My Life in 2013

2013 was a crazy year for me to say the least.

I started the year working 60+ hours a week between two jobs for a company that I hated (and who I later reported to the labour board). But I was determined to quit – especially after a little incident involving my wisdom teeth caused a coworker to quit. Unfortunately, the job market was not working in my favour. By May, I had only gone on two interviews: one that went really badly and one that went really good – but they didn’t offer me the job. (However, months later they did end up offering me a part time position, which I reluctantly accepted out of desperation).

The toxic work environment and ridiculously long hours finally caught up to me. After a lot of flip-flopping, support and encouragement, I decided to take a stress leave. While it was great to essentially have the summer off, it was no vacation. But I needed it. I more or less spent the summer hibernating in my apartment, with my blog keeping me company. I was able to collect short term sickness benefits (which is basically unemployment insurance), which was a huge help, but my savings account still took a huge hit.

Things started to look up a bit in July and I finally started to feel more like myself again, but reality kicked in by August – I was running out of time, I was running out of money, and I was running out of options. It was looking like I’d have to return to that awful job, and run the risk of undoing all the progress I’ve made. When I finally landed a very promising interview, I thought I blew my chances because I was in the midst of a break-up.

But my luck was finally changing…

It started with winning $500 through an online giveaway in September. I then accepted that part time job (mentioned above) but quit a few days later because I finally got a great new job with the college! I was once again excited to go to work and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t living pay-check to pay-check. I came clean with myself (and this blog) about my debt, which was embarrassing but extremely liberating. Then, I unexpectedly met someone new and things clicked so well that we will be moving in together at the end of the month.

That, in a nutshell, is what my life in 2013 looked like. (And all those up and downs will be further reflected in what my money in 2013 looked like which I will be posting about soon!) It was a ridiculous year in many ways, but wow – I somehow survived it all, and am a much much better (and happier) person because of it.

I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for me!!

Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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22 thoughts on “My Life in 2013”

  1. So happy to see that 2013 worked out for you in the end. Although I hadn’t had to experience job stress as severe as you had, I was pretty freaking broke for the past 3 years of my life. It wasn’t until November where I finally started realizing with husband and I sharing our finances completely after getting married two months prior, we actually had money leftover at the end of the month! No better feeling than realizing you have extra money to throw at that debt and save for retirement!

    I hope the move in goes smoothly. 🙂

  2. Congratulate to you, Amanda, nice to hear you can overcome all the challenge. In 2014 I hope you life will be full of joy.
    I’ve been through all of difficult time. The difference is I’m facing the difficult time with my wife and 5 children. It quite tough. I’m still trying , I hope I will make it in 2014.

  3. I’m glad things got better! It seems that everything is falling in to place for you! Glad we can still keep up to date post Uni life on here x

  4. You’ve had quite the year! Lots of ups and downs, but things are in the right direction with your job and bf! That’s so exciting. I love positive turning points. Wishing you the best in 2014.

  5. Wow, you really did have one crazy year! Looking back on your recap it’s crazy to think it all happened in a short 12 months! But, like you said, things are really coming up Milhouse (Er, I mean, Amanda) and you really seem to be on the right track for a great 2014 🙂

    Proud of you, girl!

  6. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who had a pretty ridiculous year in 2013! It’s those odd-numbered years….every time. 🙂 Anyway, I hope 2014 is a smooth year for you!


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