Bitter is the New Black

I loved this book! Working in the corporate world for as long as I have, I have seen and maybe even been( shh) this woman. There is a little bit of her in all of us. We all have our moments of frivolity. But it’s when we realize we have gotten to that level of crazy and tone it down that we finally feel normal again. Keeping up with the Janes really can get tiring. You can only have so much before you realize that all you have is stuff!
Now that I am not working I look at my shoes, my purses, my jewelry, and clothes that I HAD TO HAVE and think “where am i going to wear this stuff now?” Most of my days are spent in yoga pants and T-shirts. Thankfully we are not at a point in our lives where we would need to start selling all that stuff because we don’t know where we will get money to pay for the mortgage.
Things I did learn along the way:
1. If you can afford a hight rent payment it’s better to buy a place (you can change the wallpaper).
2. ALWAYS put aside 10% of your income for a rainy day. working at the same place for 10 years I      was able to set aside enough to not have panic attacks.
3. Splurge every once in a while! We work our buts off and there is no point in doing all that to get to a point in our lives where we think “why didn’t we…”
4. Cleaning your own home keeps you humble. It does not matter that you are wearing $30 Chanel nail polish when you are on your hands and knees cleaning toilet bowls.

Read this book, i’m glad I did!

Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn’t last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she’s gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she’d never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it’s a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.


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