Of course I am struggling against more change in my life. Who doesn't, right? I have known for several months now that change was coming. I saw it out of the corner of my eyes. I didn't really look at it head on until about 3 weeks ago. I know it is for the best for all concerned. I know it is for my best, as this job has eaten away at my insides with all the stress and amp'd up angry energy, but it is still the devil I know and the thought of making a decision to leave instead of waiting until something better presents itself is a big girl step that has turned my guts just a bit twisted up.
I am taking steps forward. I have put out my resume on the boards and am sending it with nice letters to ads I see online. I can't believe I did it, but I have. Small steps, but I am actively working on this instead of my normal reaction of waiting until life forces me to make the changes. I haven't received the response I had hoped, but these are hard times and my resume will be one of hundreds that will be sorted through. I have just started sharing with friends that I am interested in finding a new job, one that I can work my ass off the whole time and then at the end, shut it down and focus on my kids and my writing. I have bills to pay and mouths to feed, so I am hoping to find a good company to work for where I can stay for while and grow.
I am asking for prayers and good energy as I move forward into a new job. I am very excited for this change, but again it is scary to start over, again.
Until someone nibbles and I can actually get in front of a hiring manager, I will be living through another rent week. December and January are usually the hardest rent weeks due to the holidays. People don't plan and then they overspend and then I have to add fees for lateness. Then reality sets in and they realize they won't just be late, but they can't actually pay the full amount this month. Then their account gets sent to legal, and there are legal fees. Then they promise me their first born child, a chicken, to work off a portion of what they owe cleaning for me and their tax refund which they will be applying for just as soon as they get their W-2's. They promise to not only pay me what is owed, but they are gonna pay me a couple of months in advance too! As this is my 3rd holiday season in property management, I no longer believe this promise. As of this morning rent is late. Tomorrow we post the 3 Day Demand for payment and the eviction process begins again.
It never feels good to evict someone, but during the holiday season you just feel lower than low while you stand there watching their stuff be hauled to the curb. Many of the people who barely squeaked by last month, will be repeats on this months list and they will find that they have already exhausted all of the resources who can help.
My goal is to stay on top of this week, so I get the demands posted tomorrow, which puts payments due by Friday. Non-payers will get sent to Lawyer on the 15th and I don't believe that they will get into the court system until the week of Christmas, which means everyone should have a home through the holidays this year. Evictions should land on the week of New Year's for this month.
What a way to ring in the new year, but I shouldn't be kicking any families out before St. Nick visits them this year. No crying children asking how Santa is going to find them. No watching my crew haul out to the curb the Christmas tree, lights and ornaments attached. Too many tears shed last year on the 23rd of December.
For this year's timing I am truly grateful!
I am sending out a quick prayer to all of my tenants that they each find the money to pay their rent this month prior to legal fees being added and may God bless them, every one!