Last week I sat there and painfully went through my finances working it a new budget to stick to, it’s always eye opening when you go over what you spend and you start to notice what I like to call “invisible spending” I’m sure we all do it, the odd chocolate bar, take away coffee, the “oooh i shall have a brownie”, cans of drink and not forgetting the impulse buying, in my case it has been magazines rather than clothes and certainly not shoes lol
At the moment my monthly income is just over £500 my invisible spending has been made visible which means it has to stop. It can be depressing though as well as a great challenge. I’ve heard them called first world problems by so many that its now slipping into my vocabulary and mine would be take away coffee. There is something quite lovely about going into a coffee shop for a take away coffee then mooching around the shops, but at £3 a piece it’s not affordable. My alternative has been to take my own coffee with me but in a travel cup, it still doesn’t feel the same I think it’s because of the shape. So I’ve bought myself a cup that didn’t even cost the price of a take away coffee … Thank you TK Max gods lol
Odd isn’t it how the feel of something can make you feel as though you’re not struggling financially?! Ok I wouldn’t mind having brandy in it lol
As well as finances I’ve had to sort out my diet, it was making me feel ill as I’d been consuming foods I shouldn’t and a quick discussion on mummy whisperer Facebook about health and choices reenforced what I already knew … I’d been lazy. It’s quite simple I’d swapped ease over health for quite a few months, yes it costs me a little more to eat healthily.
I’ve stayed away from dairy all along as that makes me instantly sick but the yeast and gluten is a whole different matter. I have been a bread slave without a doubt; its an easy food, all you do is slice yourself a chunky piece, toast it and spread it with butter Nom Nom Nom but no more.
I’m having a week though where I stay off the yeast to see if it was mainly that rather than the gluten making me bloat. If I don’t notice an honest change then in back to having a gluten, yeast & dairy free diet, I’m also having to be ok with the fact it takes a little longer to prepare my meals and few more brain cells are required to work out how to cook meals for small boy and I that we can both eat and that I won’t get board with. Ok i shall also admit it isn’t that hard and its more a case that i am a little over whelmed with everything i have to get done on a daily basis and i often feel as though i don’t have the time to do it, so i have to make the time. It would be great if it wasn’t the gluten setting me off, pasta is really cheap, even cheaper when you make it yourself but the alternative flour and pasta isn’t.
So that’s finances and diet being sorted
Next is work .. Can’t believe I’ve been self employed for 5 years now!! So its over haul time. Having to review and rewrite business plans, I only started with one and now I’m running three. It’s all to be essentially put into one large one but still sectioned off. Then a new work day has to be organised to fit around home educating.
And people struggle to understand why I get pissed off that they think I don’t do anything all day, can just take time off when ever I want to, drop everything at a single phone call etc etc
So enough blogging in my late break and back to work I go