A New Beginning

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.

Christopher McCandless

 

June; the perfect time to start a new chapter.  My son and I are finally getting a one bedroom apartment!   If we can ever get moved in-it’s been one hurdle after another; but you can’t stop this stubborn red head!

 

The universe always has her own timing, so it is very important we listen to her!

 

This past weekend we planned on moving, but our unit flooded!  We would’ve lost all of  the few things we do own, AND I decided to get very sick.

I spent a few days in the hospital with some stomach issues, which told me it’s time to take my health a little more seriously.   I guess level 50 is the magic number to start thinking about that sorta thing.  The good news is, now I am part of the medical system and I have more options for care.

New carpet, new eating habits and a new outlook, I am ready for my next chapter!

 

So, with all of that life stuff happening, it’s time for me to get back into my handy dandy budgeting skills I am so famous for in unknown circles and get to budgeting!

These are a few of my old school tricks and some new ones that I have picked up along my journey of surviving this world on a budget!

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Big Things

Word of mouth works great when gathering things from scratch.  I clean house for a dear friend, she has been so wonderful, and if only everyone had a fraction of her giving heart; this world would be a hundred times better than it is right now.  Not only has she shared her home with my son for the past year, she has a garage full of furniture just waiting for a new home and has generously given it to us for our fresh start.  If only I could return the gratitude to her to show her and her family how this fills my being.

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Little Things

Of course, now I have the perfect excuse, I mean reason, to hit the Goodwill shops!  Oh, how I miss my second hand shopping!  I can do so many magical things with my findings from Goodwill!  Curtains, throw pillows, baskets, odd pieces, whatever my whimsical heart desires!  I have a few blogs on this very topic, since it is one of my many favorites, but check this out for some ideas.

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Saving money and the environment

Since I have to watch my budget and my health; I was trying to think of ways to do both.  Since paper towels can turn into a huge expense-what about using finger towels and linens for wiping and drying?  The dollar stores and secondhand stores have both for very cheap and I can reuse them!  I also found bleach tablets where the fabric dye is in the cleaning supplies at your favorite grocery store, so I can sanitize them during each wash cycle.  Not too shabby!  I can use the pretty baskets and dishes I found to display them nicely in my kitchen and bath to add some personal touch that blends with my décor.

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Pests

Living in an apartment can make it challenging to keep the infestations to a minimum, so I am going to have succulents that have natural repellent properties. I haven’t actually tried these yet, but there is lots of info in the great world wide web, Mother Nature Network has lots of great info.

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Pooches

Since my furbabies have to share a yard with other critters, large and small; I will need to keep an area by the door with wipes and sprays to keep my babies from bringing in unwanted house guests.  This not only is healthier for me, but for them too.  I can use some hand towels to wipe them down so we all can be happy puppies!

 

Since we are also on the second floor, my poochieweenie doesn’t have a great attention span and a tiny bladder, so to remedy this, I can have an indoor potty yard just for her.  Keeps her off the carpet and instills the mindset of grass being the potty place for pooches.  You can find all kinds of grassy yards of all sizes and prices to fit your needs.  So far, I found that Amazon has the most variety.  I found one that is reusable that lasts for about 2 weeks depending on frequency of potty stops.

It is also very important for my babies to be current on their shots and flea maintenance.  There are always clinics to make sure this can be possible.  Check out humanesociety.org  to find out more.  And never skimp on your flea regimen.  For more info on my tips for caring for your fur ones check out my blog here

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Pantry

With so many convenient options nowadays in the grocery store and the cost of food items, staying healthy and budget friendly can be quite a challenge.  My cure for this problem is buying fresh fruits and veggies and dividing them up into meal size packages and following food guidelines for proper storing. Good Housekeeping has some very reputable tips.

I could keep on going on and on,  but I do tend to get long in sharing, so maybe another day.

I just got a phone call that the apartment is still being worked on, so just a few more days…….

 

When I do finally get to move in, I am kissing the floor and am going to have a good cry!

Thank you for reading and

Hugs and Hope!

 

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

 

A slogan from my childhood past, but, seemed fitting. I have come a long way. From living in fear with a narcopath, to building myself back up and discovering and growing into who I should’ve been all along. I have read some of my posts from the last year and I really notice the changes within myself and my surroundings.

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I have been spending a lot of time lately, reflecting, and according to Astrology  when we are in a Mercury Retrograde, we tend to go deep within ourselves and reflect, discover and purge. I don’t know that much about it, but, it seems we have been in a Retrograde a LOT and it certainly affects me!

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I am proud of myself; if it is okay to be. I know we should always be humble, but, I think it is also good to be proud of our accomplishments. Whatever they may be, big or small.
So, to the alcoholic that is 30 days sober, be proud!
To the musician that learned a new chord, be proud!
To the college student that aced an exam, be proud!
And to the person that overcame a bad situation, be proud!

 

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I feel a sense of renewal today. I feel like climbing out of the retrograde and exploring new things. ( Maybe because I have been home too long and I have cabin fever! )
There are so many things to explore, whether it is a new territory or even in books of knowledge, and i am a firm believer in never being afraid to explore or learn new things. Once you stop, that is when your mind and body get old.

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So, today I am going to go outside and explore new flowers blooming in the neighborhood, and then I am going to do some more exploring within myself.

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Oh, I have always loved Barbie’s growing up and apparently still do!  Your welcome!

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Not Giving Up

 

Today was my payday. Good thing too, I was out of snacks! I got dressed and took my walk to the Dollar Tree to get my necessities and much needed snacks- I have an incredible appetite, so I like to keep plenty of supplemental snacks on hand.

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More good news, I finally found a place to call my own. My son, pooches and me will soon be living in a one-bedroom apartment. Since we don’t have much, the move is going to be a breeze! We might have 8 boxes of stuff between the two of us!
I also learned a new word today, dapatical. I only found one definition: sumptuous of cheer. I like it, I will use it.

 

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So, back to my walk to the dollar store. I really like walking, it’s a good way to clear my head and most of the time, the opportunity of the proverbial light bulb clicks on. The last few weeks have been another one of my rough learning patches. One would think, as many of these learning phases happen, I would be grown-up by now. NOPE
I have this incredible stubborn streak, (my red hair has nothing to do with it), HA! Anyway, I get stuff stuck in that thick skull of mine, and I will fight tooth and nail, because I am so positive I am right. Then after I calm down a bit, and let rational thinking creep back in, I can sort through my mess, some call a brain, and realize I have been a stubborn-ass-redhead once again.

spaghetti brain

If I could just listen to my partner in crime to what he is actually telling me, it sure would avoid lots of conflict and misunderstandings.
I am a complicated creature, though, I suppose most females are, and my spaghetti mess is constantly thinking of a million things all at once. I think the little hamster up there gets tired and drops the ball and gets some wires mixed up.

hamster wheel
I certainly still have a lot more lessons and learning to do and I have been given so many blessings in the past year.  Of many, I have a wonderful friend that has let me explore who I really am, so I can learn and grow.
You know what else? There is no hurry. We both have been in some doozies of situations along our paths to here, and we can take our time to grow and be better people for ourselves and each other.

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Learning and growing certainly has its ups and downs. But, as long as we remember to follow our hearts and the path of the Divine, we are going to be alright.
And sometimes when we are at our lowest, is when we need to hear it the most, we are not alone. Our Divine Angels are all around us, protecting us, wrapping their wings around us and carrying us through the darkest of times.
So, no, I am not giving up