Monday, August 26, 2013

Money Reading with the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards


I pulled these cards back on August 18th, during a particularly tight period financially. I had barely squeaked by with minimal food, gas and entertainment. I was annoyed at having to worry about spending every single penny. If something cost more than sixty cents I would go into a tizzy about whether I would have enough food for the next day or two. Not much fun as those who have had financially dry periods would tell you.

Anyway. What I realized is the the dry period is due, in part, to spending extra cash on things that I really don't have extra cash for. This is a kind of duh moment, but it happens. Unfortunately it happens a lot! Anyway. One of the main things I had been spending money on, week after week, were supplements for my NRT through my chiropractor. Even though I have been seeing modest results, I realize that I cannot carry on this way. I don't have the money to sustain it! The visits themselves are not expensive, only $4.30, which is amazing, but unfortunately the whole food supplements that go with this are too expensive for me to keep taking week after week. On the one hand, I really wanted to give this option a fair shake and see what impact it had on my health, but on the other hand, I really can't do so at this time due to financial constraints.

Basically what I am going to do is a compromise. I'm finishing out the last of my supplements on this regime. And then I'm going to work on my acute issues and only take a couple of supplements that I know will benefit me. One of them is for my cystitis/bladder issues that are ongoing, and that is D-Mannose. It is a veritable wonder supplement for those with chronic/recurring UTIs and/or kidney issues. Many women struggle with this, and there are some things that can help (a more alkaline diet, tons of water, low sugar diet, etc), but unfortunately you also need to add other supports, and D-Mannose is one I plan on staying on for quite a while. I was taking it and seeing improvement in my bladder issue, but then I ran out and my bladder issues came back. So I stocked up on that particular supplement, but I am allowing most all of the other supplements to fall by the wayside.

Life is all about prioritizing and I think that the above story demonstrates that. I am exceedingly grateful that I have a roof over my head, food and clothing, and even though I buy thrift store clothes (which I love and would do even if I had more money), and can't travel or do anything that costs much money, I am grateful that I have a family and husband that loves me.

It is interesting because the above four cards show an improvement in finances. At least it seems so from the Goldfish and Bread cards. I was pleased to see them when I was pulling cards specifically about money. The Hills card which indicates obstacles isn't so bad, as hills are not nearly as scary as craggy mountains or cliffs. There are obstacles, sure, but they aren't insurmountable. I think this describes my situation perfectly. There are things I'd really like to do, and I think they'd benefit me, like getting the heck out of this town once in a while via travels, or doing NRT or acupuncture or other integrative treatment, but unfortunately it is not fiscally feasible at this time.

I think that cutting out these extras will go a ways toward resolving the financial tightness. I've already seen that. Even though there are a few expenses with school starting, including a fee for school supplies and the need for a couple other school-related purchases, we were lucky that my husband's overtime check arrived just before this period, right before school started.

The final card is Candle, which is a card of guidance. Supposedly I will be shown the right way to navigate money issues. I think that I am beginning to see that. I have a tendency to be way too impulsive when it comes to money. I want to give money to people, both in the form of gifts or monetary donations. But I am not saying I'm altruistic--I do it for my own pleasure! I love giving and the fun that it is. I wouldn't do it if I didn't like it. I like pretty things. I like the textural, sensual world. Too often I get enticed by delicious and unnecessary purchases that add up quickly. I nickle and dime myself to death.

So I think that overall this reading is promising--provided I can suss out the landscape and climb a few hills. I think it's very do-able but I may first have to adopt a can-do attitude. Oy!

Love,
MM

p.s. Decided to end my hiatus early, but I may post infrequently over the next week or two.

19 comments:

  1. Lovely card and a good reading. We've all been there, done that. What gripes my butt is when you have time to do something you don't have the money. When you have the money you don't have the time.

    Since you Didn't ask for it :) Those supplements are a crypt for your money. Use common sense, I know you have it.
    hugs, AJ

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    1. Hiya!

      Thanks for the comment. :) My husband is an AJ, too, but he does not go by that, he goes by his middle name (Jeremy)...

      In any case, I agree. I think almost everyone goes through financial droughts, some longer than others.

      I agree, to an extent, that supplements are a money graveyard. But there are some which are very valuable. The key is prioritizing. Supplements save my daughter from being on seizure meds (since we knew the trigger), but in many cases they can be an outright waste of money. At present she is only on a few vitamins and the cost isn't prohibitive. When it comes to myself, I have a much harder time trying to figure out what I need and don't need. Whether you're into integrative medicine or western medicine (or both)...health care can be expensive. Organic food is expensive...it's all expensive. I wish life wasn't so darn expensive!


