If you've been following the blog so far you'll know I'm only just starting out and that's not exactly proving hurdle-free between grappling with the benefit system, jumping through hoops and trying to stick to pacing (for the M.E.)
I'm now off of Job Seekers Allowance and waiting for New Enterprise Allowance to kick in - I've filled in all the forms but nobody seems to know where they are. (This should probably surprise me but really doesn't) I've applied for a start-up loan too but that takes a few weeks (plus delays because of the proximity to Christmas) for them to make a decision and send out a loan agreement...or tell me to hop it!
Meanwhile the very long battle to overturn a decision about Disability Living Allowance continues. 38 weeks in now I have another 2-6 weeks to wait for an appeal date. All I can say is I wish I could do all the things they assume I'm capable of, instead of being stuck in bed unable do anything so much of the time. I can totally see why people give up though, it's been so long, fighting at every step with no guarantees of getting anything out of it at the end...it's pretty soul destroying every time another letter comes saying they still don't believe me :(
Anyway, the point of this post isn't to wallow in self pity. Yes I'm skint & struggling financially but hell no, that's not going to stop me! I've been busy putting photos up this morning following a clear out. A lot of it isn't really like what I'll be eventually selling on the site so it's a bit of a fundraising jumble sale. I'm not asking for megabucks for any of it, just to cover any postage charges & donate a bit to the start up funds so I don't starve or become homeless. OK, that's maybe a little melodramatic but still, cheap goodies for you, hope for my little business and the independence it'll bring for me - sounds a fair exchange don't you agree?
So, do me a huge favour & go have a look at my fundraiser pages & maybe grab a bargain.
Cheers my dears!