So I checked my finances after the holiday season and it turns out, I should have taken those 'Debit means no debt' commercials a little more seriously. Everything is in the red, and wasn't just my wallet that was hit hard. In addition to horrible finances, I was also in a slew of horrible 'relationships'. Not meaning to say I was dating anyone in particular, or that my secret crush even knew I existed, but overall, my relationships were as red as my finances. I had decided it was time to get back to black, and since dumping a few guys is easier than earning more money, I started there.
The Question: How can I find an 'investment worthy relationship' with all this 'relationship debt' hanging over my head?
The Answer: Declare Relationship Bankruptcy. It won't be as easy as Michael Scott in The Office (publicly proclaiming he's bankrupt - though I think it's pretty obvious that I've been bankrupt in the relationship department for quite some time), but there is a way to do it!
I no longer have any booty calls, no more swooning over guys I can't have or writing a penpal I'll never meet. I'm starting with a fresh slate, of course my credit (aka my ego) is taking a hit (no late night hangouts, no textual chemistry), but my mind will feel fresh!
I want to focus on having mutually beneficial relationships in my life, which is next to impossible when I keep falling back on a safety net of half-assed ones. I invested heavily in these 'high risk relationships' over the holidays, looking for that winter love we all want - but it's time to cut my losses.
How To Declare Relationship Bankruptcy In 7 Steps:
- Delete their numbers - no drunken impulse purchases
- Unfollow, unlike, unfriend - equivalent to no window shopping
- Phase them out OR if it's more serious let them know - nothing says "I'm not talking to you" much like telling them you aren't talking to them. Unless the relationship was serious, probably best to phase them out.
- Let everyone know - Nothing sucks more than having the person you're trying to get over brought up in a casual conversation. Make them the 'Voldemort' of conversations - "He who shall not be named".
- Find an alternative to their emotionally expensive addiction - hang out with friends or do something new.
- Switch from RomComs to reality - Don't sell yourself on receiving a grand gesture from people who had no return on investment
- Profit - get back to black, and yourself, and invest in people that show some return
By declaring Relationship Bankruptcy, I now have an entire year to drum up some fresh investments and hopefully one will pay off BIG!