Feeling more positive

It’s amazing how things seem not to be a big deal anymore once viewed or experienced through the eyes of others. Apparently, my previous posts pertaining to financial matters seemed to be all “gloom and doom” which was far from my intent. After several exchanges with my esteemed father and loving husband, I think that they are right in several respects. So, I shall be talking finances amongst others, but with a positive twist. I don’t think I should delude myself as to the real state of affairs, however as much air time as I give to talking about the bad issues, I need to devote equal time to talk about the positive side of things! Like, having a husband who understands where I’m coming from and is doing his best to contribute positively to my life. He’s suffered the (hopefully) worst of my fixation of “aggressive” debt reduction. lol. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to be on my toes though. Still, I just need to not be obsessed about it. Financial freedom is achievable.

In other news, my sister’s wedding is coming up and we’ve been thinking of ways to contribute and the easiest would be sending some funds over. Now, Western Union has always been the way to go, but they are making a shitload of money and really shorting the receiver and the sender!! Here’s what they say: the current exchange rate which is set by them is 115 naira to 1 us dollar. On the black market, I’d hazard a guess and say it’s 130 naira to 1 us dollar. Do you see the first problem on how they steal money from senders by refusing to pay at the true rate? As if that’s not bad enough, they levy some steep fees on sending money i.e. say, for $600, you’ll be charged a $58 fee. It’s not hard to see that they could make a cool $120 per transfer! I shall pick me dad’s brain about this because I really want to not put money in some strangers’ pockets.

Life at the lab is going on as usual. I’m making moves and trying to make smart ones. My loved ones are coming to find out that I can be one heck of an impetuous and impatient young lady! I will confess to these vices and hopefully, put them in check. I just need to repeat my new year’s mantra: patience. With a capital P. lol. Anyhoo, I also need to get a better work-to-life balance. That’s funny considering certain other moves I am making that can’t be mentioned since googling my name brings up my blog first. In this case, I strongly feel I have the upper hand or at least, a bargaining chip to work with.

Here’s to positivity, career advancement and patience! Salut.