Overcoming Personal Obstacles

Posted by Mrs Money on March 2nd, 2009

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beans.jpgI’m almost ashamed to admit this, but honesty is always the best policy, right?  The truth is, I have an addictive personality.  While this sounds more serious than it probably is, sometimes it bothers me to no end.  I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol, I’m addicted to certain things at certain points in my life.  When I get an idea in my head, I can’t stop thinking about it or fantasizing about it until I do something to make it happen or prove that it’s a bad idea.

For example, I went through a period of seriously wanting to put my house on the market and live in an rv. While this is an idea I’d still consider, I’ve stopped obsessing about it.  I’ve realized that it’s just not the best time in my life for me to do this.

I’m just going to cut to the chase.  Tonight I made a special trip to Walmart to stock up on dried goods.  I guess I got caught up in the hype and wanted to feel safe.  While I was there I also bought fabric.  I’ve been resisting the temptation for days now and just couldn’t stand it any longer.  I only spent $12, but the point is I didn’t need that fabric.  Just like I didn’t need the beans, rice, and lentils.  I just had to do it because I wanted those things.  I wanted the sense of security they provide, and the satisfaction that I can have what I want.

I need to learn to love what I have and not freak out about stupid things.  How do you resist temptation? 

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7 Responses to “Overcoming Personal Obstacles”


  1. K-money says:

    1. Avoid situations where I will be tempted. For example, I smoked every time I went to a bar and strongly associated the two things so when I quit smoking I stopped going to bars.

    2. Prepare for temptation. I don’t go the grocery store when I am hungry because that is when the temptation for Hostess is so hard to resist. I don’t go when I am really full, either; then I will come home with nothing.

    3. Forgive myself for the occasional transgression. If I don’t then I hate myself and if I hate myself I am more likely to do things that hurt me, like give in to temptation. It is a vicious cycle.

    There’s more, but that is my short list.

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  2. I think stay away from the survivalist discussions and you’ll be OK. It’s easy to get swept up in the paranoia, though keeping some staples on hand is a good policy at any time. The problem I see is one of storage, to keep fed through months of unrest would mean tons of rice and beans. It will go bad eventually.

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  3. Sounds more like obsessive. I do the same thing from time to time, just different issues.

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  4. Mrs Money says:

    K-money- thanks for the tips! I will put them to use. :)

    Miss M- I need to avoid it. I think that is my best way of dealing with it. I feel stupid for buying that much rice and beans. ;)

    Ericka Totorico- I think it is obsessive too. I need to work on it. It’s good to know I am not alone!

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  5. Live smartly, know that God is in control and if you follow Him He will take care of you. Only buy what you will eat. Do research on how to live frugally. I love making things from scratch and getting the best deal I can get but I don’t sew clothes. So, I make sure I only buy fabric for things that I WILL make. I guess what I am trying to say is learn to be frugal because that way you don’t have to work so hard outside of the home but DON’T live in fear. Please read my Tightwad Tuesday posts and you will see it is a lifestyle for me. I didn’t start it in fear but to stay in control of my life. If I do what I can for myself then I don’t have to pay someone else. We only stock on on food that we will use in time.

    Here is my link to all my TWT’s There is over a years worth of posts. [0=

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Canadagirl/Tightwad%2BTuesday/

    I don’t know If I was answering your question but I felt I was suppose to share this with you.

    Blessings in Him<
    -Mary

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  6. Mrs Money says:

    Mary! Thank you so much for the tips and kind words. I appreciate it. I’m off to check out your posts! Thanks again. :)

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  7. JP says:

    Good tips. I admit, I am guilty of it sometimes but I don’t think I get obsessed. Just extremely interested maybe :)

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