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17th-May-2011 11:45 am
PolkHappy
Poll #1742359 A year in the life

One year ago today (May 17, 2010) was your income higher, lower or the same as it is today?

higher
26(24.1%)
lower
40(37.0%)
the same
33(30.6%)
I can't remember
2(1.9%)
Something else (what?)
7(6.5%)

One year ago today (May 17, 2010), was your relationship status the same or different than what it is today?

The same
88(82.2%)
Different-I was single then, today I'm not
5(4.7%)
Different-I was in a relationship then, today I'm not
5(4.7%)
I can't remember
0(0.0%)
Something else (what?)
9(8.4%)

As best as you can recall, are you happier, less happy or is your happiness level about the same as it was one year ago today?

I'm happier now
33(31.1%)
I'm less happy now
23(21.7%)
My happiness level is about the same
36(34.0%)
I'm not sure
14(13.2%)
Something else (what?)
0(0.0%)

Can you remember what you were doing on May 17, 2010?

Yes, specifically I can
5(4.8%)
No, but I have a general idea of what I was doing then
67(64.4%)
No, I have no recollection what I was doing then
31(29.8%)
Something else (what?)
1(1.0%)

In the past 365 days... (select all that apply to you)

I got married
4(1.7%)
I broke up with someone
13(5.4%)
I became a parent
1(0.4%)
Some person close to me passed away
21(8.7%)
I got a new pet
19(7.9%)
I lost a pet
21(8.7%)
I graduated from something
12(5.0%)
I started a new job
37(15.3%)
I lost a job
10(4.1%)
I began a new intimate relationship
14(5.8%)
I travelled to another continent
12(5.0%)
I moved my residence
29(12.0%)
Something else wonderful happened to me (please tell us about it in a comment)
17(7.0%)
Something awful happened to me (please tell us about it in a comment, unless doing so makes you uncomfortable)
16(6.6%)
None of the above happened to me
16(6.6%)
Comments 
17th-May-2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
My income is exactly the same, but I've reduced my expenses tremendously while also moving into a nicer place, so it feels higher.

My happiness level evens out as higher, but I still have the same frustrations as last year (same stupid boring dead-end job, no closer to graduating). I've become much better at connecting with those around me which helps a lot.
17th-May-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
I had to pick started new job and lost a job - it was actually converting from contract to FTE
17th-May-2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't move in the past 365 days - but I'm moving next week :) I also started another course at university, which is why my income is lower, since I'm only working part-time.
17th-May-2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I became a parent for the second time. Can a person do that? I had a child, so I selected that option. Exciting!
17th-May-2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
My church was victim to arson on April 2nd.
17th-May-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
In the last year, I started college, and learned to drive (kinda...). I have a new cat who I LOVE, but I lost 2 older cats who I also loved.

I have the same amount of income, but now I spend it a lot more frivolously. I have to work on that.

I feel like my anxiety levels have skyrocketed, and my happiness levels have plummeted.
17th-May-2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
My company was acquired (MAJOR STRESS AND BADNESS) and my old job that I loved was no longer available. Fortunately the acquiring company offered me a different job. I don't like it as much as my old job but it's certainly not bad.
17th-May-2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
My income is the same, but I got more scholarship money this semester for school so that when up :)

Something wonderful didn't happen to me directly, but my brother purchased his first home, and he is family so I counted that. We are close, and now when I go home to visit family I can stay with my parents or my brother, which is awesome.

17th-May-2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Personally, my income is higher, but since my husband quit his job and stopped receiving the GI Bill after graduation, our household income is lower.
17th-May-2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I applied (and got accepted to) grad school. :)
18th-May-2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Something awful -- roommate drama (resolved since the roommate no longer lives with us) and an emergency appendectomy that disrupted some very carefully laid plans. So nothing life-changingly terrible but I'd consider them both pretty awful in the now ;)
18th-May-2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Income: My income is very dependant on how many days I work each week. Two pays my bills, three allows me to build up a surplus for when I don't work enough and four allows me to buy nice things (books, DVDs, etc). It seems that I may be able to work more this year and with a slight pay raise that means my income could be significantly larger. But I won't know for a while.

A year ago: I couldn't remember specifically but I keep a record with an online calendar so I was able to look and see that I worked that morning and spent the evening with people from church. This year I spent the morning working and the evening fixing Common Knowledge data for the Wheel of Time series at LibraryThing.com

Over the year: I've lived through a couple of big quakes and a multitude of aftershocks. (Nothing like what Japan is going through right now though.) After the first of those I spent time with a friend and we got a little intimate but that didn't last. I also helped my parents shift residence, all of 300 metres / 0.2 miles.
18th-May-2011 04:20 am (UTC)
If you would've posted this 5 days from now, I could have checked off the "I graduated from something" box, but the "I started a new job" box would be unchecked.
18th-May-2011 05:16 am (UTC)
went to europe, that's it. same job, same pay. same life. i'm really bored.
22nd-May-2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Coincidently last may in year I was in a very similar situation as I am now. My partner was overseas. Only this time he is overseas because of his work commitments (in china) and last year he was ona safari with his dad and friends(in south africa(he is south african)

I have been in the mean time to SA again in march :), and in september we'll tie the knot :)
22nd-May-2011 11:22 am (UTC)
well in southern africa.

I had some small jobs that were limited in duration such as doing surveys on public transport for the public transport company.
1st-Jun-2011 01:27 am (UTC) - College
FINALLY started college last fall, even though I was three years late

and finished my first year a few weeks ago. ^_^
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