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Another Version of Myself - Non-fiscal related post ahead

May 25th, 2016 at 05:36 am

Or the appearance of the 14th Doctor, though I imagine I'd be the 15th?!

Been a rough haul of late. Got out of one medical drama (husband) and then moved onto anxiety issues with my oldest son (one stemming from a moderate medical condition that unfortunately coincided with DH's medical issue). Two visits to a pediatrician (one covering/one our regular), an ultrasound, a visit to the specialist. Conclusion: outpatient surgery can eradicate the problem if it persists.

My goal now is simple and healthy living. In the future that may include art therapy/yoga/acupuncture/massage/etc. - all that is holistic and whole. Of course, this decision doesn't coincide well with our summer spent away (though a change of scenery to a beautiful place without the stress and chaos of our usual lives will be welcomed). I've decided that the grocery budget needs to be increased. [Full disclosure/confession: my bout of depression made it virtually impossible to do anything other than survive - and it was a lot of prepared and convenience foods.]

Biggest thing I've done is stop comparing. That comparison thing that I'd do made me feel bad and I turned into one of those people dwelling on the negative. Authentic living? HA. Call me a fairly successful fraudster. More than several people said they couldn't believe what was going on (DH's medical issues) because I didn't say anything and my demeanor didn't change. The real friends knew, but acquaintances from church not really.

So we've had two graduations (oldest from high school last Sunday, oldest son had cap and gown Mass yesterday). We've got a party planned for June 4th. My mom has gifted me some funds to get started with the planning and buying. It's an open house and I've invited roughly 100 people (some of those are largish families with smallish children). My daughter purchased "2016 Graduate" t-shirts for herself and brother E. I thought that was very sweet of her - they have a nice bond.

Well, that's about all for now.

Fiscally, I have:

1) Gotten tired of tracking and spending Frown

2) Gotten tired of looking at ads and coupons and stacking Frown

3) Not used credit cards with the exception of opening one for a $200 credit on airline tickets

4) Switched my family over to cell phones from landlines, consolidated phone plans, put us all on I-phones (4s or 5s purchased certified refurbished from Amazon) which will save significantly in the long run

5) received good news about financial aid and scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year

9 Responses to “Another Version of Myself - Non-fiscal related post ahead”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Comparison is the thief of joy - Theodore Roosevelt

    I've been thinking of moving our family to Ting. It looks like all of our current phones could make the switch. Would likely cut our bill in half. I'm working on the health stuff too. Hoping to add yoga in this fall, if finances allow, of course! Smile

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Hoping your depression has lifted. You've had some rough challenges; forgive yourself! I, too, can fall into the trap of making myself miserable by comparing my lot to others. It's a dead end. I think I have finally learned to welcome the joys of my lot, however big or small.

  3. laura Says:

    @ CCF, Thank you for that quote. I just listened to audio-version of the biography of Theodore Roosevelt, and I really admire him. Not surprised that he originated that quote.

    @ CB, I think its very helpful to mindful of what is going right in life. And definitely finding ways to cultivate joy.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    You are welcome! Smile

  5. scottish girl Says:

    I'm bad for comparing too, especially on Facebook. I have to remind myself that people only post the good parts of their lives. Simple and healthy living sounds good Smile

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Agree with all these wise women! Lots of joyful events happening for you!

  7. Frugalista Says:

    I am contemplating deactivating my FB page for the summer. I'm not the envious type but seeing the great places people are visiting make me feel sorry for myself. Granted, I choose to spend money on lavish vacations because I have other plans and those take precedence. Congrats to your graduates!

  8. Frugalista Says:

    I meant to say, I choose not to spend money on lavish vacations.

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I love the that quote as well. It's a really insightful to realize that you've been dragged down by comparing.

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