I’ve struggled all week, trying to think of a Rockstar Finance-worthy type of post that might knock your socks off, but alas I seem to be suffering from writer’s block. I have random money/life thoughts, but nothing to form one cohesive post, so today you are just getting a mishmash of stuff. Lucky you!
I finally saw the movie last night. Although I think it might have been 10-minutes too long, I did like it. The female empowerment was just oozing off the screen, which I really did love. I love to see characters who are feminine but strong. Because as Wonder Woman actress Robin Wright said in an interview, “you can be both.”
I wonder if there has been an increase in gym memberships in the last couple of weeks? lol!
It took me much longer than I expected to recover from whatever stomach bug I had last week. I was pretty miserable with stomach cramps all week at work, and ended up having to take Thursday off because I had another bad bout Wednesday night. BUT, I’m pretty sure I’m on the mend now. I have to say though that it makes me appreciate feeling good and being able to eat most anything.
Of course with great power comes great responsibility (speaking of superheroes). Just because I can eat anything, doesn’t mean I should. I take this illness as an opportunity to start fresh with good, clean eating. But in so many ways we sometimes are our own worst enemies, right? My friend had some tiny Oreo snacks an the movie and I could not resist having a couple.
“Good luck with that!”
Speaking of being our own worst enemies, I think we often create our own glass ceiling when it comes to so many areas of our lives (work, career, relationships, money, etc.). We think we can’t do something, just because we perhaps have never done it before, or because it’s not easy for the “typical” person. And often it’s influenced by our friends, co-workers, or family that might be “helping” us build that ceiling, which the strong person has to ignore and rise above.
For instance, I was talking to a travel mate on the tour I was just on in Europe who was an older (somewhere in the 60s or 70s) woman. I told her that I wanted to work on this little poochy belly of mine that has been nagging me for over a year. She responded (sarcastically), “good luck with that!”
Now, I could resolve to say I have crappy genes, not enough time to work out, work snacks staring at me all the time, yadda yadda, but the truth is that even though it may be challenging and perhaps harder than if I were younger, it CAN be done. She snorted when I said that.
Um, have you SEEN Robin Wright in Wonder Woman? She’s 51 and a total bad-ass. I get that she has personal trainers and nutritionists, but it doesn’t change the fact the you don’t have to resolve to “the norm” or “this is just how it is” when it comes to any area of your life.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand when people say this kind of thing.
Expenses & Budget
I’ve been making some changes and adjustments to my expenses and budget this month. Since 6/1 we now have more coming out of our paychecks for healthcare-related costs at work. 🙁 Hey, it happens.
I did just switch over (well, sort of. Still waiting to activate my phone) from AT&T on my cell phone plan to Cricket Wireless, which will save me about $30 per month.
My car insurance also went down about $20/month! Woot!
I’m switching my “Sh*t is Getting Old” Fund to a “New Computer” fund. My old laptop is completely out of comission and my desktop is ancient, so if I want to reverse engineer some items I think will be handy in the future for my creative endeavors, I’ll probably end up getting a MAC laptop. But believe me when I say I’ll be holding out for as long as I possibly can. No big rush for that.
This month I have a pretty decent side hustle working for my friend Jared’s corporate team building company next weekend, and I think I’m going to take another pass through the aparment to see what items I can get rid of and/or sell on Craigslist.
And lastly, I’m going to halt auto montly deductions to my Vanguard brokerage account, and build up a fatter emergency fund instead. Right now it sits close to 15k, but I’d like to add another 10k to that bucket.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Is anyone else watching? Holy sh*t!!! It’s good. It’s multi-layered, complex, dark and twisted, and terrifyingly parallel to so many things going on in politics these days. Good stuff!