😠 Tam’s Jam: The cost of living is too dam high (June 2022)

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In this issue: My ongoing experience with long COVID, my new essay exploring what do against the rising cost of living, and a new book recommendation in The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. Vamos!

😷 Living with long COVID for 6 months

As many of you already know, I’ve been battling long COVID since the beginning of the year.

It has really sucked. 😛

I’m not able to work out like I used to. I’m forced to cancel plans all the time. I wake up not knowing if I’ll have energy to do what I want to do on any given day.

While I am feeling generally better today, it has been (and continues to be) one heck of a journey.

I wrote about my experience here with reflections/lessons learned throughout this process. If you’re going through a major health issue or simply want to know what it’s like, you would find this piece interesting.

➡️ Read: My Experience Living with Long COVID in My Twenties

😾 What Should We Do When The Cost of Living Is Way Too Expensive?

The cost of living is ridiculous.

It doesn’t matter where you’re living. You have most likely felt the impact of rising costs of rent, food, and gas without seeing the same increases in wages.

Half of Americans can’t find $400 in case of an emergency. As inflation heats up, 64% of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck.

This is freaking stressful. What should we do!?!?

I’ve talked to many of my friends and read several responses online about solutions. Here are some of the major themes I’ve seen:

  1. Save money
  2. Make more money
  3. “Lie flat”
  4. Move abroad
  5. What I’m doing…

I explore each of these themes, share the pros and cons of each, and reveal what I’ve been thinking about.

I don’t have the answers but I hope this 2,674-word essay that I spent weeks writing (and thinking about) will both:

  • Open your mind to something new
  • Start a helpful discussion towards solutions that are right for you.

➡️ Read: What Should We Do When The Cost of Living Is Way Too Expensive?

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  • 🙌 Congratulations to Nick Gray for launching his book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small Gatherings, today! I’ve been a longtime fan of Nick’s blog and his approach to building community. Check out the official website for more details or buy it directly on Amazon.
  • 💜 I’ve admired Andrew Callaghan (former founder of All Gas No Brakes, current owner of Channel 5 on YouTube) for his refreshing on-the-ground journalism. His recent video covering the NRA Conference was eye-opening to me as someone who (honestly) hasn’t gone outside my bubble much. His other video interviewing citizens of Ukraine was also eye-opening and very moving for me.
  • 💪 It takes true courage to know when to give up. I’ve watched this clip of a UFC fighter quitting mid-fight several times and I admire his self-awareness to know when to throw in the towel. Fun fact: After quitting mid-fight, he has since won two professional bouts in a row.

🙂 Before you go

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  • 🇳🇵 Nepal? — October.  I raised ~$2,000 for a non-profit to help rebuild a small village that was demolished by a massive earthquake. I had plans to volunteer in 2020 for my birthday but COVID hit. I hope to make a visit this year if the stars align!

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With gratitude,

Tam

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