Friday, November 18, 2011
Thanksgiving, Day 1: Thanksgiving Vacation
Tonight I am in Tampa, Florida, looking forward to boarding a cruise ship tomorrow and spending the next five days sailing to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. It was either book a cruise or lose the $400 I had sitting in my account with the cruise line due to canceling my spring break cruise when I couldn't come up with the final payment. And this one was surprisingly affordable, mostly because it returns to port on Thanksgiving Day, when most people would rather join their loved ones for a feast than spend eight hours sitting in the car.
Resolved: no more vacations or extraneous spending of any kind until my credit cards are paid off and I have some money in the bank. As a self-employed single mom, my financial situation is precarious, and I've got to be more creative about finding ways to earn and save money.
But tonight I'm going to lay my worries aside and give thanks for this lovely hotel room and the opportunity to spend some quality time in the sun with my fifteen year old son. I reject fear. I claim joy.