Just a quick update tonight, with a juicy caffeine confession at the end of it.
Quick Money May Update
Money May is chugging along. I took my budget from Google Docs and put it into Mint, so my finances are 100% loaded up. It feels good to track so closely where my money is going.
I went to start my emergency fund in the savings account I have, but for some wacky reason, it has a limit of $100 that I can put in per month. It seems like a “Get Rich Very Slowly” account, which I’m pretty sure is not what I’m looking for. I will probably be closing that shortly and opening an online savings account for my emergency fund.
This is a HUGE conscious step forward for me, and I’m loving this new financial self awareness.
Most of my efforts thus far have been oriented toward reading through Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly. So far, the book is very much like the blog, in that it gives wise advice and best practices in a way that is extremely digestible.
I’ve started diving through the financial homework I’ve assigned myself: the exercise from Unautomate Your Finances to define my ideal financial reality and the one assigned for the Men’s Leadership Training I’m a part of.
The more fascinating to me is the MLT financial exercise. The questions it asks are pretty profound, asking where my relationship to money has come from, what is my relationship to different aspects of money (saving, spending, investing, loans, etc.), and where I am in each of those areas. I feel that this is going to be a huge step forward in my financial awareness, and I’ll share the results as soon as I’m through them.
And with that brief Money May update… the juicy stuff.
Juicy Caffeine Confessions
When I gave up caffeine for this month, I underestimated my bodies cravings. I started a few days early and gave myself a warm-turkey program: 3 energy shots the first week, 2 the second week and 1 the third.
I am here to confess that last night, I dipped my guilty hand into the third week’s caffeine intake.
I was up late working on some animation pre-production for the job I started today. The work I was doing was going to be keeping me up late, and in a quick phone conversation, the Grokkery Girlfriend sweetly offered to stop by Starbuck’s for me (note: she’s an enabler, though I love her dearly; the caffeine goons must have forced her to switch sides).
The savory thought of a triple grande peppermint white mocha had me salivating… it almost made me giddy. She heard the excitement in my voice as I made the decision, and asked if I wanted a venti.
Go big or go home, right? I went for it.
The caffeine gods smiled on me and when she ordered the triple mocha at the drive through, they offered her a fourth shot of espresso for free.
After she politely declined the free(FREE!!!) espresso, she heard me shouting through the telephone, “YES, YES, TAKE THE FOURTH SHOT OF ESPRESSO!”
Perhaps I was a bit too excited. I knew that with this last indulgence, I would give turning away from caffeine for 21 more days, no more warm-turkey program.
It was with knowledge that I would be giving up the caffeine next week.
So as of now, I’m completely off of it. The most I’ll have is in whatever tea’s I drink, which are Green, Peppermint and Yerba Mate’s.
Perhaps more than the physical addiction to caffeine is the emotional addiction. I love the quick bursts of energy and the easy, cheap ups that it can provide when I’m dragging.
Diet and exercise ladies and gentleman, that’s where I’m heading.
See you next time!
Photo by D’Arcy Norman
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