Happy October peeps! October is probably my favorite month because it’s my birthday (although I don’t celebrate with the fanfare I used to) and my favorite holiday, Halloween (although I don’t celebrate with the fanfare that I used to-lol!). After that I could fast-forward through November and December (save for Thanksgiving-my second favorite holiday) to the New Year. Yup, if you’re new here I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m not a fan of Christmas.
Anyhoo, let’s get right to it. My net worth went up $3,880 in September. This month started off frugal, but ended up pretty expensive, mainly because Pepe was sick again.
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I spent $583 on my cat (not including litter, food, and his usual medication).
He started doing his non-stop puke thing, so I took him in and they did the usual stuff like an anti-nausea shot, fluids, and ran another test to see where his kidney disease levels stand.
His levels turned out to be the same (which is great!) but he did have a UTI, so I had to buy medication for that, and as I write this he is back at the vet getting his urine tested again to make sure the infection is gone. Such is the life of a senior pet…
Some other big news is I cancelled my trip to Vermont one week before going. I really don’t want to go into details, but it just didn’t work out. It made me feel very sad, and I was also out $125 for cancelling my flight. I was, however, able to apply the full amount of the flight to a future trip.
I was also able to get a full refund for my Airbnb in Boston, as well as my bus tickets from Boston to Vermont.
Sadly, this means no documentary on the Frugalwoods, which is something I was incredibly excited and passionate about doing. 🙁
Health & Sleep
At the beginning of the month I was focused very intently about losing the 7 pounds I had gained since I started my full time job. I started tracking in Myfitnesspal and was incredibly disciplined to the process and lost 5 pounds.
But once Vermont happened, I admittedly fell off the wagon. I mean I really ate shit-tons of chocolate and bread.
I think the lesson here is I need to learn better coping mechanisms for bad news other than eating sugar and carbs, which is my weakness.
Needless to say, I’m back on track again.
The other frustrating thing is how bad my sleep has been. I have tried so many of the “right” sleep hygiene techniques that experts have recommended but to no avail. I fall asleep fast (I do use OTC sleep aids) but my quality of sleep sucks. I put in the time, but wake up so groggy and I’m foggy-headed all day.
Just a couple of days ago I saw news on Facebook that one of my sorority sisters from college passed away at 47, just a couple of days before her birthday, in her sleep. I don’t know the cause, and also it wasn’t someone I was very close to, but obviously it’s very sad and I feel bad, especially because she had a teenage daughter (although everyone’s life is equally as valuable with or without kids).
But it makes me think of my own health, and how I really want to get to the bottom of this whole sleep issue, which is the one health area of my life I just haven’t been able to master since I turned 40.
I know that most experts say you shouldn’t get evening exercise, but I find my “calm” routine at night isn’t helping, so I might as well try something new. I’m either going to go for a walk after dinner, or my city has free pool access (and it’s two blocks away) so I might try swimming some laps in the evening to see if I can expend some energy. Plus I always find being in a pool rather soothing.
I’m still going to therapy, but I went from 4x/week to 2, and I’m still enjoying it. Since I tend to read up on a lot of personal growth stuff and/or listen to podcasts, I think my therapist has the easiest job in the world with me. I literally just talk non-stop for 50 minutes. lol!
At long last, my run of free classes at Bionic Body has run out unexpectedly. It makes total sense as I was not doing as much work for Kim (the owner) as I used to in exchange for free classes. So I signed up with ClassPass ($60 for 5 classes*), which kind of sucks, but there are some things I’m good at doing on my own (like beach runs), and other things where I need a class to push me (like strength training).
I also rather spontaneously signed up for a membership at
Yogaworks after I took an awesome dance class this weekend. It was jazz infused with hip-hop (my favorite style to dance). I’ve taken dance on and off most of my adult life and wish my parents would have put me in dance as a kid, but not much I can do about that.
In any case, I won’t be able to maintain two types of memberships financially (not if I want to reach certain goals), so this month it’s a battle to see which one I find more useful. (BTW, if you want to see what the dance class looks like, check out this video on my Instagram account of our routine. I’m in purple behind the teacher).
Update: I decided not to go through with a membership to Yogaworks. It’s just too much ($85/month) for only really going for one class I like per week. I’ll find another way to take that class or another dance class.
I’m also “reading” (I’m using a free trial with Audible so the book was free) Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by Dr. Brené Brown. It’s absolutely fantastic. I would almost need another post to get into a lot of detail (and maybe I’ll do a review later down the line) about the book, but is shedding a lot of light on to why I, and other people, feel lonely, even in this hyper-connected world.
Piggybacking on what I was just talking about with that book, Brené also goes into talking about the current (crazy) state of our world and how more divided we are than ever.
I know September (and what happened in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month) just felt like the world had gone to shit between politics and natural disasters. While I would never want to bury my head in the sand, and I have regularly donated to relief organizations as well as the normal ones I do each month, I need a mental health break from it all, with the hopes that THAT might also be a huge help to my sleep, so I’m doing another social media fast in October.
Update: For ME this means no FB or Twitter except to promote my blog and other blogs, but I can do that straight from their page. For now I’m allowing Instagram, but we’ll see.
I also signed up for a (free) course through EdX called, Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach, which has just started so I’m super excited about diving into that.
Finally, my dad and stepmom will be here for a couple of weeks starting Oct. 12th. While they will be based in LA in a hotel, I won’t be spending the entire two weeks with them (for their sanity and for mine). We are going to a local mountain town for my birthday where they have an art walk and wine tasting. Other than that, I don’t have much planned for my birthday, or with my parents.
How was your month?
* I called ClassPass and said I wanted to cancel and they offered my 7 classes for $45 next month. 🙂