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Balancing Money – JANUARY 2011 Update

Its about that time again  . . . for  a Balancing Money Monthly Update!!


In case you missed the previous months updates:


Wow!  January was a TOUGH month.  I rang in 2011 sick on the couch with a bad cold.  I recovered enough to celebrate my 26th birthday with an awesome dinner and massage furnished by my boyfriend and another awesome dinner and “cake” with my family.  Mid month was spent buckling down in the harsh weather just trying to get through work and school like a robot.  This lead to an even WORSE cold/infection that caused me to be out of school and work for an entire week!



Yep, thats a big fat nothing to go into savings this month.  Although I am pretty bummed about that, I just have to be thankful that I was able to pay all my bills and still have enough to food shop and have a bit of allowance money for a cup of coffee or some cold/sick remedies.



Somehow I made it through WITHOUT touching my savings account.  Those of you who get paid bi-weekly know that there are 2 months in the year that you get paid 3 times.  I was lucky enough to have one of those months be January and although that paycheck is literally 30% of what it usually is, it was able to be just enough to get my rent covered.  I also had an extra $70 that I didn’t use from the two days I didn’t commute to school which helped but I must remember that I will be spending that money when I have to go and make up those classes.


I really did good with my allowance this month.  I really didnt go out much to any places that warranted spending any money so I was able to get by on just my starbucks gift cards.  This next month however I proclaimed that I will be cutting down my weekly allowance to $10 so I can balance out some hours missed from work.

Although January was pretty rough, I anticipate that February will be even worse.  One positive thing is that I am able to make a better distinction between needs and wants and I am buying a lot less junk! I do have a plan to handle the rough financial seas and Im confident that it will work :) Thank goodness its a short month and I will be filing my tax return soon!

All you money savers, how did you do in January?

Lessons From Within


Id say that I am about 73% better.  I have taken off over a week of work and school to take care of myself and I couldn’t possibly take any more.  As of tomorrow its time to get back into life.


Its been a hell of a ride.  Stress, emotional roller coasters and oh the physical pain of it.  I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!


I refuse to take something away from all of this.  There are a lot of things I learned this week, but one lesson is so damn important.


Looking back at the past month, I realized that I hadn’t really been the same person.  I felt almost like a robot just going through the motions of each hat I had to put on trying to do everything perfectly.  My life was GO GO GO.  I was either on or I wasn’t and those brief moments where I wasn’t quickly started to fade into GO GO GO time as well.


When I get stressed or overwhelmed, I do two things:

1. I binge eat

2. I become very compulsive with cleaning, organizing and errands.


I am SO SO happy to say that I have not binged since August 2010!  This is an amazing accomplishment but it is also bittersweet as I resort to stress reliever #2.


Lately, the house has been cleaner than it has been in a while.  As soon as I walk in the door I think of the to do list in my head of things that have to be done and do them.  I pick up clutter, I make the bed, Ill clean the bathroom, I organize a cabinet, I put away laundry, make a food list, I make sure there is nothing in the sink 2-3x per day. Before I knew it, I turned my time to rest & re-group into the hectic chaos of my everyday life. 


It was easier to distract myself from the stress than deal with it head on . . .


When I decided to ignore the signs with the help of my mind, my body kicked me down so hard.  So hard that I was forced to be taken away from it all.  The funny part is, even THEN I ignored it.  When I wasn’t screaming out in pain or laying in bed, I would think about to do lists, or do the dishes or throwaway clutter or feel tremendous GUILT from knowing I was letting people at work and school down.


With the tremendous help of the Abundant Self-Care Coach I was able to realize that I let taking care of myself become so unimportant that the ME in my life disconnected.  I was all business, I wasn’t having fun, I was following the tunnel vision that just told me to “get through it”. My outside world was defining me and nothing else.


In a way, it reminds me of when I used to hard core diet.  I would be good all week just so I can have that one meal or day that I can eat whatever I want.  In essence, this is the exact same thing.  Except the hard core diet are my work and school days, and that one meal is the short amount of time off.  Maybe I felt like if I worked hard then I would feel like I deserve to have that time to relax and do what I want. Only that time never came anymore . . . I never let it.



One scary thing about all of this is that I cant change the outside.  I cant work less hours, I cant only go to school one day a week and I cant change my days off. 


The only thing I can change is how I deal with the situation.


And that is what I shall do.  EVERY DAMN DAY I need to make sure there is a spot of time that I have for myself.  I have to literally push moments or minutes into my day that will take me out of robot mode and back to myself.  There needs to be a part of the day that I look forward to simply because I don’t have to wear any hats or have any responsibility. I need time to laugh, be silly, be stressed, be angry or be whatever the hell I want!


In my world of black and white, I MUST make grey.


I used to think self-care was all about taking the right vitamins or eating the right foods and exercising.  Although is a a big part of it . . . that’s just the CARE aspect.  The SELF aspect is really what makes that all possible.


Being yourself is important and is what makes everything possible.

Therefore . . . Taking time for yourself is the most important thing you can do. And if you choose to ignore this, eventually your body will let you know.  As bad as this whole thing was . . . it happened for a reason.



I have a few things that I will share in a future post about ways I WILL take care of myself a little each day.  What are the things that you do to take care of yourself?

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