I woke up late this morning and was in a rush to get to work because I've been out three days at a conference.
So I didn't check my balance.
I got to work and spent 15 minutes waiting for my computer to boot up (yeah, it apparently was still sleepy too). I found 86 new e-mails in my Inbox, even after I spent a considerable amount of time the other day going through it so I wouldn't have a huge glut waiting for me.
I started to go through all the requests, demands, urgent deadlines and blah blah, but it was much too much, so I said, "I'm checking my balance."
And there it was. The Zero Balance. The triple aught. The $0.00
I think I would have cried if I wasn't sitting at my desk at work. Not a weeping, sobbing cry, just a misty-eyed, "I can't believe it, thank you Jesus," cry.
I felt a little light headed, like when you're carrying something very heavy for a long time and then, all of a sudden, the weight is gone. You feel light, but a little disoriented. It takes you a moment to feel relieved.
I know from the tone of this post it might not sound like I'm ecstatic, but, trust me, I am!!!!!
I PAID OFF MY CREDIT CARD DEBT!!!!!!
I started this blog about three years ago in a panic. I was nearly $16G in credit card debt AND I had a nearly new car payment, new job and new expenses. Two jobs, two moves and the same car later, and I did it.
I messed up A LOT on the way.
I didn't always do the brilliant financial thing.
Sometimes I despaired that I'd never get this done.
Sometimes I didn't care if I did or not.
Sometimes I was so determined, nothing on earth was going to stop me.
Sometimes other things in my life got me so down that financial freedom was the last thing on my mind.
But I did it.
Thank you so much to everyone who's tagged along on this journey, either reading my posts and getting inspired, checking in on my sometimes and praying for me, or leaving comments to encourage me or share tips and advice.
Thank you so much! I am deeply grateful.
Well now I have a full day of work ahead of me and I hope I can focus. I'll try not to keep looking at my credit card balance over and over... but I won't try very hard. :-)