This week I've started a new financial regime. I am going to live strictly to the budget that will be the reality as of the 1st September 2015. All the extra cash will add to the 'transition support fund' - just in case it takes a while for things to work as I plan. I've always been a complete control freak over my income (even as a teenager when I started to make the odd £1.50 from teaching piano to the neighbours' children). There are new columns in my little black notebook ('Escape Fund', 'New Budget Test') along side the regulars ('Housekeeping' and 'Holidays'). I've even created little rules about how and when I'm going to access the new budget. Monday is going to be the new weekly pay day.
Current illness aside, I'm feeling more positive and excited about the future than I have done for years. Whenever I explain to some-one that I'm moving on a new offer of work comes in. I've already collected three piano pupils and a wedding 'gig' as a harpist. There's even a vague offer of a bit of Year 7 and Year 8 teaching (plus instrumental work) at the local Independent Cathedral School. Of course all of this has to become reality......but it's nice to think that I'm not jumping into some kind of 'career black hole'. One of my lovely friends has even offered to create a professional business website for me for free! I am lucky to have so many kind people in my life.