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Deep Breath...and I'm okay again

Thursday, August 09, 2012

It's always amazing to me how a little think like a piece of paper can be so upsetting.

There have been many times where I tied myself in knots over money. And I think everyone in the world has been in the same boat. But it's just paper. It's not important enough to make myself sick, or do things that will ultimately hurt me. As long as you can pay your bills and fill your refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods, who cares what's left over?

I'm on the right track. I wasn't expecting to have to pay $500 for my car, but it's only money and I have enough to cover it. It's just...upsetting. But after a few deep breaths, making myself a cup of herbal tea (the Yogi-brand Relaxed Mind), closing my eyes and just sitting quietly for a minute and focusing on my's okay. I've measured out the exact amounts of food I want to eat today, but the urge to just devour everything in the office has passed.

It's all work that needs to be done before I drive to Arkansas, so that I can be safe. There was a moment where I thought about not getting it fixed now, so that I could spend more on vacation. But being safe is more important.

It's just money, and it only means I won't be spending as much on treats and presents for the family. It's not worth giving up my health or losing all of the momentum I've gained in the last month.
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    2023 days ago
    Darn Cars! They always need something & it always costs a small fortune. Wouldn't it be nice if once in a while the mechanic would say it only needs a $5.00 part?
    But the best part is you stayed calm & remained on track of keeping yourself healthy.
    Not just by eating good food, but by letting the stress pass by.
    You'll be alright. Thanks for sharing your cool techniques with us.
    2025 days ago
    Okay, I think I am going to re-read this blog next time I am in pseudo-crisis! :D

    You are awesome, way to go! emoticon
    2025 days ago
    emoticon WTG with realizing you will get through this. Hope the rest of the day goes well! emoticon
    2025 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to calm down and feel better. Money worries are no fun.
    (You aren't going to be near Memphis, are you?)
    2025 days ago
    Ack!! Car stress is not fun at all. Glad you were able to work through it and find another outlet.
    2026 days ago
    That's a very good attitude to have! Have a great vacation!
    2026 days ago
    Thanks so much, everyone! A big part of why I think I still freak out over money is remembering back to my college days, and the even worse 6 months after graduation when I was still looking for a job. I couldn't have paid off this bill, and there probably wouldn't have even been room on my credit card. I've been trying to stick to my budget, but I'm still not great at saving money...and realizing that I now have to use a good chunk of my savings is still stressful.

    C'est la vie! The most adult realization I've had is acknowledging that things will happen -- good AND bad -- that I can't anticipate. Roll with the punches because they'll be coming whether you want them to or not, right?!
    2026 days ago
    On the positive side - you had enough to cover it - no going into debt to fix it!
    2026 days ago
    Good attitude, and I am so glad you did not let the upsetting news about the necessary (but unexpected) car repair derail your healthy habits OR your vacation. Have a great trip!
    2026 days ago
    GREAT job on having a cup of tea and meditating until your urge to binge passed! Money is one of the biggest stressors in our society, no matter how much anyone has, they always need just a little bit more. It sounds like you have a very healthy attitude towards your financial health as well as your physical health. With the right attitude, you can do anything!

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    2026 days ago
    How do cars know when you have a few extra dollars anyway?
    Have a safe trip! Say hi to my brother while you are in Arkansas.
    2026 days ago
    I know that feeling too well. I'm going to Utah at the end of the month (flying, not driving) but I still had to take my car into the shop this very morning. I'm afraid of what all it will need besides the alignment...fingers crossed that it's the only thing!
    2026 days ago
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