Last week ended on a rough note. I kinda lost it. I was so frustrated with life that I just blew. All the little (and some big) things that I’ve been dealing with pretty well, just started to seem like insurmountable hurdles…
The washer? I’ve been okay with waiting on a new one or a new to us one and have been pretty patient – maybe not happy but working on a plan to get a new one. Until – Matilda the Basset Hound ate a whole lotta cream cheese that she stole off of the counter and threw up all over the sofa. Every stinking sofa cushion. And the stinking is an adjective in more ways than one. Yuck. The washer may sound better with our “poverty fix”, but it’s not washing very well. Yuck. I could only wash a slipcover or two at a time and even then they didn’t look or smell much better. I confess that I took the stick out that holds the washer at the appropriate angle and tried to beat the washer to death. Didn’t even dent the washer – shattered the stick. Might have scared a few family members in the process. Sorry guys.
The bad mood continued for two days. Bad moods aren’t productive. They happen because we are human, but they don’t solve any problems. They just create more – like guilt, anger, hurt feelings and headaches. I’ve gotten back to work on the three biggest issues that are causing our life to be less than perfect – the three main obstacles to a simpler, more intentional life:
- Clutter and it’s contribution to an untidy, less than serene home
- A diet and exercise that contributes to better health and to us feeling better mentally and physically
- Financial well-being which includes better money management, a savings account and paid-off debt.
On Friday, we went to Houston to help our second daughter move into her first home post-graduation from college. She moved from a suburb of Houston to almost down-town. She did a lot of research and found a cute little apartment in a great neighborhood at a reasonable price. Very proud of her. Did I mention that it’s on the third floor? She decluttered a lot of stuff, but the apartment is still on the third floor. A big thank you goes out to family in Houston that dropped everything on a Saturday and came to help haul stuff up. Up to the third floor in case I forgot to mention it.
She has inspired me to come home and recommence the decluttering effort. I can’t imagine (and don’t want to) what it would take to move us at this point. More has gotta go.
Anyway, I’m working on trimming down the budget some more to increase our debt snowball plan. I went back to look at the totals when we first started so I could feel a little bit more encouraged about the whole process and we have made some!
I’ve re-subscribed to The Fresh 20 meal that we used to use. I’m not advertising here, but I find it to be really helpful. I got an email for 40% off the subscription and it seemed like a good omen. I like it for three reasons:
- It helps limit the amount of groceries I buy. I tend to overbuy and we waste some food or just have too much in the pantry. I’d rather have just what we need and use the extra cash to pay on a bill.
- It includes a lot of veggies and fruit so we eat healthier. It’s reviewed by a dietician so I feel better about our diet.
- The main reason. I don’t have to figure out what we’re going to have for dinner. That’s less stress for me and we are less likely to eat out at the last minute because I didn’t have a plan.
I’m getting closer to an actual budget (as opposed to a spending record). I’m using You Need a Budget which I find to be very friendly for a non-numbers person like me. The subscription is $5 monthly which is worth it for me because it helps keep me on track (and does the math for me). I just found out about Mint which is a free online budget. I’m trying it out, but am struggling with it a bit. It doesn’t track debts as well that are closed credit accounts or medical debts. It links to open credit accounts and automatically tracks payments, interest, and balances. Once again, not an advertisement – just information on what’s working for me.
And that’s why this post is titled Losing It.
Last week, I lost it and had a complete meltdown. That sucked and was not helpful.
Now I’m to lose it in a good way:
- Lose more stuff!
- Lose food waste, unhealthy food and lose weight!
- Lose unnecessary budget expenses and debt!
Life is all about choices. I’m going to keep trying to make good ones.