Happy October everyone! This is one of my favorite months because of my birthday and Halloween. Plus the nights, yes even here in LA, get a bit crispier, and I can legit start making some crock pot soups. Yes!
OK bear with me, this might be a long post!
Sadly, the month of September was probably the biggest blur of them all. This causes me great alarm because personally I don’t want life to go by this fast without savoring it more. Aside from the fact that I successfully completed a “one thing” challenge (not eating work snacks), I still felt a bit crappy this month because of travel, and being really busy and challenged at work, which has left me tired and grumpy.
This. Has. To. Change!
Financially nothing super exciting happened this month. My net worth only increased by $1,884, but I’m also still waiting for a lot of travel-related expenses to be reimbursed, so that’s helpful.
Nashville and Fincon
Part of my lower net worth increase this month also had to do with Nashville and Fincon. I had a great time in Nashville, and honestly a so-so time at Fincon.
That conference is just not my thing anymore. I feel it’s more focused on the business of blogging than money (although there were pockets of financial conversations, including the Fidelity dinner cruise I went on).
I did have nice sit down chats/meals with Erin from Journey to Saving, Ms. OLN, the Debt Free Guys, Cait, Melanie, Shannon, and Mrs. Frugalwoods, but I didn’t even stick around for the Plutus Awards Sat night and left as soon as we were done shooting video interviews for my work on Saturday afternoon. I also skipped a lot of parties and was in bed no later than 11pm. I can say with 95% certainty that this Fincon was my last. I’d love to attend a more money-based conference ( especially ones that talk about FIRE (financial independence retire early), or one on leadership or healthy living.
Speaking of talking about money though, a guy at work started a group that meets every other week at lunch (we bring our own) to talk about all things money! You have no idea how much this appeals to my money nerd self!
My neighbor in the front unit of my triplex just moved out and my landlord raised the rent on that place…a lot! I got super freaked out when he called and left a message for me to talk about my rent. I braced myself when he started talking about higher expenses, pressure from his business partners, yadda yadda, then told me that he was raising my rent $50. Whew!!!
I can live with that. But it sort of brings me back to why I don’t want to rock the boat with asking too much to fix this place. It’s not rent controlled and it’s really, really cheap for the area, so that’s why I can live with beige carpet.
I’m so happy that fall TV is back and I don’t even care that most of my favorite shows come from network TV vs. HBO or Showtime. I love Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, and caught two new shows this year by the same creator: This is Us and Pitch. I thought they were both good and had awesome plot twists. Whether it can sustain is TBD.
Health and Happiness
I mentioned earlier that I’m not feeling my best right now at all. I’ve been finding myself tired all the time and completely irritable, and at the risk of sounding super LA, operating at a low vibration (lol!).
Since I just finished a “one thing” challenge, I’m going to start a new one, and that challenge will be no checking work email after I walk out the office door.
It’s not that anyone is expecting me to do anything past quitting time. That’s the crazy part! I do it simply to do…something, along with checking FB, Twitter, and Instagram (anyone else get totally caught up in Instagram stories?). My job has been busy and it’s a sprint when I’m there, so if I see anything work-related after work it gets my mind spinning too much. Then I have trouble sleeping or just don’t get a chance to unplug.
I also deleted all social media apps from my phone, and next week, because it’s when I would have gone to Camp Grounded in Austin (a digital detox camp for adults), I’m going to do a digital detox weekend. No phone, TV, or computer from Friday after I leave work until Monday morning. I sound like I’m grounding myself! lol! I AM allowing myself to go to the movies, as the good ones are starting to come out for Oscar season, and I still have free movie passes!
The gist of it is, I’m turning 46 soon. I refuse to let my time pass in a big, tired, and irritable blur. RE-fuse!
Speaking of health, I’ve put it off long enough, so I’m due for my every 5-year colonoscopy. Actually, I’m a year late, but I wanted to wait until I had good health insurance where it’s free. While I’m happy about that at least, the test, quite frankly, sucks big time! I’ll spare everyone the details, and while I don’t get too personal with info like that, it bears repeating that my brother had colon cancer in his 30s, as well as my friend Lorna, who passed away from the disease. It’s not to scare you, but to remind you that even though some tests aren’t fun, they are life saving! I’ll just pretend I’m some highfalutin celebrity getting a colonic so I can look good in a dress. 🙂
Lastly I talked my mom into coming to LA for Christmas. It’s not 100% yet, but I haven’t spent a Christmas with her in years, so it will be nice to have her here. And, LA has way better weather than Michigan in December.
OK, all from me for now!
How was your month? Do you look forward to fall?