Since the beginning of my sobriety in December 2007, I have lived in Binghamton, New York. I have grown to dislike living in a town/city even more than when I lived in Southern California in active addiction. Now, with my employer fifty six miles, an hour and a half drive on back roads, in Ithaca, New York, it’s time I look for a new place closer to work. Lately, I have asked my Higher Power/The Universe for a financial push to help assist me in finding a new home closer to where I work and a little more.
Living in Binghamton while working in Ithaca has its benefits. My rent is really low compared to other places in Binghamton. Both Binghamton and Ithaca cater to college students, so rent is astronomical in both places. Many of the amenities I need are also right around the corner. It’s quiet on my side of town with an occasional incident here and there. The landlord isn’t the best (getting things fixed is always a pain) but is more than understanding when times get rough and I can’t pay rent on time (only a few times in the last six years I’ve lived here).
The are some major issues living so far away. As mentioned, it takes me an hour and a half to get to work. There are no shortcuts. I have to travel backroads (either North than West or East, then North). This can be a challenge when the weather doesn’t cooperate, especially in Winter. Therefore, at least three hours of my day is sitting in a car dealing with stupid drivers, scared wildlife, bad weather and unmaintained roads. This is taking a toll on my car in maintenance, as well as the cost for gas.
Yet moving close to work has its benefits and issues. The standard of living is much higher. For instance, my salary is higher than any place in Binghamton, much higher. Obviously, with the higher standard of living, all my expenses are going to increase. Thus, I have vowed not to move to Ithaca proper but to one of the outlying areas where rent and expenses are not as expensive.Its hard when you have expenses like a car payment, student loans and other debt.
Perhaps this is selfish but I’ve asked my Higher Power for a very large financial push. I have dreams like anyone else.
For instance, here are a few things in life I would like:
This house is “calls” to me every day as I drive by going to work. It’s a vacant house in Willseyville, NY. It’s under $100K but needs a lot of work. Recent taxes around $500/yr. Off the road, in a nice nook, on Route 96B. Neighbors are not encroaching, the side of the mountain as a backyard, the front of the home is off the road. It just needs a wood fence from prying eyes surrounding the backyard. This house is perfect!
Got to have a decent truck for those rough Winters. A 2016 / 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4 X 4, paid in full. Insurance would be an issue but I’ve accounted for it.
Just those two things and enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life. Enough money to wipe the slate clean of outstanding debt (that I’m paying from my addiction days) instead to put in a retirement fund. An emergency fund for the home, car repairs, insurance costs, etc. I’m a few years from fifty with no savings what so ever. Of course, a little vacation money if the need arises too. Is that asking for to much?
I’m patient. It’s selfish to ask for it all at once and now. I know that my HP, Universe and/or the Gods will provide for me when I can handle it.