The Gypsy Soul with an Accountant Heart

Oh I yearn to be a wild & free bohemian woman – a wild at heart kind of woman. Who throws caution to the wind and goes with the flow.  But I’m not. I may stick my nose up at you and go on my own journey but I do so with utter caution that would drive a saint crazy.

I have an opportunity at this time of my life to lean away from the norm and forge my own path. I think it is time to embrace with weirdness I’ve held aside and become a tree-hugging, carnivore, free-spirited middle-aged spinster I am meant to be.

As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting upon how some things are changing and how much of what I do remains the same. There has been much progress with my health. Yet, there is so much more I need to change (the whole “take your vitamins” & “drink your water” thing).

Next week is Halloween, but for us Celts it’s the beginning of a new year in the Celtic calendar. I am going to use this time to work on new goals and take some to time to really delve into what I want to accomplish with my life over the next three months to three years and beyond.

Are you ready for the new year? Why wait till January? Let’s start now!!

 

A Road Less Travelled

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World Mental Health Day

Sadly, one of the biggest numbers in the world of chronic fatigue statistics is suicide. That is why I wanted to bring to your attention to World Mental Health Day. There is a quote that I love that basically says “Be kind, you never know what battle a person is raging”

Those with chronic illness deal with so many symptoms that often include new ones we never had before. Social Anxiety, anxiety in general, depression…you name it, we are probably dealing with it. Also, when we change our habits to meet our health needs, we begin to lose friends, family and trusted mentors. Why? Often it because the person hasn’t taken the time to really investigate and understand what you are going through. Not everyone will understand that every day you feel like you were hit by a mac truck with all the symptoms of having a flu.

We mourn the loss of who we one were, we are challenged with what we have become and how we will endure the future.

Be kind.

Pick up the phone and just say hello

Let’s us know you have our back.

World Mental Health Day

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Oh, I left ya hanging

I am a bad blogger girl. I totally started on the Spending Freeze only to take off on a Summer break. Naughty! eh…as you know, I will get there…eventually.

The first fifteen days were awesome. I was on track, bills only being paid and the occasional item from the grocery store.  Then, I had a flare.

As well all know by now, my addiction is money. I has it, I spend it.  With the triggers set off, I went cray cray. The last part of the month was a nightmare. What I learned is that my spending habits are triggered by boredom, pain, depression-like symptoms, and the “I just want to feel better” excuse.

In order to prepare myself for another round of this in March, I have to start dealing with these triggers now. So with a bit of research on the interwebs, I found an article on keeping a food mood tracker. (and I lost the source). The author suggested to add four labels for the degrees of eating…(n) for normal, (f) something fun, special occasion, (m) for mindless eating and (b) for a binge.

Princess Fergie (one of my fave peeps btw), once said, while being a brand ambassador for a weight loss company, that “once you get your weight in proper perspective, money then follows right behind it” (very, very, very loosely translated). This simple lettering system can help me with not only my food journal but my spending as well.

Beginning October 1st, I will have a separate passport sized expense tracker just for this newest challenge I have for myself.

What has worked for you to keep your spending in check?

Finance Tracking

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