      I used to work at a health food store and I know there are many companies only trying to profit from you, and there are others which are more dedicated and sincere. In general, I try to trust my intuition on what to use. I will try to access my common sense. Definitely working on it!

      Hugs,
      MM

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  2. I'm with Sharyn on this one--after a year of pouring hundreds of dollars into supplements I'm going to use up what I have and simply take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement and my Vitamin D3 regularly.

    It's a racket. My naturopath sends me to get these things--hundreds of dollars and a year later, not much difference.

    Drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, cut down on fat and salt, lose weight slowly etc. will have you feeling a lot better than shovelling handfuls of supplements down.

    Live and learn. I guess we can classify this under "If you don't try, you don't know." Now we know!

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    1. With a few exceptions (which varies depending on a person's needs) I agree. Clean eating, hydration and other lifestyle changes are vitally important. I, too, have been down those roads many times over the years with various practitioners. I would not say that it hasn't been valuable, however, it has...but is it worth shelling out the hundreds or thousands of dollars? Probably not, but I still prefer it to drug company mooching doctors and western medicine in general. Preventive care is always best. In my daughter's case it has been a lid saver so I am not quick to dismiss it. I remain open-minded, but I only do what my finances allow me to do. That is all we can do, frankly I would love acupuncture, NRT, massages, etc and I feel they are food for the soul as well as the body...but sadly most of us cannot sustain the financial burden of that level of self-care so we just do as much as we can!

      Ahhh well!

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    2. Sorry about the lack of paragraphs. I was in a hurry on the cell!! Xox

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  3. Also: lid saver is supposed to be life saver. Lol

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  4. Well for Pete's sake. I was gonna get me some of those lid savers...to keep supplements in :)

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    1. Hah! Well...probably would be more useful! ;)

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  5. I've had several experiences where I've had "medical proof" of just how effective supplements can be. As you say, it's tricky, as not all supplements or suppliers are the same. But just this year I had a Chinese herbal remedy that was effective in an area where Western medicine doesn't offer anything, and also a fish oil supplement that meant that, after a blood test, a Western doctor agreed I didn't need daily injections but could just take a much lower dose pill of something. So, as you say, you have to figure out what's most effective, but I'm convinced that some of these things really do work.

    Hope you can find a healthy balance, healthy for you and for your bank account! :D

    Huge hugs,
    Chloƫ

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    1. Thank you, Chloe, your your input! I really appreciate your personal experiences. I have had the same things happen. I was able to lower my A1c level (average blood sugar) with a simple cinnamon supplement. Fish oil helped my cholesterol levels in less than a year, and the most remarkable thing were the methylated B vitamins which stopped my daughter's grand mal seizures! Anyway.,. Nothing is perfect, and you do have to be discriminating about what you take for your particular issue, but it can be a great help.


      That is great about the fish oil! I have also read about a substance called nattokinase which is excellent for clotting issues during pregnancy--might be worth a read!

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    2. Weird, I have a feeling I've taken Nattokinase in the past, for something else... And it was funny, meeting up with friends last weekend, as we were all taking fish oils for something different, and all noticing the benefits :)

      Big hugs to you, too!
      Cxxx

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    3. That makes sense! Many herbs and supplements have multiple uses! My naturopath said that she likes herbs and supplements that have multiple functions so that they work synergistically with lots of different body systems. For instance, triphala (an ayurvedic remedy) which is a digestive function blend (three types of fruits) also has positive effects on immunity, toxicity and blood cholesterol/sugar. It's interesting how multi-faceted some things can be. Fish oil definitely has lots of uses: mildly blood-thinning, great for joints, skin, hair, brain, etc.

      I hope you are doing well, m'dear. I am about to do a blog post--I have to run off to see my sister soon. She is in the hospital and has to have her baby early.

      I hope you have a lovely night.

      XOXO,
      MM

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    4. Hope all is well with your sister and her baby.

      Sending you much love,
      Cxx

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    5. Yes...thankfully all is well. She had a little girl!

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    6. Congratulations, and love to you all!
      Cxx

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  6. Thank you!! We are very happy for them. :)

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  7. Aaaaaargh money!! money planning, money budgeting, money money money ;) I'm with you, though, I do appreciate having a roof over my head and a very comfortable existence in all aspects of life, really. But I still am not as efficient on the money side as I'd like to be. Oh well. I hope and wish for all the best for you healing-wise. You definitely have what it takes to persevere. Blessings.

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    1. I second the 'argh money' comment!

      I do very much wish that money was something we never had to deal with or factor into our decision- making. I know we can make things work but I have often felt like I couldn't do a great many things due to a lack of funds.

      Ah well!!! I shouldn't complain but anyway. :)

      Thanks a ton for the healing wishes!

      Xxxoooxxxx

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