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Changing my Mindset Saturday

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I spent most of my last two days off giving thought to how I can improve working with the team and increasing my knowledge set. I broke my own cardinal rule and let my anger burn within me over some comments made by individuals who i give too much credit too. I had to calm myself down, not let anyone take me out of my right standing with God. What was I thinking, and how could I allow myself to give any one person that much control over my feelings and emotions. NOT.

I ran errands and basically kept to myself Friday and Saturday. When I got off work Friday, I stayed up basically and check off things on my to-do list to take of Kelly business and frame my future. I got down and dirty about my education, where I want to go this semester since I jumped in now feet first. I am looking at my finances especially since I am sitting through another round of financial peace. Wow, what a difference a week makes, a month makes. Getting more clarity of thought and really thinking things through.

I wholeheartedly am glad to hold off buying my vehicle and trying to buy my condo this year. I need a stronger, firmer, financial foundation which I will create and get into the meat and potatoes of saving three to six months of salary, as taught in Financial Peace. I am focusing heavily on doing some serious cardio, getting my fruits and veggies in and watching my portions. Thankfully this has been a mild winter and hopefully soon I can get out and do some walking more through the apartment complex. I have to work with what I got, enhance another avenue of income and become my best walking advertisement. emoticon

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MTNGRL 1/29/2012 1:01PM

    I think you are wise to consider working towards a stronger financial foundation. It is hard to say no to a purchase but so much harder to put up with the stress of being stretched to the max. Been there myself through circumstances and life where even necessities where limited. Trying to decide between what I need and what I want requires looking at the big picture instead of getting instant gratification.
Good luck with your plan!

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RAINSTORM17 1/28/2012 11:06PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan in place. emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 1/28/2012 11:04PM

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Keep up the good work.

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All Things in its own perspective

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am learning to put things within their own perspective. I came home this morning feeling discouraged, rather beat up. Little things went goofy yesterday at work and I let it wear down my spirit. I wanted to talk to my Mom and just wanted to curl up in bed and stay their forever. This is when my emotional eating goes high and I ended up having a couple of hotdogs, yes hotdogs with buns. emoticon Thankfully there are no cupcakes stores near me because I would have done some damage considering the emotional state I was in. It took me a while to settle down for bed this morning, one poodle was fussy and I just wanted to get my mind right to feel better about the whole perspective.

Well it is four in the afternoon, I just got up and took the poodles out for fresh air. It is nice and sunny and breezy today. I spot cleaned my carpet a bit and made a snack to eat. For the most part, I feel a bit rested, that feeling of anxiety has passed a bit. I still am thinking about work and what went wrong. I am also clear headed now that I can think about what I can do to improve and make this shift tonight (my last for the week) a better shift. I went to my prayer closet and ask God for guidance, wisdom and revelation knowledge. I know I do not have all the power or the answers, but I do know this one thing that I can always, always go to God in prayer! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/27/2012 5:11AM

    Wishing you a better day ahead!

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MTNGRL 1/26/2012 8:06PM

    Yes God is the answer and prayer is the path. Praying for a better day. Hugs!!

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FITFABJENN 1/26/2012 5:42PM

    I hope you have a better day today. Take care.

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Mapping out my game plan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today I rested primarily before my busy shift tonight. We are having an audit in our area, and even though I am new, I could be up on the block so to speak, oh boy emoticon All I can do is my best, answer the questions to the best of my ability and use this as a learning step.

I think I came up with a tentative schedule for Tuesday/Thursday evenings. Originally, this wasn't in my plans for this quarter, but it has been pressed upon my mind to get my academics in order and move forward with my educational plan. Hopefully for about 90 days, I can use this time to review and strengthen my math skills for the next big step.

After doing some research on online trainers and different programs, I decided to exhale, and use what I got. Not trying to take the cheap way out of things, right now hiring a personal trainer not only takes time, but it comes with a price tag. I am a true believer that motivation comes from within and I have to configure my place to do the work, actually do the work to get the pounds off and the job done. emoticon No sense of spending tall dollars and give half the effort. My body is slowly adjusting to this new work schedule and even though there are moments of what did I get myself into, I am grateful for this opportunity of being a team lead, of making a little extra $$ and maintaining a decent lifestyle. I was reviewing my financial peace material and learning to live below my means, waiting to make major purchases, measuring my wants vs. my needs is champion for my success in creating a life so that I can live like no one else so I can live like no one else! emoticon

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KNH771 1/26/2012 4:08PM

    Good luck with your audit! I'll add you to my prayers today.

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MIZCATHI 1/26/2012 5:28AM

    Your upbeat blogs makes me take stock of what's really important!

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JACKIE4019 1/25/2012 11:52PM

    I love that last line. I hope you don't mind if I use it.


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Remaining Positive

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I am determined to remain positive in light of my mistakes, my learning curve on this new job, my own impatience, my own hurry up let get this and go way of thinking.

I spent today resting, purging through mail and preparing for another busy night at work. I am slowly improving my speed and remembering all the nuts and bolts and screws.

I am feeling good about my financial peace plan that i am laying the groundwork for. I am going to focus this year on building up my savings, eliminating debt once and for all, getting back on track with school and getting my weight under the 200 lbs mark by December 31st! It is now or never, putting more strides in my steps and truly, truly learning to live life out loud emoticon

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INTHELOOP 1/25/2012 8:08PM

    Lean into it - deep breaths - the learning curve is curved for a reason = we are all so very hard on ourselves!!

Great work setting your goals...and it is written!!
Best of follow thru.

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KITT52 1/25/2012 8:21AM

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MTNGRL 1/24/2012 7:21PM

    Well first off I am glad you have made these plans. Plus having not set unrealistic goals in a short time period can only work to your advantage. Today I had to do something that I could do 40 years ago and was about to throw in the towel but I reminded my self that I can do all things with God's help and strength supporting me. I got through and will try better the next time.
Hope your work goes well and you remain positive!

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Positive Changes Forward

Monday, January 23, 2012

I am slowly adjusting to this new midnight schedule, making it work for me. Sunday is my first day of the week, my day of worship and for the next fifteen weeks it will be my Christian education day before I go into work. I attended another financial peace class, geared toward single women yesterday. I have studied financial peace by Dave Ramsey since 2008, really applied the class so to speak in 2010 and now have a clear cut vision plan to be debt free by this March emoticon

What struck me as a light bulb moment as I was leaving the class last night, that the women gathered here, about 30 for the single women comes from different backgrounds, different walks of life, different situations. Not every women is single because of divorce, i. e. bad marriage. Some are widows. Some never married. Different sizes, shapes, colors, background, ages, ethnic groups. Wow. emoticon

Another realization I put into my action steps is that I really do not need a new car this year. Yes I will be turning the big 5-0, but that is not reason to go into debt $40,000 for my dream vehicle. So I will clean up and still maintain my two good vehicles and wait until 2013 or so to think about getting a new vehicle. My first order of business is to pay off my last credit card, my AMEX and do the debt free shout on the Dave Ramsey show! I was thinking about maybe buying a condo when my lease is up this August. I decided no matter who great the real estate market is for buyers, once I pay off my Amex, I am going to continue to save for a healthy downpayment, keep my credit score up and build up my bank accounts. I am going to organize better here in the apartment to make it cozier and homier for me and poodles. The name of the game for 2012 is to save big for my accounts and lose big for my weight emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/23/2012 5:03PM

    Great goals! I need to get out of credit card debt, it's really disgraceful, but right now my job is NOT secure, so even though I am working a "plan", the plan may not let me work it.

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