Hello. My name is Sarah. I am a young(ish) adult working full time in Alberta.
I’ll give as much context as I can in short form so I don’t end up writing a novel.
8 months ago, I was at the end of an alcohol addiction, but still functioning at work and with general daily errands. I keep very, very few close friends and last spring, 2 of them, who do not drink, cut me out of their lives because of how draining I had become. Two days later, my third friend, who was also an alcoholic like myself, was found dead in her house because of alcohol related organ failure.
I was in shock over the next few weeks, so much so, that I had quit drinking completely. I have been sober ever since my friends funeral last May, not even out of effort, but it somehow wrecked me enough that I had completely forgotten about it.
Immediately, I had started weekly therapy. My insurance only covers $300 a year, so that was used up within a few visits. Although I work full time, I work at minimum wage. But I felt it was worth the money. I was on a sliding scale at $75 a week and thought I would be able to cut down on things to make it work. I also started medication, which is thankfully covered.
I quit smoking and started grocery shopping at the dollar store to try and make up for the counselling, as well as worked overtime when I was allowed to do so. However, about 3 months ago, my health began to decline. And this is where control of my finances went from recovering to declining beyond repair.
I am already quite small and was losing weight rapidly, I noticed my hair starting falling out in little handfuls and I was having difficulty lifting things or focusing at work. Through collaboration with my therapist and my work supervisor, I was put on a 2.5 week stress leave in October as I was no longer able to function at work.
When I came back to work, I was incomparably better and much more equipped to work and handle day to day stress. However, I knew I would have to figure something out for rent and my automatic bill withdrawals. I work in a lesser known skilled trade (we don’t get paid properly, but I love the job and try to make it work) and I am also a freelance artist in my off-time.
I tried my best to hunt out some commissions in a short period of time, but was unsuccessful in making enough to cover. I have no contact with my family and have recently lost all of my friends (indefinitely?), so I am unable to borrow. My job does not allow advances.
I was able to secure several payday loans to cover my rent for November. But because of this, the automatic repayments for the loans and their interest have put me in the negative. I know payday loaners should be avoided at all costs, but at the time, I felt like I had no other options and just wanted to make it through that month.
I have lived in my apartment for 2 years and this is the first time I have been unable to pay rent. I am usually resourceful but I believe I have come to the end of that. I had spoken to my landlord last week and he was understanding of the situation and has given me until December 15th to come up with rent for him.
Also, due to an extremely unusual shortage of work, staff have all been sent home twice this week. I was actually just phoned again today and asked not to come in on Monday. This is almost comically inconvenient, which sort of lead me to this site. My supervisors have been incredibly supportive throughout this whole ordeal, but are unable to help financially.
My rent is $1075. I expect my cheque to be around $700-$750(It’s normally about $1200) I still have the last of my payday loans coming out, as well as my bill payments, which will put me back in the negative.
Although this is a begging site, I am happy to offer some custom artwork in exchange if you would like as the title says. I would like to attempt to earn this. I have a few smaller canvases and would gladly paint whatever you would like. I am quite experienced and have a huge portfolio, so I promise it would be good quality.
I have also attached an image of my rental agreement with all personal information omitted.
Thank you for your consideration and I am willing to answer any questions excluding personal/security info of course.