Spring! I really love this time of year in Arizona (but lately, Ugh! Hot!). The night-blooming jasmine and orange blossoms fill the air and I just love it. Spring and Fall are when I work on my outdoor projects because in the Summer, it’s not going to happen.
I prepped for my patio project, had my list ready and my trash bag all set. Then the unthinkable happened…it rained…for three days. My plans thwarted, again. This time by weather and not my body.
So there’s no before or after highly stylized set photos of my patio to share with you. I just want to put out there though, I do have a balcony that could use a makeover. HGTV is welcome to come on over and fix that. Just sayin’.
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Mission Status: Observation of Suspects Behavioral Attitudes in Spending
The gathered intelligence was that the Suspect would be participating in a No Spend Month in March. The suspect abruptly changed positions and that status abruptly changed. Through information from a Confidential Informant, we have ascertained that the Suspect is laying low. From what we obtained, is watching her money rather closely. In the photographic evidence below we know for certain there has been a lull in our Suspects spending habits.
The evidence suggests that the Suspect is connecting her emotional status to how she spends. We witnessed the Suspect at two major big-box stores but arrived to home base with no new purchases.
We will continue surveillance at this time.
Light Green = No Money Spent; Pink = $ spent of food not made at home; Orange = $ spent while tired/in pain; Red = Impulse Purchase not on the 30 day wait list; Purple = all out shopapolooza
Last year I took on this challenge and failed miserably. I can honestly say that I don’t think I made it eight hours.
So why do it again? Because I can. At 6:30pm today I will be handing over My Precious into the capable hands of Mother Superior and will be begging on my hands and knees for it back at 6:30pm Saturday. TWENTY-FOUR hours!
I will be occupying my time doing things I should be doing all along…reading a good book, painting, crafting, plannernating (that’s a word for the creative planning) and maybe a nap…or two.
You still have time to join.
And if I make it the whole day…I’M BUYING A PLANNER!
Over the last couple of months I have seen all my specialists and even brought in a new one to deal with. One common connection…”you need to lose weight”.
Yes, I am aware.
Not one word that my blood tests came back with an indication that I’m showing dehydration in my blood but nonetheless, I’m fat. Thanks for playing docs! My chronic illness didn’t come with the weight loss package!
I won’t lie. I’m feeling a bit defeated right now. The change in my eating habits has resulted in less bloating and a bit more energy but no real weight loss as of yet. I do notice that I am not drinking enough water and need to step that up.
Meh. I’m off to do some self care research so I don’t eat my weight in gluten!
Just short of a month from now it will be Spring…somewhere…because I live in the armpit of hell and we don’t have seasons. Anyway, I wanted to share how I am going to tackle my Spring Cleaning this year. You know what this is right? The annual “throw open the windows and let the fresh air of the new season waft through your home as you are scrubbing the baseboards to a brilliant shine!”
In my former rabbit paced life, that would have been the scenario. There is no cleaning of the home from top to bottom for three days for me anymore. I do have help with major parts of the home that allow me to utilize the FlyLady’s method of cleaning one area each week. (and yes, I have stickers for that). Since I still hold down a 9 to 5 job, I do pay to have help around the house. However, there areas that are strictly mine to take care of.
Last year, I took 52 areas/spots in my living space to tackle and even joined in with a cleaning/de-clutter event held by one of favorite planner peeps. This year, I am picking on area to work on. One. My fugly patio. It’s just bad. Dead plants, cushions losing their fabric, rusted garden tools bad!
Now here’s the first thing I did…ready, pre-planning. (yes, I love planning #allthethings!). I took a look around my patio and identified all the items that needed to be cleaned, trashed, replaced, repaired and even added a few items to purchase. Then I sat down with my calendar and picked two Saturdays that I don’t have other plans. I overdo and I didn’t want my Saturday filled with errands and cleaning. I picked a date for the removal of trash, then a date of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs, and so forth. By the time I’m done it will be Spring!
Next month, I will update you with professional looking before and after’s worthy of HGTV. No, not really, but one can wish.
Webster’s Dictionary defines Important as marked by or indicative of significant worth. In last month’s series we spoke about urgent tasks and now here comes important. Last month I talked about Urgent tasks, and those are the “put out the damn fire” task items. Important tasks for me are those pesky “I gotta do this” to do’s.
For instance, I have four phone calls to make this week. I would add them to my planner but with no red star to signify urgency. Don’t get me wrong here, these are items that have to be completed this week. If I find that I’m simply procrastinating, I can quickly turn these over to the Urgent side with simple red star.
Again, I have to say that determining what is urgent and important will be up to you and your needs. This exercise is individual driven but I think it lightens the load a little when you seem to have days when you have a flare and you can pop open the planner to see if there is anything requires your attention.
This has become a huge help to me as many of my plans often go astray. I just want to be able to know that before I crash out on my lovely bed, I’ve taken care of what needs to be done.
What do you consider Urgent versus Important? Share your thoughts in the comments below
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I wanted to share a few sources for cash envelopes with you all. The most super easy way is to go to the local dollar store, buy a box of small envelopes, grab a pen, purchase, go home, write on envelopes and stuff with the cash. Done.
Buh….I’m a paperaddict…some of us might want to use stickers, washi and different colored pens…oh my. Truth is, as with most things in life. you can make this system as simple or as complicated as you want. Below are some of my favorite sources for setting up a cash envelope system. From basic blank envelopes to an app created by Dave Ramsey’s group. Click those links people!
For those who like to make your own, I used this tutorial to make tabs for my wallet – I laminated mine and used basic craft paper.
Or if you are very crafty & own a sticker maker, this is an awesome tutorial (and when you make your set, I’d like one to please!)
Lastly, for those who just don’t do paper and need an app for that, there is EveryDollar from the Dave Ramsey peeps!
For me, I’m sticking with the tabs and savings account. It’s how I roll.
The first month of being cash only has come to an end and all I have to say is…can I get a do-over?
There is still a lot of growing pains with this new habit. What I did observe was my impulse purchasing went down. I tended to stay away from my usual websites by keeping a list of “wants” and talking myself out of items. I was very vigilant in writing down every penny in and every penny out.
The hurdle I still face is with the Sink Funds & Cash envelopes. I did have the cash I needed, when I needed it, for the windshield wipers. However, some of that leftovers in that category went towards a trip to Hobby Lobby as well. Meh.
So what to do!? Frist, I am going to factor in an envelope category for “Mad Money”. This is the funds left over each pay period that will go towards this and when that is gone, it’s gone. So if the left overs are $10 or $50, that is what I get to spend. It may not be the best idea I have ever come up with but it will a good place to start.
I’m a spender, which is fine. Having a mad money category fulfills my need to spend and still feel good because all my bills are paid, I emergency money and 3% of my paycheck is being saved. So it’s not all a loss!
Also, I wanted to share with you Rachel Cruze – the daughter of Dave Ramsey. She has her own book out and a great YouTube channel as well. These little segments have been a great help for me – check her out here.
Any suggestions dear readers?