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The Journey Begins
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Hello all,

I'm now on day 77 since the last and (I hope) final bet. In 29 days time I will be going on holiday for 2 weeks.

Question, is there any protocol/guidance for when on holiday? I don't at this stage feel that I should seek out a help group in Orlando, but is there anything you'd suggest that will help to keep me strong.

Thinking maybe, checking in with my groups chairman/secretary, posting in the whatsapp group etc? Will also be happy to continue my journal on here, as I find that whilst I waffle a bit the act of writing/typing itself brings me comfort and therapy.

I have some brilliant news this week, and this is also a real test of my resolve.

When I was out of work in December and preparing to change my life forever I decided to follow the money saving expert forums and ask the banks and credit card companies that I've used frequently over the years if I had any PPI.

Well it turns out that I have, and 2 weeks ago I received a cheque from one company equal to around half a months wages. I used this windfall to purchase holiday spending money so have had no urges to waste it.

This week though, the other company I contacted have also upheld a ppi complaint, and within the next 28 days I'll be getting a refund equivalent to 4.5 months wages. So my test will be to allocate this correctly and not listen to chirpy on my shoulder urging me to head to the downwards escalator. I don't know when it will arrive but my plan is simple...repay my wife what I owe her, roughly a third of the total amount. Repay the last of my credit cards in full and close the account, roughly another third of the total. Of the balance that is left tuck 40% away into savings for a rainy day as it's about a months worth of committed expenditure and pay the rest back to the bank of mum and dad who helped me clear the majority of my credit card debts when I confessed and embraced the GA program.

I expect to pass this test, however I will be honest and describe my feeling and thoughts when I actually get the money.....could be up to 28 days away so I have up to 4 weeks to prepare myself for the emotional onslaught. This is a massive deal to me, and important that I do not squander this once in a lifetime opportunity. I have to stay strong.

Can't wait to get to my next GA meeting and asking the room for their input too.

One day at a time I will not gamble.
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The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 09-01-2018, 08:30 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 13-01-2018, 09:46 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 17-01-2018, 04:43 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 23-01-2018, 09:17 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 24-01-2018, 11:18 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 01-02-2018, 09:44 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 13-02-2018, 05:29 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 13-02-2018, 05:47 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 20-02-2018, 10:51 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 28-02-2018, 12:07 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 28-02-2018, 12:28 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 06-03-2018, 10:41 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 12-03-2018, 11:19 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 20-03-2018, 10:48 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 27-03-2018, 06:36 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by smartie - 28-03-2018, 06:51 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 29-03-2018, 10:21 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 06-04-2018, 02:27 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 06-04-2018, 03:21 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 19-04-2018, 06:48 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 01-05-2018, 07:58 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 01-05-2018, 09:08 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 09-05-2018, 12:49 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 09-05-2018, 01:49 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 09-05-2018, 04:09 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 30-05-2018, 09:46 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 31-05-2018, 11:03 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 03-07-2018, 11:48 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 07-07-2018, 01:40 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 09-07-2018, 08:41 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 19-07-2018, 09:49 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 01-08-2018, 09:22 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Simmo - 01-08-2018, 09:39 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 02-09-2018, 08:25 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 18-09-2018, 07:43 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Chris_b - 18-09-2018, 10:39 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 11-10-2018, 10:17 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by Chris_b - 12-10-2018, 09:15 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 30-12-2018, 09:48 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by shoebox - 07-01-2019, 12:30 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 20-06-2019, 06:37 AM
RE: The Journey Begins - by StrengthToStop - 20-05-2020, 02:45 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by shoebox - 21-05-2020, 08:06 PM
RE: The Journey Begins - by gadaveuk - 04-07-2020, 05:48 AM

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