Money Drunk Money Sober: When complacency caused me to backslide

For this time period, I am working through Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan’s book Money Drunk, Money Sober before I work through the Prosperous Heart. The following blog entries are in response to prompts and experiences from the book. I see this as an extension of my Artist’s Way work. Some of my entries are jarring and highly personal – any program of sobriety and self-improvement demands admitting dysfunction both personally and in family, and it also calls to admit some painful truths. While not everything I work on appears here, a number of realities do. I have a genuine body of work thanks to my work on the Artist’s Way program, and I can’t ignore the changes the continual commitment has brought about. Because of that, I also can’t ignore what going further into the harder aspects of the program – like facing money issues – has the potential to improve.

Complacency, which is different from laziness as laziness lives in fear,  is a nasty little demon. It seduces you with the idea that “everything’s OK…so you don’t need to do anything.” The time to do the most is WHEN everything is OK. This isn’t all financial stuff, but it does come tied together.

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1. Every time I’ve let my vigilance slip and wound up eating something I was allergic to. Not only do I have to ASK, every time, I’m not always able to trust wait staff to actually confirm about food ingredients. Some get lazy – like the time one did not bother to read the ingredient labels and brought me a ginger-ale that very much had corn syrup. (She assumed the natural label was “good enough.” It never is.)

2. Overcommitment is one of my big complacency warning signs. I forget that my body has limits, that other stuff happens… that sometimes I get tired. This leads to bad spending, self-loathing, and a slew of other issues.

3. When I start shoving receipts in my wallet and thinking “Oh, I’ll count it later.”

4. Whenever I spend without looking first. I keep a running checkbook balance on my phone for a reason.