Okay so I had to drop everything to write this post, because I cannot believe this is happening right now (okay, not everything – I am still nomming on my Chipotle. THAT’S how good this is)
Recently Brie and I had a session with Ani Anderson – life coach and good fortune extraordinaire (my words not hers. she is amazing) – about money. She used “The Four Agreements” to challenge our current beliefs and make us think. Now, I love The Four Agreements, have read it twice, and recently moved onto the companion book – but this short session with Ani was more eye-opening than all of the hours I spent trying to make sense of the book. The ideas presented to us were so out of our comfort zone – we were giggling and saying things like “My brain hurts” and “I get that, BUT –” trying to justify our current ways of thinking. After this money chat, I started thinking about money [and life] differently. Note: I say STARTED. Not practiced diligently, not mastered the craft – STARTED. And amazing things are happening already – money is FLOWING – it’s only been a couple days….
I was out at a doctor’s appointment, getting a lovely bee venom injection to combat my Borelia/Lyme infection (just as painful as it sounds) and I had made plans to pick up a shelf from a woman who posted in a yard sale Facebook group. This shelf will go excellently in my new apartment and hold all of Poppy’s accessories for walks (you were dying to know that). Last week, I would have been giving myself a hard time – saying things like “I shouldn’t spend money on this, I don’t NEED it – I SHOULD be spending money just on my medical bills” and so on. BUT today, thank you to Ani’s advice – I was thinking differently. I thought – “Wow, how cool – someone is getting rid of this shelf, just as I need something like it in my life!” The pick up location was also very close to my doctor, so I thought, “Even better – it’s meant to be!” This whole process of dealing with my appointment, going to the ATM, getting the shelf took soooo long, I began aching for some yummy food.
Like Five Guys. Those greasy fries doused in peanut oil. MMMM fries. I do not eat fries – they send my narcolepsy symptoms skyrocketing. But I was so hungry and had to drive right by the
dumb wonderful restaurant. Enter Chipotle. To quote my sister, “If I get Chipotle, at least I’m making a more informed poor decision.” So I ordered ahead – wrote my allergy note on the app – and started driving. At this point, I am trying to alter my thoughts – instead of letting my brain say “I can’t afford this, I just spent $10 on a shelf!!” – I said – “I know spending money on a good meal rather than a poor one will help me feel better and this will be worth the alternative.” Because self-control is not at play here. I was ravenous and would eat whatever I could, and I sure as anything was not going to cook when I got home. So I do my TJ’s stop, then head over Chipotle – 20 minutes after my pick up time. Oops. And my meal was NOT ready. Commence crazy thoughts.
The old me would have said something like “UGH I am so annoyed, I cannot believe it’s not ready!!!” And maybe demanded free chips or guac or something. But the reason why it was delayed: they weren’t sure how to handle the allergy note – I guess these employees were new to this. So I said, “All good! This way it is fresher!” I would rather it be allergy-free than ready on time. So I was ever-so-patiently waiting – during the lunch rush, mind you – and the cashier comes over and says “Excuse me? There’s a problem with your card on file – it didn’t go through.” So I said “Oops – let me run out to my car and get it.” So she says … wait for it … “No worries – it’s on us today!!” BAM. FREE CHIPOTLE. Just like that. Free money. Reward for a healthy decision. Sign that today is a good day. Whatever you call it, it worked. $10 out and $10 right back in. Thank you Universe. And with that, I skipped to my car.
If this is just the beginning, I cannot wait to see what is in store. Thank you Ani for leading me to this new outlook on life!
Get The Four Agreements here
Join Ani’s Four Agreements book club here