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You are so right. I woke up this morning already a change in things

Posted By: mtMOM on 2008-04-22
In Reply to: Good things come out of bad.... - recycled

I thought I'd go back to MTing, after yesterday, but today lots of my things are selling in e bay and I am on way to being a power seller already. Plus, DH left me 50 bucks on the counter with a note saying for me to buy groceries to cook the things I like to. Now I know that sounds really old fashioned, but he has been doing all of the cooking since I work all the time and I have not eaten much in a while, because he is not very good at cooking. His way of trying to help I guess. He never said to go back to get a job, he was surprised that quiet little me made this move. So, you are right, I am going to see what happens and trust instincts. Maybe give myself permission that it was an okay move. At this point, I am making exactly the same amount off e bay as transcribing, and I have over 500 vintage items to sell so that will last a while. Even if just for a month or two, gives me time to regroup. Thanks for your support here. I thing we recovering MTs and people who are in the life (Mting) need a group like that around here. LOL.

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