Top 3 reasons I have too much crap

I am a single woman with one kid and that is a picture of my garage. You may notice that it contains a royal shit ton of boxes. Oddly enough, I noticed the same thing. Some of the boxes contain stuff belonging to Junior, but most of them are mine. Worse yet, they are the boxes that don’t contain anything we need from day to day – our house is already unpacked.

I’ve opened a few of the boxes as I moved them to see what’s inside, and then promptly closed them up again. Today I found myself wondering what it is that has me close them up and leave them for Future Me to deal with. I’ve come up with three impulses that happen upon opening one of the Boxes of Forgotten Needs.

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Gratitude adjustment: Accepting the foreboding joy of financial freedom

Brené Brown is a researcher who writes about vulnerability, empathy, courage, shame, and other uplifting topics related to living a whole-hearted existence. I’ve always enjoyed her work and how she pairs an analytical approach with a wry sense of humor.

One thing she wrote about that left me gobsmacked was an experience she calls “foreboding joy.”

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Mythie McMythface strikes again: “No such thing as a free lunch”

How often have you heard it? There is no such thing as a free lunch. Thanks, Uncle Bob, for your priceless pearls of wisdom. But you’re wrong.

When you’re on your way to FI, then you start sniffing out all the free lunches you possibly can. Like, literally.

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Debt Reduction: Credit card debt update #1

Remember when I explained that I have two “extra” paychecks per year? One of them came in this week and I had been waiting eagerly to decide what to do with it. I could apply it to my scary 401(k) loans, or reduce my credit card balances, or add it to my savings for some extra cushion, or even invest it.

What did I decide do with my extra paycheck this week? I used it to punch my credit card debt in the face.

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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How about now?

No? Oh. We haven’t even started yet.

Dear god.

I’m feeling a little bit impatient today. I have a plan, and I’m really excited to kick it off. I have some work to do before that happens though. Mainly, my upcoming move in a month or so. Until I move, I won’t have all the extra cash available to execute on my Diabolical Plan.

What do I do in the meantime?

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