What do I mean by that? For me it is physical. When I am not aligned with what I hold true, I can feel it in my gut, up to my throat, into my brain and beyond to the heavens. It's uncomfortable. So I prefer the experience of alignment.
When I started my project to align my finances I really looked forward to it. And I expected to complete the job. Of course, alignment is a continual process, like walking.
Relax though, because this is meant to be the last post in this series, the conclusion!
#1 WOW, it was hard and not successful in the way I expected.
#2 BANK CHANGE - Wells Fargo to Umpqua - I changed banks and it was such a pain. My new bank doesn't do the stuff my old bank did and so I have spent a lot more time with imperfect data entry instead of the seemless downloading I was used to. BUT, I am comforted by the fact that I did change, I am with a community bank now (they just finished an upgrade to their online system) and all in all I'm glad I switched. I still see the tellers at my old bank and when they ask me won't I please come back? I smile and say, No, I don't like your politics. And they usually barely look up and say "Oh, ok, well, if you change your mind let us know." as if what I just said held absolutely no meaning to them. Still they are so nice to me and I do miss them.
#3 CELLPHONE CHANGE - This was kind of big fiasco. I swtiched from Verizon (no like their politics either) to CREDO....But the service was not good enough...so I switched back and it ended up costing me over $400 despite promises from the 'Verizon - We Want You Back Department' that they would cover my costs. Also the CREDO credit card didn't flow with my Quickbooks, which is a necessity for me, maybe it would have worked with XERO? I'll have to check. (If I had been serious about alignment I would be serious about giving up credit cards altogether....and giving up my car and riding a bike....I am serious...but not sure I can face either of those things.)
#4 IMPROVE GARDEN - this I will call a sort of success. First, my sprinklers broke so I conviently let my lawn die (struggling with alignement here as I hate that dead lawn look and the fact that hating it makes me realise how far out of alignment I really am. Because I reseeded and watered the heck out of the lawn, it's back and looks beautiful....and the drought lives on. And yet I feel more aligned. You know? So maybe my whole alignment concept is bullshit. Who feels aligned during a drought watering their lawn?) I did plant some drought friendly plants that are coming in nicely, and I have way more confidence in myself in general when it comes to the garden project. I am reducing my lawn. I am reducing my lawn. I am reducing my lawn.
#4 HEALTH - Well, it's mixed, but overall definintely a success. As I searched for the cause of my hip pain, a cyst was discovered on my ovary, it was removed, and it was hard on my body, took a while to recover, and the fact that my time was so limited (with caregiving responsibilities), I had little opportunities to exercise in addition to recovering. ANYHOO. I'm back in the swimming pool, much more in tune with what I eat and drink. It's a process, I am WAY MORE at ease taking care of myself, for me this is success. And I sleep through the night. And the pain is less every day.
#5 REVISE STOCK PORTFOLIO + SELF -EDUCATION + COPIOSIS
I did change my investments to a "Socially Conscious" investment group. Trouble is, along the way of self-educating, I have come to the conclusion that the whole system we are in is in fact, rotting. So, I'm still not in alignment there because I am still "invested." Period. I may have to just agree with myself to not be in alignment until I can maneuver into some greater sense of security as we are all hurling through space at a speed I cannot comprehend.
#6 COPIOSIS - is amazing....and so long as I keep wanting to think about it, I will continue to organize events and grow communites around it. To me, the idea of living our lives being in tune with making a living, based on benefitting people and planet, that makes my heart soar.
And I am aligned with that.
This is it for now. I'm so happy I made this plan to find Financial Alignment. It was a wonderful cul-de-sac I am grateful to have discovered it.
Yo? Self? What's Up Next?
Dunno. But Stay Tuned.