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Pole Kitten arching on pole

And the increase starts...NOW

I feel like my chest is being compressed. Today is the first day that my rent (the combined rent of both my business and home) increases by $1,400 per month. That's not my total rent, that's my rent INCREASE - on top of what I'm used to paying each month. We don't move until the 29th, but we had to start paying rent today. It's more frightening than I expected it to be.

It's not that I can't pay the increase, it's that the increase means I might have to change my lifestyle. The important thing is to focus on the positive. If I let myself, I could easily think about all the vacations, cruises, sexy club clothes, dinners out, shows, gifts and more money toward retirement that I could use that $1,400 per month for. But instead, I choose to focus on how incredibly lucky I am to have had such cheap rent in the past. The cheap rent has allowed me to build my business slowly, without borrowing money. It has allowed me re-invest my profits into the business, including traveling to other states for pole dance training with some of the best instructors in the country. It has allowed me to keep the cost of classes down. It has allowed me to put in unpaid time into training new instructors so that I can build my future. It has been a tremendous blessing and my business will continue to reap the benefits of those years of dirt cheap rent, long after my new rent increase. It's quite scary, an increase that big. But I am prepared. And that's really the true definition of luck: when preparation meets opportunity. I've been working very hard and building the business and I'm prepared for this change.

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