It has been a bit of a slow work week here in my neck of the woods, so I’ve been working on behind the scenes stuff on my blog: making Pinterest images, SEO, etc. Something must be working because I’m seeing higher numbers, which is good, except I can’t really pinpoint why. If I knew why, I’d be doing more of it. 🙂 I guess any growth is good growth, right? Yay!
I sold my beach cruiser, “Banana Pancakes” this past weekend. I just couldn’t force myself to ride it enough, and all the money I made from it will go towards Fincon15. But needless to say, I still have more sellin’ & hustlin’ (sounds like the name of a country song) to do before then to pay for my trip.
I’ve been trying out a couple free apps to do a daily 10 minute morning meditation. I already have a daily evening meditation, but that is almost the opposite of being mindful, although I still find the ritual relaxing. One of the biggest keys to meditation is making it a habit. You can’t really skip days…but believe me I wanted to. But I’ve been forcing myself to do it, so my morning routine typically looks like this:
- 6 or 6:30 am wake up
- Bathroom (and splash cold water on my face)
- Glass of lemon water (and avoid the urge to get on my computer)
- Make the bed
- Sit to meditate (cue the monkeys)
- Relieved it’s over and proceed to make oatmeal and read blogs.
How is it going? Well, terribly, sorta. lol! But that is to be completely expected. I’m using both Headspace and Calm for guided meditation, but I prefer Andy’s voice on Headspace more. He makes me feel less anxious about the fact that I’m cursing my decision to live less than a mile from LAX, and swear they launch all their planes right when I sit down. And then there is the guy in the apartment five feet away from mine who clears his sinuses (loudly and extensively) in the shower at the same time.
But this is all part of the learning process of meditation, and I’m sticking with it no matter how many monkeys do a jig in my brain. I have noticed though that my reaction to stressful things has improved a great deal…things like work being slow, how I’ll pay for Fincon, etc. I’d consider that a huge win.
I forgot to cancel my premium membership to LinkedIn, so that was another $30 I didn’t budget for this month. Grrrr. They had a one month free trial, which is the one argument against signing up for free trials. Have any of you on that level of membership found it useful to your career? I guess I didn’t, so it didn’t seem worth it to pay that amount.
I do my invoicing with FreshBooks, and I love their service. I guess they partnered up with a company called Fundbox, which will pay your unpaid invoices in the event you have a “cash flow problem.” In other words, yo ass is broke and you can’t wait for your clients to pay up because you have to pay the rent. It’s not that I’m upset this service exists (they keep pointing out it’s free to sign up, but it isn’t, as you can imagine, free to USE). Do yourself a favor, don’t ever be in a situation where you have to use this service, and build yourself an emergency fund!
Periscope seems to be all the rage these days and I’ve been mildly curious to give it a shot myself. I might try it out by answering questions to a couple people who nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I guess my big fear is internet trolls being mean to me or no one showing up. Have any of you tried it? Would you be willing to log on if I did a session?
Blog Post(s) of the Week
This week two of my favorite posts were from my girl Melanie at Dear Debt, and J Money from Budgets are Sexy.
Melanie wrote about how thinking positive helped her achieve the salary she wanted, and she did so by actually writing herself a check (à la Jim Carrey) in the amount she wanted, several years ago. Positive thinking always needs to be accompanied with action, but it’s good to get your mind right. PS, remind me to break out my checkbook!
J Money lived like Benjamin Franklin for a week to see if ol’ Benny’s habits would make a positive impact in Mr. Money’s life. Find out what happened!
That’s it for this week! I’m laying low as per usual, but I’ll be heading to the AVP Manhattan Beach Open (free!) throughout the weekend so I can see how beach volleyball is really played. 🙂
How was your week with finances? What question would you ask me if I did a Periscope session? Any other random thoughts/funny jokes/complaints?