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Achievement Unlocked: Moved Out

I have always liked the idea of living off my own money. Sure, I loved that I got to keep my whole salary for myself, but now that I have a stable job, I knew it was time to see if I could make it without my mother paying all the bills.

So I got an apartment that is literally next door from where I work. It’s small, but it’s clean and has a bathroom of its own. It’s a bit expensive and it’s on a noisy street, but I can manage. The window lets in lots of fresh air (I don’t even need an electric fan these days), the toilet works, and the landlady is a nice person. If it had free Internet, it’d be perfect.
I do miss my house, though. I miss my mother’s jokes and my pets and the constant Wifi (Internet withdrawal is a real thing.) Still, having my own place is a rewarding experience. It teaches me to budget wisely (living on PHP1,300 for 10 days really teaches you to stop impulse-shopping), to keep track of my bills, to find ways to amuse myself. It means I’m closer to work, which really reduces how tired I feel every day. I can put on my make-up with the reassurance that I’ll arrive at the office fresh-faced. I can avoid the commuting crowd. I can have friends over more often. Really, the pros outweigh the cons.
This makes me so happy! I’ve been wanting this for so long, and now that it’s here, all I can say is: HOUSEWARMING PARTY, YO!!!

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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