Tuesday, November 18, 2008

tightening the belt

Well its no secret that the economy is in the toilet.
I've really been trying not to dwell on it too much and have a positive attitude despite all the doom & gloom out there.
It's just difficult to do when you see headlines that mention the "Great Depression" with black & white photographs of men waiting in a soup line.
Depressing is an understatement.
It's especially scary when you are self employed.
Just the other day one of my clients closed it's doors for good.
Wish Magazine and Gardening Life Magazine.
I didn't do a ton of work for them, but still, it's a big blow to the magazine world.
I just hope all those really nice people that worked there full time find new jobs soon.
That really sucks for them, especially at this time of year.
Anyhow it is kind of freaky when it starts to hit closer to home and not just on Wall/Bay.St
I'm still going to try to maintain a positive attitude though.
Let's just hope that when one door closes another one opens.
Big daddy and I were planning a mini getaway to NYC in a couple of weeks but somehow I just don't feel right about dumping a whole lotta cash on fancy dinners, boutique Hotels, live theatre and expensive shoes at the moment.
Then again if everyone had this reaction to all the news, then it will only make matters worse I guess.
We are in good shape at the moment, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to conserve a little more over the next few months.
It's taken me a long time to really understand that really some of the best things in life are free.
Family & health for example.
which at the moment I'm extremely grateful for.
I am however finding myself eyeing our tiny city garden filled with boxwoods , a Japanese Maple, euonomous, ivy, climbing hydrangea, cedars and a bunch of other useless greenery and wondering if we could replace it with a vegetable garden?
And I wonder if the shed would work if we decided to get some live stock?
Just a thought...


Ms. Porter said...

Thanks for making me smile even though the topic really freaks me out. I know that you already know how freaked out I am. We are in a decent position financially but that could all change if my husband lost his job...and sadly that is a definite possibility right about now. We have cut back, but could cut back more. We constantly think about and discuss our options should he lose his job. I need to keep reminding myself that no matter what we are still very fortunate.

Her Bad Mother said...

Is it weird that that photo made me hungry? It totally did. And I don't even like dirty vegetables. ;)

Don Mills Diva said...

LeeAnne was at my house on Friday and she was pretty freaked out about the magazines going down - scary times indeed.

amanda said...

It is such a scary time. I've been in the same place, in my head... just feeling grateful for the important things. And strangely enough, wondering if I could pull off a garden out back :)

kurrabikid said...

I am in your boat - self employed ... and the magazine I do most of my work for is part of a company that's been in the press here in Australia for being heavily debt-laden. So, hmmm, interesting times. I am trying not to dwell on it though - if it happens, it happens. I will always find something.

Anonymous said...

This is the time my husband decides to jump in headfirst into the stock market. I have decided to look the other way.

kgirl said...

that's too bad about gardening life; I always read it at the library, although it did little to improve my horrible, barely-alive garden.

Oh hey, maybe if I had actually sprung for the magazine instead of just reading it at the library, it would still be around.

Karen MEG said...

Oh that's unfortunate, I love Wish magazine. Tpugh times for sure.

I just got back from NYC and it was a nice break. Although we did drop some coin, it wasn't too fancy by any means at all.