Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems, Mo’ Plans

Howdy, folks! Welcome, 2020!

It’s been almost a month since my last post. I’ve been busy with work and the stuff of life.

So what have I been up to since the day I told debt to go pound sand?

I’ve been spending my take-home pay without a budget for a couple of months to feel normal again. This is temporary. I will go back on a spending plan again soon.

During this month, January, I’ve focused on buying new clothes and shoes for work, and decluttering. I donated old clothes and things that I wasn’t using to Goodwill.

February will be the start of my focus on make-up and hair. This phase will require A LOT of experimentation, because I’m even more clueless about hair and makeup than I am about shopping for clothes. So I expect it to last for months. LoL                              Read More

[-$60,324] Overwhelmed and Out of Gas, but Optimistic

I’m feeling like I’m being dragged across the finish line of 2017. I just feel tired.

(I have fallen off on taking all of my supplements regularly, so I’ll need to get back on track with that. That is probably playing a role in things.)

Among other things, I have a close family member in the hospital now. After tests, it was determined that the condition is potentially life threatening, but treatable with surgical intervention, so things will likely be ok, eventually. But getting that first phone call was crazy stressful.   Read More

R.I.P Cousin

rest in peace

I just got the news that one of my cousins died today of a heart attack. He’d just finished singing a song of appreciation to his mother for Mother’s Day and was surrounded by family (including my mother) when he collapsed.

He had been having discomfort in his arm and chest for a couple of days but ignored it, thinking it would go away. It didn’t go away until it took him with it. He was only 12 years older than me. I remember the good times that my sister and I had with him and my other cousins back in the good old days when we would visit them in New York City. He and his brother were so urban and streetwise. We thought everything they did was the coolest thing ever. They left New York and moved back to my family’s home state about 15 years ago and settled into their own lives. He remained a jovial guy who could tell a great story that would have you in stitches.

I will miss him.