Money. I hate it. I love it. It brings me joy; it makes me sad. Here are a few memes I recently came across on that very subject that made me smile. Enjoy!
If I were my own parent, I’d ground me (think about that for a minute – I know, it’s a little hard to follow, LOL!) The thing is, I have a task that I have been avoiding for several days now, something I call my “Adult Homework” – balancing my checkbook. Ugh. It.Is.Torture.
Anyway, so yeah – I have been “avoiding” my checkbook for several days now, probably because (like always) once everything is balanced, I will be sad to see what remains. It is an ongoing problem in my life – a paucity of excess income. (Nice SAT word, right – paucity?) I know I have shared more than once that my beloved Mom always said, “Timmy? Be grateful that you always have enough.” I’d like to put this offer (challenge?) out to The Universe: “Universe? If just ONCE I looked in my checkbook and said – after balancing everything – holy CRAP, where’d THAT money come from?” well, listen… If you think I am grateful now, well, just make that happen. You’ve never SEEN grateful.Whaddya’ think? Hmmmm?
While you are pondering my proposition, I’m off to do some online banking/bill paying, hoping that maybe, somehow an extra $100K got deposited into my checking account… Maybe.
Cake – I know. It seems an odd title for a blog post. But – the reality is – it seems really appropriate today. You see, I finally forced myself to sit down tonight with my check book/my “pocket filing cabinet” stack of receipts and balance it all.
The results? Not pretty… In fact, really not pretty. This image pretty much sums it up:
You see, I think of my checkbook as a cake; each bill I pay/write a check for, I think of as a slice removed from the cake. I must say that tonight, the slice left? Well, the image above is pretty accurate – my slice is just about less than 35 cents. And, while I wanted to think “Let them eat cake,” the more appropriate cake phrases that came to mind were “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too” or my all time favorite, “No cake for me – oh, well, maybe just a TEENY tiny slice.”
The slice I have left is teeny tiny for sure… Teeny. Tiny. Microscopic.
A lot of things have happened recently that put a huge wrench in my financial “works” – I started a new job, which has a regular pay rhythm, but not one I am accustomed to, along with a slightly diminished salary; there were – and continue to be – unforeseen expenses involved with the shuttering of my brick and mortar storefront (it sucks); oh, and that new job, the one with the regular rhythm to the pay? Turns out that we are transitioning from a bi-monthly pay schedule to a bi-weekly pay schedule, so another new rhythm to fall into and learn. Factor those “trials” in with the fact that I have been traveling a lot lately due to a family member’s health issue (gas and time off work) and –
Reduced Income x (Unforeseen)(Unexpected) Expenses = Big Ass Crabbity Tim Time
Listen – I will get it all figured out; no, actually, Martin and I will get it all figured out. But it sure as Hell is stressful as it is happening.
It’s kinda’ funny, actually – Martin and I just started watching this ridiculous TV reality series called “Utopia,” where 15 “Utopians” live off the grid and start their own society. Weird thing? They are living off the grid but have $5000 to buy things they need. Their first night there? Drunken messes (apparently alcohol exists “off the grid”). Their SECOND day there – meaning like 24 hours after they entered Utopia – all Hell breaks loose. What is the cause of all this hostility? Money…
Money is a necessary evil, with the emphasis placed on evil. Don’t get me wrong – I would love Love LOVE to be filthy rich but, clearly, that must be gonna’ happen in my NEXT life. In the meantime though, I will begin scouring YouTube to uncover that video showing how to spin straw into gold, LOL! Oh, and I will also guard my most valuable treasure – my beloved Martin – with everything I got!
The first month of 2014 has been rough, business-wise. I’m glad it’s over. The ridiculous weather over the past few weeks has definitely put the kibosh on our retail business. Our design business has been doing OK; actually, a little better than OK (thank The Universe!) And, to be honest, our retail business got a little “boost” today – still we need more.
More, more, more…
I always smile when my New Age-y friends suggest I “visualize wealth, abundance and prosperity.” Supposedly, all I have to do is ask The Universe to shower me with abundance and my prayers will be answered. Boy oh boy, if that is the case, I’m asking (in a loud voice):
“Are you there, Universe? If so, may I please ask that you shower me with abundance? I’d really, really appreciate it! And I hate to be a nag, but sooner than later, please? Thanks again!”
My friends also suggest I “see” the wealth in my mind. So, to help expedite this request, I am including these “rich” images:
To be sure, the first three images represent riches I HOPE to enjoy sometime soon; the last image represents a type of richness I have enjoyed many, many times. OMG, I hope my request to The Universe was clear enough, LOL! I really don’t need any more gooey chocolate cake! I’d really like many more Benjamins, please – THX!