Apr 14, 2011

I miss my vacation

I really do. We didn't do anything fancy or crazy, but we were relaxed. And I loved it - so much that I still feel a little discombobulated this week, so I promise I'll be a little more with it next week when it comes to posting. In the meantime, a few things I've thought to try to avoid post-vacation blues. (Warning: these are all kinds of random).

*I can't wait to see my niece again. (Really, with a face like this, how could you not?)

*It's gotten easier and harder to not paint my nails as Lent has gone on. Easier because I realize although painting my nails was something I did to de-stress, it really was almost like an addiction. I'm thinking about it less now, but then I see posts like these, and I want to paint my nails immediately! However, Easter is just around the corner and while I will definitely be infusing my nails with some color that morning, I don't think I'll be quite as obsessed with nail polish as I was before.

*The mister and I have made a pact to not let money stress us out anymore. Let me re-phrase. Money will probably always cause a little bit of stress (or rather, not having enough will cause stress), but we've decided to not let it run our lives anymore. Between the bills we pay and the debt we have (thank you student loans), we dish out a lot of money each month. Add in the worry of losing and finding new jobs, and you can have a whole meltdown. (Um, been there). I've literally made myself sick in the past worrying about what we're going to do. Well, no more.

I'm not naive. Far from it. (In fact, sometimes I think I'm too jaded about money). I know it's going to be a struggle to not let it stress me out, but essentially I'm going to "let go and let God." Things will work themselves out. And really, if the biggest problem the mister and I have is not having enough money...then we have it pretty good indeed.

How has your week been? Do you stress about one specific problem? What do you do to combat the post-vacation blues?

Happy almost Friday!

(Photo: Walking Around)


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I have to constantly remind my husband not to stress about money. And I use the line.. "if that is allll you worry about consider yourself lucky." But I get it. He wants to always make sure we have money and that we can retire well and provide for our kids and ourselves. But to live, you gotta let go of the money every now and then.. In my bday card, he actually gave me money to go and spend "on dumb and unnessary things.." ahh love.. hahahaha

Nora said...

Yup, I stress about money... but more lately the logistics of the move coming up in like six weeks. I'm beyond excited but I feel like I have so much to do. And so much of it is stuff I can't do until just before I move, so yeah. Thinking about it makes me all anxious so I tend to kind of not think about all I have to do. Ha.

I've been really struggling to not reach for french fries... giving up fried food for the most part is easy. Giving up french fries? That's tough for me! We can do it though, less than two weeks!!!

Amber said...

I stress about money all the time and Eric always tells me "it always works out for us" and it always does. A job works out, or money falls into our laps somehow whether it be through our tax returns or an unexpected inheritance or something. But money is definitely a top stress for us as well!

My weeks been kind of crappy I have just been feeling like junk and missing work and getting behind on work projects and feeling gross because I'm not running and BLAH. I'm ready for this week to be over!

Anonymous said...

It's so hard not to stress about money- but I think it's important to give it a space and time and then push past it beyond that. Like, you're allowed to worry about it on Wednesday nights for a half hour and when those thoughts come in you can just set them aside and know that they're for Wednesday :)

Post vaction blues are tough, for me reading in bed and making lovely comfort food is the best remedy :)

Stephany said...

Stressing about money is something that is just ingrained in me! I'm trying to get better about it by budgeting and saving, but it's still a source of stress. Luckily, my mom can help me out, but I don't like to rely on that too much.

Love your attitude! I think it's the best solution for it. :)

Stevie said...

I always get post-vacation blues, too. But I try to get myself back into my regular routine as quickly as possibly. It doesn't always work - sometimes I have to just surrender to it and accept the fact that I'll be a bit down for a few days. I'm so glad your vacation was so fun and relaxing, though!

I'm glad you're trying to get out of the clutches of money stress. Stressing about money can be exhausting, but if you remind yourself of all the GOOD things you have in your life, it can help :-)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I've been back from Paris for 2 months now and I STILL kind of have post-vacation blues. If not for my condo & the 6 figures in student loan debt to my name, I would consider hopping on a plane to Paris tomorrow. ;) Ha.

But that is not realistic. So I'll stay here and hope that the post-Paris blues eventually dissipate. I'll fall back in love with Minneapolis when the weather is consistently nice tomorrow (guess who might get snow showers tomorrow. :points to self: this guy).

I think it's a good decision to not stress about money... You are working hard and you make responsible decisions. At the end of the day, you can only worry so much. Our situations are different, but sort of similar in terms of what i went thru after leaving the psyc experiment since my pay cut was like losing a 2nd income... So I know the feeling of panic and of making yourself sick w/ worry. Eventually it has GOT to get easier. And really, I think I'd rather be crazy in love & have money problems than financially secure and lonely. :)

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Last year I made a pact with myself that I wasn't going to stress about money, and it was really good for me and Eric's relationship because I was constantly stressed/annoyed with him about money. It worked really well, but I have to admit that I also spent a ton of money last year between trips, wedding stuff and just general life and now I'm going back to being a LITTLE stressed about money so I can keep it all in check haha.

Mandy said...

I completely stress about money too and I think its completely natural to miss being on vacation. I love the vacation mindset and a few yeas ago after a long week at the lake with friends/family I decided to adopt the vacation mentality all year. To be more laid back and do more of things I enjoy, to enjoy preparing meals for people I love and myself, to read more and worry less.

I loved seeing you and Ben twice in one week. That made my week spectacular last week.

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