I’m one of the lucky ones who don’t have to pay for a new car, a new TV or a new couch.
But there are a lot of people who can’t afford to buy all that they need.
I’m not one of them.
Theresa Murphy, an executive assistant at a large law firm, is one of those people.
I was told I had a six-figure salary in 2014.
I paid my student loans, and I had health insurance, so it was a bit of a stretch to think I was making more than $50,000 a year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
But I did, and that’s where the problem began.
At the time, I was doing well, so I didn’t think much of it.
But then, I started working in an office with about 30 people, and we noticed that our workload had increased.
So I decided to make an effort to find something else I could do.
I worked my way up the executive assistant ranks.
Then, the next year, my boss told me he wanted to let me go.
He said, We have a problem with our executive assistant program.
The new CEO said that I should be moving to a different company and getting a new position.
That’s when I realized, I don’t even have a job right now.
So, I quit my job, took a two-month sabbatical and then went back to school.
I spent two years perfecting my résumé and applying to dozens of new companies.
But now, I’m trying to figure out how to get by without the extra cash.
I can’t buy a house, buy a car or get a new television.
I have to work in a small office in a remote town, so my income is limited.
It doesn’t mean I can live on the cheap.
For the last few years, I’ve been living on the margins.
I used to work on construction projects for big companies, but now I have no income.
I get my own electricity, so when I’m working I don