Material things

Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in Keeping Up With The Joneses. Or in my case, recalling the days when I had the ability to spend on a whim.

Those days are gone.

Beauty treatments like mani-pedis, salon hair cut and color on a regular basis, buying shoes and clothes when I needed or even wanted.

Not having to choose whether or not we could go here or there because the gas tank wasn’t much of a factor.

Being able to freely stop for dinner at a favorite restaurant. Take trips here and there. Get Disneyland passes. Go to Dodger games when the mood strikes.

Dodger crew

Buying toys and clothes for my kids whenever I wanted.

Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t frivolous about things. I shopped at discount places and paid attention to sales. I was within reason.

But none of those things brought me happiness. I was just as stressed about money then as I am now. Maybe even more so.

Long time readers know that I suffered from major anxiety about finances for a time period.

It’s ridiculous really.

Times have changed. The love I have in my life is immeasurable. And we may not be able to come out of Costco with a loaded cart of things that seemed like a good deal. I do my own nails and color my own hair these days.  We plan on purchases according to when we can and if it fits within our means. There are no credit cards in the mix.

Lunch at Mimis

But we have a happy, loving home. With a roof over our heads and food on the table.

We have the marriage I always thought it could be.

It’s a precious time that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Twins Living Room

But every once in a while, a spa day would be lovely.

This is Day 20in the #PostADayinMay challenge I set for myself. Also known as #BlogEveryDayInMay in the challenge set by Jenni at Story Of My Life. Today’s blog prompt is  – Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.


In light of what has happened in Oklahoma, my “struggle” is even more ridiculous.

Thankful is a good place to be.

Praying for those who have much bigger struggles than I.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. mel says:

    Financial stress, huh, what’s that? 😉

    You definitely deserve a spa day. When Isa becomes a fashion designer, she’ll have all the hookups and will take care of mama

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