WhOle LotTa SpeNdinG MoNey

Ever heard the saying “if I have checks, I can spend money”. Well, now it’s “I’ve got a debit card, I’ve got money to spend”.

Normally, I do. After all the bills are paid I have a pre-paid card all the leftovers go to for what I like to call my “play” money.  Unfortunately, with the way I have set up my accounts, each comes with debit card and that’s not always a good thing.

The goal for May’s Monthly Money challenge is to only carry the slush money card and my cash envelope money.  I’m only four days into this challenge and it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. There is a temptation to transfer any left over in the main accounts to the slush…that is a no-no.

Setting limits sucked as a child and it’s even worse as an adult.

But, on the plus side, my little piggy bank is getting pretty heavy!!!!

DEBITS

Reflections of a Lenten Fast

This year, I really couldn’t think of what I should abstain from for Lent. I no longer go out, drink, fall down, get back up and do it again. So removing alcohol wasn’t a choice. Soda, umm..maybe. Coffee, oh hells no.

So what should I do?

I thought I would abstain from purchasing of paper supplies, office supplies, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, washi tape and Filofaxes. Not even purchases from Etsy, Amazon or Pick Your Plum.  Cold turkey.

Yea well, that lasted nineteen days…Actually it was far better than I thought I would do. I was surprised I lasted 7 days to be truthful. For the past decade, any extra money I had went to camping gear, fabric, books and other medieval anachronistic endeavors. Now that my hobby is paper crafting…boy, I think I have enough paper supplies to make a tree cry.

So what did I learn….

  • Stay away from the flame. Old saying of “if you don’t want to get burned, stay away from the fire” is so true. I should have also removed myself from my Instagram and planner groups during the season. Seeing what others bought really enhanced my “want” meter
  • Suspend monthly auto purchases. I have a project life kit from Studio Calico, I should have suspended this during my “fast”
  • Do not carry your debit card unless it is for banking purposes (temptation, it’s burning a hole in your pocket my friend)
  • Pay cash for everything!

Most importantly, I learned that I do have enough. That God will always be the source of supply and having that washi tape is not going to fill my heart with gladness.

I gave up beer for Lent one year…and that was way easier than giving up my papery goodies!

Photo Source: JR. Forasteros (click to read others ideas of Lent)

KEepiNg It ToGEtHer!

Keeping it Together

One of numerous conditions that come with Fibromyalgia is “fibro fog” (as explained by WebMd; a total loss of energy and difficulty concentrating). This condition is of the devil, not only will you forget words, forget schedules but you could end up taking your medication twice because you literally can’t remember taking it thirty seconds ago. Srsly! It’s happened.

So, what does one do to combat this evil villain? First, we nap…kidding

Today, I would like to introduce you to my little friends

First, let’s go digital. There are two smart phone apps that I utilize that serve as a reminder to take my meds and another to record my pain and flare days. I use Pillboxie to record the time I need to take my meds, the milligrams and dosage. It can be checked off when the pill is taken and can also be sent via email in case you need to give a physician an accurate picture of your medication

The other app I utilize is My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain and Symptom tracker. This is a great, customizable tool to record your migraines, pain levels, type of pain, and what you did to recover. It does come with a cost but I consider it worth the price.

The second item I use are my personal planners. I haven’t looked up the scientific facts but writing something down does sometimes help with the memory…sometimes being operative word here. I have to admit, it’s not a fail-safe measure but it is mighty helpful. 

I keep a classic size Aurora Franklin Covey planner for my main calendar. This binder also contains this blogs planner as well. All appointments, reminders and blog plans are in this binder.

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For my day-to-day activities I use a personal size filofax. (see my instagram account @dragonflykeep or #dragonflykeep for my daily picture challenges using this planner). Currently, I print out the inserts from the DIYFish Life Mapping system I have found through Etsy  I am using the LMPlanner, V2.1 for personal sized planners. It contains a day on two pages,  along with Monthly calendar, monthly checklist and weekly checklist.  I would recommend loading DIYFish into YouTube and see how others use this planning system.

With these tools, I can at least have a consistent record of my days. Yes, I make plans and they’re often marked cancelled or rescheduled. I feel lucky enough to have a tomorrow, even if all my items didn’t get finished that day.  It’s not to stress me out that I have vacuumed my closet in two weeks, just a reminder that when I have a moment of energy…that task can be done.

If this systems of days and trackers stresses you out and makes you anxious, try they brain dump method. Each night, prior to going to bed, write anything and everything down. Whatever is floating around in that head. Releasing those thought onto paper can help with sleeping a bit more peacefully.

Give these a try and let me know what works for you.

blogs I adore\{Roben-Marie}

This months installment of Blogs I Adore is that of Roben-Marie {Every Life Has a Story}. She is one of the central people in the Documented Life Project that I have been slowly following since the beginning of the year.  If you are interested in starting an art journal, I would highly recommend following Roben-Marie!!

Follow this link to Roben-Marie’s site for the Documented Life Project