Here is a brief update on my life:
Financial stress level: 10 of 10. My ex-wife is suing me, I’m already $4200 in debt, I earn a gross of $370 per week, and who knows how this court case will turn out and how much I’ll owe to whom after the dust has settled. The lease on my $350-month car ends in December, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gone way over my mileage limit. I’m going to owe them money. And I’ll still need to buy a new car.
Health level: 0 of 10. I am overweight, I get no exercise, and I have constant mild chest pains. I turn 32 years old tomorrow, I’m 5’8″ and weigh #230-ish.
Employability rating: 3 of 10. I have been fired from most jobs I’ve held in my life. Having spent the last six or seven years in the IT industry as a technical trainer and/or network engineer, I have very little to show for it in terms of real-world, hands-on experience. I am very intelligent, but have a short attention-span, a poor short-term memory, and can be very belligerent and stubborn.
Academic attractiveness: 2 of 10. I’ve failed way too many college classes to be taken seriously anywhere anymore. The fully-funded chemistry PhD program at UMich most likely wouldn’t touch me with a 10-foot pole.
Relationship potential: 4 of 10. Again, I’m below-average height, overweight, introverted, stubborn, a divorcee who will probably shortly owe major money to my ex-wife and assorted lawyers, and I demand much while giving little in return. I don’t like going out, and even if I did, I have no money do to anything.
So, that’s the hole I’m in which I need to begin working my way out of. Here’s what I have going for me:
1) If I do lose this court case, I may be able to sell the house in Boston which my ex-wife and I still co-own. This would be difficult, but do-able and would probably take care of any debts I owe to her, her lawyer, and my lawyer.
2) I am employed at two jobs – one full-time (but hourly), and one part-time. The part-time job is a new career for me – massage therapist. And I must say, I kick ass at it. I may not be the best or most knowlegable massage therapist in the world, but my current boss says I give the best massage she’s ever had, and she’s had more than her fair share from other people.
3) Despite my saying otherwise, I have time to exercise. This needs to become my #1 priority. In fact, I think I’m going to go do so right now.