Blogging away my stress.
Ugh, I hate it when money and life stress me out. You would think that after all this time on this journey, nights like these would be a thing of the past. Nope. Here I am, stressing yet once again. Usually, I would get up and blog about something with a more positive nature. Not tonight, though. For this post, I have decided to blog about the why behind my stress. I think in doing so, it will equally serve to help me work my way through the woes keeping me awake. Or at least I hope it does!
First of all, I try to stay positive. Honestly, I do! I know that allowing negative feelings to surface doesn’t really do much of anything to help the situation. All that does is create a level of mental defeat, and being defeated is something I will not permit. Battling debt is not easy, but no matter what comes our way, this is a battle we will win!
So then, what exactly is eating at me tonight? Well, I guess it is a lot of things. For starters, our car needs to go in for service. We go down to one AWD vehicle during the snowy months, so maintaining it is an absolute must. The estimated repair cost is $300. Hubs is taking it in for me this morning, which is something I should be handling. He has a long day of traveling ahead of him tomorrow so he shouldn’t be dealing with this. For me, getting a root canal done would be far more appealing than a trip to an auto repair shop. I should just put on my big girl panties and handle it.
What else? Money remains tight, and with all the holidays, it will probably continue so until next year. A month without paychecks from Hub’s surgery was tough. Then to add a month where yet more time is taken off, well, this leaves our accounts wanting to wave the white flag. The thing is, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are holidays that should be spent with friends and family. Since Hubs travels for a living, he already spends enough time in hotel rooms. Spending the holidays alone in a hotel room is beyond depressing.
Two overlooked bills to the tune of $395 have further added to my stress. One is for our ID theft protection, and the other is for our semi-annual road dues. My fault. The road dues I can put off for a few weeks, but the ID theft protection needs to be paid. In today’s world, I won’t be without it. For those of you who have been following our journey, you may recall that Hubs had his wallet (including his passport) stolen earlier this year. With his info still floating around who-knows-where, we need to stay protected.
Not money related, but our house looks like it was hit by a tornado. I never do well when things are out of place, and wow, are they ever! We don’t have a big house, so staying on top of things is necessary for survival. Well, at least in my mind it is! I’m a person who doesn’t like dirty dishes in the sink and right now, I have a sink full of them. I need solid 3-4 hours to whip the house back into shape, and I know that alone will help me feel much better. Clutter and mess only add to the stress.
So did I succeed at blogging away my stress? The jury is still out on that one. I do feel tired enough to go back to bed, so perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that I did.
What do you do to de-stress about life and money?