Solid planning

We have a definite date to leave, and if you’re on Facebook and local, you’ve probably already received an invitation to the going-away party next weekend, the 7th of November, here at the house.

The tough part is going to be packing and reducing even more, but I think we’re up to the task.

I just found out that the note on the house is actually assumable instead of having to pass it on only as a conventional loan. If we can make a profit, that’s wonderful, but if not… well, that’s okay, too. Having the option should make it easier to unload.

I feel like this is a major case of dharma coming full circle, putting us in a position to leave with what we need and nothing more. We don’t “need” the profit from the sale to accomplish anything in particular, but we do need to reevaluate our lifestyle in order to get to a truly stable position.

That’s the weird thing about stability: Our entire culture is based on a false sense of prosperity, so all of the things that made us, as a culture, feel secure and prosperous have fallen down around our ears. The addiction to credit, the need for more Things, and the living beyond our means is the true foundation of what has caused our current economic crisis – mostly because these things cannot be sustained in the face of even more greed. Greed is, after all, what inspired the cultural mistakes, but when that’s taken even further, it’s just a disaster, as we’ve already seen.

The adjustments of the energetic focus of a species is reflected both macro- and microscopically. So, when the whole of society has to make these adjustments, the individual does as well. Inflated values have to fall, and paying more for substandard options is not possible. We are put in a position to have to squeeze the most out of less, even if we have more capacity.

My nefarious plan over the next two years is as follows:

* Sell the house, either through a conventional loan or an assumption

* Live in a small, affordable apartment

* Avoid unnecessary expenses such as cable and extra subscriptions

* Pay off as much of the credit bills as possible, which should be most of them

* Do not buy anything except what is needed

* Live within both our budget and our space

* Enroll in school and work towards an education degree

* Only purchase used large items, such as cars

It seems like such common sense things, but for some reason, it’s hard for most people to grasp, like when I was on the phone earlier with an apartment locator. She asked what my income was, I gave her a rough estimate, and she threw my $700 limit out the window and tried to talk me into a $1400-per-month place. When I tried to explain to her why $700 was my range, she paused and seemed like she simply could not get her head around the words that were coming out of my mouth. I decided not to work with her, but luckily, the next person I called was much more helpful and understanding about things like “budget”.

I don’t think it upsets me so much as makes me a little sad. I will do my best not only to survive but to live well, and nothing is going to be allowed to interfere with that.

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