The Mindful Budgeting Program

April 20, 2015

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Today is a really exciting day for me, friends. Well, exciting and also terrifying. After months – maybe even a year – of daydreaming about creating a print product that could help people take control of their finances, I finally decided to take action and turn my dream into a reality. I wrote the content, shared it with friends and did at least six rounds of edits. Two months later, it’s finally done, and now I get to share it with all of you!

But first, a little backstory…

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Why I Pay $40/Month to Meditate

April 13, 2015

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I first heard about floating in December, when I was face down on a massage table. If you’ve ever seen a registered massage therapist (RMT), you know the experience isn’t all calm music and essential oils – they work out some serious stuff. I’ve been seeing my RMT at least once per month since my car accident, and she still touches spots that make me flinch, works out knots that have me almost in tears, and releases all kinds of tension from my back, neck and legs.

During this particular massage, we were talking about how painful my treatments still were, and I told her I always went home and had an epsom salt bath after. “If you like those, you should try floating!” she said. “You lay in a tub that’s filled with 900 pounds of epsom salt and just float.” Why the heck would I want to do that!? I wondered, then she explained that lots of athletes do it, as well as people who suffer from chronic pain. I always try to have an open mind about new experiences, so I decided to try it.

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Nine Months Without Shopping and Takeout Coffee

April 10, 2015

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On Tuesday, I hit the nine-month mark of my yearlong shopping ban, and I’ve spent most of the rest of this week wondering where the heck the time has gone. It honestly feels like it was just a month or two ago that my apartment was covered in stuff, ready to be bagged/boxed up and donated, and I was asking myself if I would actually be able to get through an entire year without shopping (or wanting to replace anything I’d gotten rid of). Now, I’m only 88 days away from the finish line and I’m struggling to remember when the last time I felt the urge to buy something was. My archives tell me I haven’t given a proper update on how the shopping ban has been going since I decided to up the ante back in January. Truthfully, I’ve just been trucking along… but I did have to break the ban once, for the very first time, and I also decided to change one of the rules.

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