Health: Since my last update back in April, I've rediscovered that Health is Everything. I invested some $$$ in a diet class that lasted 6 weeks and has me now eating a lot of coconut oil, macadamia nuts, and raw cream. It's the Keto geneic adaptation diet. I did this to releive myself of some nasty back and hip pain I'd been having since some low lunges I tried to impress my sister with on her last visit.....at that same time I got an xray for the hip problem and they discovered a little suspicious activity in the form of a possible but unlikely tumor....which led to a CT scan..and much handwringing while my body, moods, and mind adapted to fat (versus carbs) as its food source...and ultimately to a ALL IS PROBABLY WELL verdict form the orthopedic surgeon. The good news is that the diet had worked. I feel better and I'm thinking better (I think) and I've been swimming regularly. All this, has everything to do with my Finance Makeover. I know is all connected, literally in my cells, just as the health of our earth is connected to the economic life of the human beings that live here.
Self-education Update: I've continued the journey of discovery of alternate economic systems. Copiosis has been making huge strides.
(You can visit Copiosis.com or chat on facebook at Copiosis Social Group).
We (I say we now and not they) are starting a demonstration project in a Portland neighborhood (Kenton) as a proof of concept.
My work with Copiosis, and discovering more and more people who believe that the time for a moneyless and governmentless society is truly upon us, is energizing. It's hard to believe I even think it is possible but frankly it does not feel hopelessly idealistic. On the contrary, it feels very clearly pragmatic and an obvious solution to problem after problem after problem. Here are just a few other groups working along the same lines.
Ubuntu (Mike Tellinger)
Zietgiest Movement (an ecclectic group)
The Venus Project (Jacques Fresco)
The Moneyless Soceity . com
Change Banks: I am almost ready to close my Wells Fargo bank accounts. Except for the credit card which I find very hard to let go of because of the handy credit limit and luring perk of "free" airfares periodically.
Improve Garden: Most of my hardy plants are still alive. I'm watering the garden way less because of the drought, including the front yard for all to see and admire (Oh, they say, that lady must be drought friendly i can tell by the unwashed condition of her car and the sad looking lawn). I invested in another gardening book with the idea of growing my own food (have had that idea before and have grown a lot of random vegetables that get eaten by bugs and dug up by my dogs). Mostly I am humbled. I have very little time to devote to this project and so (sigh), I accept and admire my lackluster efforts mostly so far. At least I no longer have to look at a lush lawn and feel guilty about it.
Continue to Revise Stock Portfolio: Not much progress on this one yet. Its time is coming.
More $$$ news: I'm investing in Mom-care. Meals on wheels for her 3x a week (3 lunches I don't need to make) plus respite care 2 evenings a week with wonderful young Philipina woman who makes us smile and relax. Knowing that she came to the U.S. to a marry a much older man who she looks after and who llooks after her....and allows her to support her family back home....humbles me yet again. the everyday things that make me whine are so little compared to what others have faced and are facing...I just can't think about it to much or it sucks the energy for moving forward right out of me. I am where I am because I am. And I am glad to be here.
Also, as of last Saturday, I am back creating Nurtured Heart Community here in Chico (July 26th blog post) and feel in delicious alignment to offer it freely and wholeheartedly.