I'm working on a new project.

I'm not sure what it will turn out to be, but I'm not going to lie...I do have some pretty lofty goals for this.

In the mean time, if you have had to deal with bad medical care (or know someone who has) because of not spending enough time with your doctor or your doctor blowing you off and ignoring your complaints or dragging out the time between your complaint and me your story.

Your story will be confidential, and I will contact you before making any parts of your story public. You can redact names and places if you'd like.

Sharing is caring. :)

Lost (thoughts on the outcome of the election)

The most devastating thing that’s ever happened to me was when my Grandpa died.
I’m sure if you’ve lost a loved one, you will understand what I am about to describe…
The thing that struck me the hardest was the next morning, waking up, and realizing that the world was going on as if everything was normal. I walked out my front door and I had to do some things….I had to get gas in my car, I had to stop at the store on the way to my grandparents’ house. It was absolutely insane to me that no one around me realized what huge loss had just occurred. 
Everyone was walking around like life was normal when it wasn’t.
I felt a little like that waking up the morning after this election.

The Crazy Year

I know I said my next post was about being high, and I promise I’ll get to that.
But I have crap in my head that is begging to come out. You’ve been warned.
I want to talk about “The Crazy Year”.
“The Crazy Year” is the year immediately following the birth of a child or the ending of your partnership/marriage/relationship that was supposed to be life-long. 
It’s the year that everyone goes crazy.

Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery - 6 month out from L5S1 fusion!

So, it's been 6 months since my surgery!

Seems like a good time for a little update.

Spending with Cash - Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck, Adendum

I wanted to take a minute to talk a little bit about the most common excuse I hear for NOT budgetting in the way I outlined in my previous post... spending with cash instead of a card.

"I don't want to carry that much cash around!"

Or....five billion other version of that excuse.

I say "excuse" because that's exactly what it is. It's an excuse.

Budgeting that Works - Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck pt. 2

Budgeting is one area in my life I get asked about quite a bit lately. Probably because I've shared publicly that last year, we started working on our finances.

It's crazy to me that in this day and age of hyper sharing, we're still all weird about sharing financial information. I used to work for the government, which meant my salary was public information. And that's when I realized....wait, we all pretty much know what we all make. And we all see the economy, and we're all living with the effects of coming out of a pretty bad recession. It's been rough. We're all going through it. Why don't we TALK about it!?

I would venture to guess that one reason we're in such an economic mess is that we still treat money like some taboo, untouchable subject.

Well, let's stop that right now.

My name is Cyndi, and I used to live paycheck to paycheck. I don't anymore, and here's how I got out of that hole.