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