his bills, not mine)), it's hard to have enough money to live comfortably. I've been making a lot of changes as far as paying off small bills and switching service providers. We were paying Verizon $320 a month, and by switching to T-Mobile ((who offers similar service in the city, but not back home)) we are saving over $200 a month. The transmission went out on the Altima a few weeks after getting it fixed and painted, and the decision was made not to get it fixed. At this point, it's more affordable ((even though it's not convenient all of the time)) to just use one vehicle. I'm also considering becoming a SAHM, simply because of the fact that the majority of what I make goes to daycare/kindergarten costs.

That last one is still up in the air. There's so many other factors that become involved... Especially since divorce has come up. I know that things will work out. I just have to keep pushing.

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