CC Image "Change" courtesy of m-c on Flickr

CC Image "Change" courtesy of m-c on Flickr

I've made mention of my decision to quit drinking a few times on this blog and on Twitter, but haven't really shared too much about what exactly is up with that. At the moment I have just over ten weeks of alcohol-free time under my belt, and the impact on my life has been huge. Overwhelmingly, breathtakingly huge. Feeling good all the damn time has become my new normal, and the whole process is something I’m hoping to find the right words to share with you very soon. For now though, can we just talk about some of the other really awesome things that have been going down lately?

For starters, I found a new job last week! I've been temping for the past little while, an experience that has allowed me the space to clear my head and do a little soul-searching, while still lining my pockets with enough money to pay the rent and all of those other silly little necessities. While the temp life (#templife?) has been a welcome and much needed reprieve, I am delighted with the permanent position I've recently been offered and looking forward to getting started next week. I won’t share who my new employer is just yet, but I can tell you that I’ll be back in the Administrative Assistant saddle, working within the walls of a growing company that is offering up plenty of room for professional development. You guys, I am so excited!

I've also recently begun volunteering for a new non-profit in the city that is dedicated to providing mental health support for youths. I’ll have more details in the coming weeks as I settle in and get to know the program and its founder, but I am pretty friggin pumped about the whole thing. It has been a few years since I had a steady volunteer gig, and now that the all-consuming job hunt has come to an end I feel like I am ready to dig in and be useful to someone other than myself again.

Speaking of non-profits, a couple of weeks ago I met with a financial counselor at CFCS, which is a wonderful organization here in Winnipeg that helps people with a number of financial concerns, including getting out of debt, budgeting effectively, and your rights and responsibilities as a consumer. Before meeting with a financial counselor you are required to attend an orientation session which, like all of the services CFCS offers, is free of charge. If the orientation doesn't answer all of your questions you can then make an appointment with a counselor.

I made an appointment and went in to have a second pair of eyes take a look at my budget and debt payment plan. The counselor I met with, Erin, was absolutely lovely and introduced me to the CNNMoney Debt Reduction Planner, a super handy tool for anyone who has more than one source of debt to contend with and is unsure of how to best go about paying it off. It’s easy, it’s free, and it really helps you see the light at the end of your debt tunnel. I highly recommend giving it a go.

With all of these things happening in my life lately I'd say 2014 is off to a pretty good start, and I couldn't be happier about it!