Messy Money Minute #4

messy money minute 4A few years ago I came across the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs.

(That is an affiliate link there but you can probably find this book at your local library!)

I loved the book and I was amazed by how much meaning can be conveyed with just six words.  I wrote my own memoir, and it reads…drum roll please…

Often got what she wished for.

That pretty much sums up my life.  I might have it inscribed on my tombstone. Remember what they say:

be careful what you wish for.

Fellow blogger Eli at Coach Daddy runs a regular six word series, and he invites other bloggers to play along.  In October, I was invited to share how I would spend hermit day in 6 words.  I think Hermit day was custom-made for me and I was so proud of my contribution.  There were lots of clever entries and I would encourage you to visit and add your own.

October was a great month!

I could hardly hear the crickets around here.

Last month I published a post about how financial independence (or the concept of it has anyway) ruined my life.  It has!

I strongly believe that personal finance is 10% about the money and 90% mental. Readers here, at Messy Money, have front row seats to my mental breakdown FI journey.

I would like to thank the other bloggers that found my article and featured it in their roundups – More than Just Money, Red Debted Stepchild, Disease Called Debt at Financially Savvy Saturdays, Clever Dude and Debt Discipline.  Here’s hoping Financial Independence ruins your lives one day too, if it hasn’t already. Thank you.

The day before Halloween I thought this blog was being attacked by crazy cyber bots.  I was worried I was experiencing some type of denial of service attack (whatever that means) but the truth was my story, I was ripped of by a Nun made it on Rock star Finance. That was a super-dee-duper day!

So what’s coming up on Messy Money?

I am hosting the Yakezie carnival this weekend.  I hoping to create a Choose Your Own Personal Finance Adventure story with the submissions. Please come by and see how it turns out.

Retirement story part 3 – Post retirement housing.  My parents retired and bought two houses, one on each side of the Atlantic. Their retirement is interesting and I am both inspired and jealous.

Also…..Will our net worth go up?   Will we plug the gaping holes in our budget?  Will I hire a proofreader for this blog?….

Please stay tuned.

P.S.  My husband is reading the latest issue of some snowmobile magazine and is getting excited about these new remote-controlled heated insoles for his boots. Oh dear.


  1. The snowmobile adventure continues. LOL! What is it about remote control do-dad? Maybe it’s not for me to understand. Ha! Choose your own adventure – sounds fun. Can’t wait!
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    1. Last night a new battery and some other doo-dads. Yep the adventure continues. sigh


  2. Do you think your FI breakdown is partly related to the stress of becoming financially literate?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think financial literacy is a great thing, but I feel like the more I learn; the more there is to stress out about.
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    1. Hmmm…I haven’t’ thought about it that way. I can certainly say there is more focus on the financial stuff and that has generated some stress.


    1. Last winter was brutal. It looks like this year may be more of the same. I have winter tires on my car so I am ready for anything now! (Husband is impatiently waiting for major snow)


    1. October was a great month around here for sure. I love exploring the mental part of the money equation. Thank you for coming by and commenting.


    1. Very true. The believing part was a little harder than I realized but glad I am there now. Appreciate you coming by and commenting.


    1. Oh I could use the proofreading! I still go back to old posts and cringe. Loved the six word post and do hope to play again.


  3. You need to find a way to stop the incoming snowmobile mags from entering the house lol! Looking forward to reading part 3 of your parents story.


    1. That is a good idea. REMOTE CONTROLLED HEATED INSOLES!!! I cannot even imagine. My parents story is cool – can’t wait to share.


  4. I’m so glad I discovered this site. Your posts are riveting, May! I have to go find out how you were ripped off by a nun now. Provocative title indeed! 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Kay! I have had so many weird things happen to me – the Nun story really just scratches the surface. LOL.


  5. Totally agree with you that finance is 90% mental! It’s all about what we think and how we treat ourselves and our lives. How we spend or save is just a reflection of that. My dad always said to us (which made me so mad as a teenager) that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it. Yep. I’m still internalizing that lesson, but, it’s a good one 🙂
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    1. I am surprised at the mental shift required but also excited about it too. It is interesting to challenge everything that I once took as a given. Sounds like your Dad had the it figured out.


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