I finally decided to stop letting my circumstances dictate my life so much.
At one point I had stopped working out because there are ALWAYS people at my house and I felt embarrassed when I would come home from jogging and be all sweaty and gross, or trying to do my workout at home with strange men watching.
But, I had to get over it. Let them stare. I'm not going to become a chubster because of this insane remodel. So there!
|Yummy Slow Carb Salad|
Another change I have been making lately is in my finances. My husband provides for us well, but every month there seems to be very little to save at the end. I realized that I am a "boredom shopper". I tend to shop just to have something to do. Right now, with the remodel, I have had to pack away most of my crafts, hobbies, and books. I also find it difficult to garden or do many of my outdoor activities because of the people here all the time. Add to that, I have to stay within a few minutes of my house many days because of deliveries and other things, you have a recipe for extreme boredom. I realized that I was shopping a lot (we have lots of lovely little stores right near us), not because I actually needed anything, but because I was trying to find something to do.
|My little display, for Bellevalia Designs, at the Skinny Pig Restaurant in Spring, TX|
|Our garden beds. We are adding eight more!|
|One of my hibiscus flowers about to open.|
The thing is, I don't want to end up in a nursing home when I'm older or be a burden to my family. I want to invest and save enough now so that my husband and I are well able to care for ourselves in our golden years.
But, it's not only that. I'm tired of not being able to buy nice long lasting things, because I bought so many cheap little things. Or not be able to travel because we went out to eat too many times. It's just silly.
Already I am seeing a difference in our accounts, and the amount of money we are able to put into savings has increased dramatically. All by not boredom shopping, and cutting out dining out.
I have so many things that I have really been coming to terms with in myself lately. Sometimes it seems to be so daunting to realize all of the things that I need to fix in myself, but just like with health, you have to start, you have to take it one day at a time, you have to keep going even during setbacks, in order to achieve the desired results.
|She just graduated to yellow belt! "A black belt is a white belt that never gave up!"|
|Me and my oldest at a family gathering this past Fourth of July.|
|My littlest cutie with our new dog, Rosie.|