WHEN LIFE CHANGES KNOW WHERE TO TURN
“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married, own a house, as if life is some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks if you are happy.” | Heath Ledger
Many of us grew up being told by the world around us what success is. If the above quote teaches us anything, it’s that money, career, relationships, and financial accomplishments do not equal happiness. Sadly we’ve seen many in Hollywood struggle with mental illness and pressure from the demands of the business. I’ve had many job titles over the years, but the titles didn’t always equal satisfaction. So much of the time I pushed myself for companies who didn’t care about my well-being and in the end didn’t appreciate me. That’s when I realized being my own boss was the only way to take control and live the life I wanted. It was hard and challenging, but I slowly found my calling. Life is too short to not be doing something that makes you feel passionate and alive.
Happiness In Perspective
I’ve been having this conversation a lot lately with my daughter about what she see’s on YouTube and social media. How people might look happy, but deep down, they might not be. While it’s good to have goals, work hard, and enjoy life, we must remember to do it on our own terms. There can be a price to pay when we get too focused on what other’s think or expectations put on us. Each person deserves to find their definition of happiness.
It took me years to get to the point where I have stopped caring so much what others think, because the truth is that they aren’t living my life. Stop comparing your life to other’s and try to be grateful for what you have. Set goals that are important to you and no one else. You will never disappoint yourself if you listen to your gut. It’s alright to walk away from what isn’t serving you or giving back what you put in.
A recent podcast I listened to made an excellent point that we need to change how we view debt. If your debt meant getting a degree, making a needed change, leaving a toxic relationship, provided you with a deserved break, got you needed medical care, or allowed you to experience life to the full, then be grateful you had that experience. While no one enjoys the weight of debt, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid. Stop with the guilt and come up with a reasonable plan. Educate yourself on your options, ask for financial advice, and research steps that can help you. Remember, your debt does not define you.
Writing for a financial institution recently educated me on some great advice that I wanted to share. I hope you find this information helpful and gives you some insight. Keep in mind you can accomplish anything you put your mind to and strive for. End each day knowing what you did matters in this world, and dedicate time every day to work toward the life you want. Never has there been a time in history when so many things are uncertain. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is guaranteed. While the times we live in have made us all value our loved ones, health, and appreciate the simple things in life, many of us are struggling with financial uncertainty. We are all looking for security and ways to reduce our stress, which can be provided quickly by a personal loan.
Pandemic Finanical Shifts
Educate yourself on common loan terms to make sure you ask the right questions. The principle is the amount you need to borrow. You’ll pay a monthly interest charge in addition to the portion of your payment that goes toward reducing the principal. Interest is usually expressed as a percentage rate. APR stands for annual percentage rate. When you take out any kind of loan, in addition to the interest, the lender will typically charge fees for making the loan. APR incorporates both your interest rate and any lender fees to give you a better picture of the actual cost of your loan. Comparing APRs is a good way to compare the affordability and value of different personal loans.
The term is the number of months you have to repay the loan is called the term. When a lender approves your loan application, they’ll inform you of the interest rate and term they’re offering. Every month during the term, you’ll owe a monthly payment to the lender. This payment will include money toward paying down the principal of the amount you owe, as well as a portion of the total interest you’ll owe over the life of the loan. Personal loans are often unsecured loans, meaning you don’t have to put up collateral for them. With a home or auto loan, the real property you’re buying serves as collateral to the lender. However, some lenders offer secured personal loans, which will require collateral, and could provide better rates than an unsecured loan.
First and foremost, don’t rush into any agreement without understanding the big picture. Make sure you know your credit score and don’t over-borrow what is truly needed. Shop around for the most competitive rates, which can vary by state, income levels, credit score, and debt to income ratio. Take the time to look for companies with great reviews and offer affordable approaches to lending. Have a clear understanding of terms, fees, interest rates, payment schedules, restrictions, penalties, the company’s history, customer service, and taking the time to read the fine print. Many companies offer the option of having a co-signer to help you qualify and also get better rates. In these challenging times, many companies offer to delay payments if you become unemployed, which can give you more peace of mind. Give you and your family something to smile about and advocate to live your best financial life today.