The Final Step

I just filed my 2012 taxes. I had 4 different W-2s and a 1099-MISC. I usually file my taxes really early, and this year I kept putting it off and putting it off. I couldn’t really bear to see my total income for last year, nor to figure out the taxes I owed from consulting and teaching projects I did with my old job. 

But today, which happen to be Easter, a bunch of people I work with got together and we repainted our performance space. It looked so clean and lovely, and it will be a great start to our Spring season. I figured I owed myself that same fresh start. 

So I did my taxes. Afterwards, I had this strange impulse to buy myself a present, and I realized that  was my “old self” talking, the person who would buy new shoes or a new outfit because I had a bad day at work, the person who would cover up anger and frustration with a “present.” 

I’m thankfully sticking to my plan–no soda, no credit cards. It’s been 3 months, one whole quarter, and I’m still on my plan. It’s hard, but amazing and totally liberating. 

I feel like I have taken the final step in putting last year behind me. That too feels liberating. 

Now I will eat some French fries and watch a Danish movie 



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