After a year of stress, drama, and angst, I’m doing my best to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative or stress myself out over factors that are beyond my control. As I’ve gotten “older” (*shudder*) I’ve definitely become more Type-A in a lot of ways, wanting things just so, the pieces to always fit together, things to always be as they should. Obviously, life doesn’t work that way. But even though 2013 started off with my mother in the hospital (FYI: she improved enough that she was discharged yesterday, but there’s a lot of follow-up care that she needs to stick with, or else she could risk surgery or amputation down the line…), and Dan and I seem to be tag-teaming with pain issues (my intestines; his Fibromyalgia flaring up, plus the issues associated with weaning oneself off of certain types of prescription medications), I’m keeping my shit together. Mostly.
I have a lot of blogging plans and ideas to execute, once I find the time. One thing at a time, right?
I’m focusing on better money management this year. We need this. I’m doing multiple “little” things around the house to be more energy efficient. I’m clipping coupons. I’m hunting down sales. I’m cutting back. I’m participating in the 52 Week Money Challenge to build up our savings account. And, as of today, we reduced our monthly cellular (two phones + two iPads) expenses by about $35. Bonus: MUCH better coverage, even up1 here in the boonies. And, because I’m working with the wonderful people at SocialChorus, I didn’t pay a dime for my phone, and only paid $45 out of pocket towards Dan’s new phone. And thanks to the very, very lovely AT&T representative, as well as his manager, I paid exactly $0 in deposits/activation fees. Love them. I’m seriously baking them cookies as a token of my thanks.
So. How is 2013 going for you so far?
- I catch myself saying/writing “down” in reference to where we’re at, but compared to most other areas around here we’re actually physically higher up than they are ↩