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  •  I really struggled for years to break even (11+ / 0-)

    I definitely know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck, but I was lucky enough to really enjoy what I was doing even though I didn't make much money doing it.  Then, thanks ironically to Howard Dean, I found out about Drupal long before most of the people building sites with it now had ever heard of it.  That timing eventually enabled me to move from barely making it to doing pretty well (and move from Norfolk to DC and then to NYC), though I'm still not really saving nearly as up as I should be.  I got extraordinarily lucky that demand for Drupal developers skyrocketed right when the economy was plunging and that I'd been one of the first 1% of users (further irony, given my support of OWS); otherwise I have no earthly clue what I'd be doing (a lot of general web design/development shops and jobs have disappeared since then).  I've got many friends who struggle to even find a part time job.  I've got one who I helped out of an abusive relationship and I'm grateful to be able to pay a good chunk towards his rent so he has a stable place to stay and get himself back on his feet.  I worry all the time about how long I'll be able to stay ahead of the curve.  I definitely feel a bit guilty that I've been able to do so well when so few others are, and I still feel like it could all come crashing down at any minute.  I blame the assholes on Wall Street and their enablers in Congress for much of that.

    FWIW, I think Mitt Romney is the literal personification of that Wall Street corruption and greed.  I really look forward to seeing his world come crashing down around him the same way his business practices wrecked the lives of so many others.

    •  Don't feel guilty for doing well. (7+ / 0-)

      You didn't get there by exploiting anybody. You were both smart and lucky, and you acknowledge that. And you are paying it forward to help out your friends.

      I'm a Dreamweaver pro, and on my to becoming becoming a CSS master, but I'm a chronic freelancer with sporadic clientele who are mostly non-profits and other artists, i.e. they don't have the big budgets. I also do some online web development teaching for a university's outreach program, and the three of us web teachers are going to be getting some education in Drupal and other CMS developing this year, so that we can eventually offer it to our students.

      It's been hand to mouth for the past few years, but that is a step up from the falling into the deep hole of the previous six years. But it sure would be nice to have something of a safety net under me, and it would be even nicer to not continue to defer dreams I've had for over a decade.

      curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design

      by asterkitty on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 12:22:19 PM PST

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    •  I hope you are hauling money into savings (2+ / 0-)
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      hand over fist.
      Just saying, build up your reserves while you can.

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