Noticing I am little down today. The dating situation took another turn, which I am not yet up to going into, plus who knows it might turn again by tomorrow! So I'll wait on that story. I will say one thing, which is that I. am. so. tired. of being the one who wants more communication or intimacy. Comes with being a woman maybe? I don't know, but I'm not feeling it.
Today needs to be a productive day. I have Finals to finish grading, then grades to enter. Also, I want to follow up with the three women who signed up that they were interested in the career transition group.
My meetup went okay. I did well presenting the content and the attendees seemed to like it and really enjoy connecting with each other, which was part of the goal. But the numbers were less than I had hoped and everyone seemed to be having money problems. This is a concern they teach us to "dance" with in my business program, but I've got two left feet in this arena. ha
It's like a chicken-egg thing - you need to invest to get the support and tools you need to successfully transition and make more money, but you need money to invest in the support and tools. I definitely don't want to come across as pushy or sales-y, but I need to ask the powerful questions that help people who are ready commit to themselves and their success. People come up with the money when their commitment outweighs their fear, so that's what the dance is about I guess.
I have a workshop June 6th and might also do another hour-long coffee gathering through the meetup. Hopefully, those strategies and some continued social media promotion will help fill the group. I will say here - I'm committed to doing the group! If I have a few participants, I am going forward.
Now the spring semester is over, I have three weeks off. I am going to use the time to focus on my business and finding a new home. I have an open house Monday for a two-bedroom place quite near my college that is just barely in my price range. It's super tiny! But I don't care, as long as it's fairly modern, which it looks to be, and has two bedrooms as required to adopt. Wish me luck!
There is also still the possibility of a house in Albany, two stories, sharing with an interesting lady I met through my community activism/localization groups. Albany is a sweet place to live and has excellent schools, not that I would need to worry about that for a while. I have other friends who live there, and it's closer to the college, too, by about 50 percent or more.
The other big news is that I discovered several fraudulent entries on my credit report! They were all from late 2012 through 2013, which is shortly after I had my purse stolen. Let my story be a lesson to you to check your credit reports yearly! I called the three credit bureaus yesterday and disputed the entries. Now, they have a month to investigate and hopefully remove them. There were two credit cards, a department store charge card, a cell phone account, and a cable company. Also, there was one address on the report that did not belong to me.
I knew that my credit score was low but thought that was because of a couple mistakes I made a while back. Turns out, my score should be significantly higher, which is the good news. During the investigation period, my credit report will show that these items are disputed, so I plan to be up front with potential landlords and point these out. I hope they will believe me. I will have good landlord references and proof of income on the positive side, as well.