I used to work from home for more than eight years as an Independent Contractor. I received the same salary for seven years and I did not complain. Yes, that’s right. Although I was paid a rate that is enough for my skills, I negotiated a rate that would somehow cover everything that my daughter and I would need. Unexpectedly, on the eighth year, I received an increase. =) It was the largest salary I ever had in my entire working life, even if I did not have benefits.
When I returned back to the corporate world, I knew I would receive a pay cut because I applied for a full time position that offers benefits. And that was okay with me. I have been working for the same employer for more than two years now. Unexpectedly, this year, after I came back from my vacation sometime in June, I was surprised to find out an unexpected amount on my payroll atm card. I inquired from the Payroll staff and they have confirmed that I was given a salary increase. It is not normal to have an annual salary increase in my current employer. It is the first time I had a salary increase ever since I started with them way back in 2016.
Since it was really unexpected, I thanked my boss for giving me an increase. She told me that I did a great job and that I should continue with it.
So what did I do with my salary increase? I did not do a lifestyle upgrade. In fact, it is timely since my daughter is in Senior High School and there are just a lot of expenses especially that her strand is Fashion Design.
There is only thing that I really did feel. Gratitude. It has been my constant feeling after surpassing a lot of trials. As a token of gratitude, I donated a certain amount to charity.
I believe we do not have to be crazy rich before we share some of our blessings with others.
How about you? What will you do when you get a salary increase?