Do you know any cheapskates—those people who hold so tight to their money, they kill those dead presidents all over again in their grip? Beyond being frugal, cheapskates are downright excessive in their non-spending habits. To be clear, there’s a difference between budgeting—or being broke—and being straight-up cheap. Cheapskates are easy to spot; they’re also hard to be around for any length of time.
But what about the other kinds of misers? Using money’s a good example because it’s so familiar to us, but there are lots of ways to be scrimp through life. After a whole bunch of setbacks, I finally put together this list, which is by no means exhaustive, but it’ll help you spot similar tendencies in your own life and offer ways to do a 180º by turning them into opportunities for growth. As the saying goes, acknowledging the issue is the first step toward changing it.
Have you been feeling stuck or overwhelmed lately? Has your energy been ‘off’? I ask because I’ve certainly felt that way here and there lately. Whether or not it was the Mercury retrograde business these last few weeks, my communication—specifically, my internal self-talk—was inconsistent and riddled with mixed messages.
When I was little I did fashion shows, hair, and painted and pampered the hands and feet of anyone who’d let me; I chain read books, sang loud into hairbrushes and broomsticks for an imaginary audience of many; I wrote my life out in crinkled letters to pen pals a world away; I told stories and acted dramatic scenes in the neighbors’ yard; I rode in wheelbarrows, played bingo with old ladies, and hopped on Buddy’s wheelchair whenever I saw him sitting out front two houses down; I snuck into my mother’s high-heeled Candie’s and I danced, breathless, to Michael Jackson: I was off the wall.
Whatever I imagined myself as, I became.
Christin Myrick is a coach, speaker, facilitator and author of a forthcoming book about her 7 Soul Gifts typing system. We first met when I attended a misnamed Orgasm workshop a couple years ago. You may recall this post I wrote about it at the time. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of not only seeing her work evolve, but I’m glad to call her a friend. I’m triply thrilled to be producing her first workshop in Denver in March, and I invited her to share the story behind the pioneering work she’s done in her own life and in the lives of her clients.
To hear our extended conversation, click the audio player above.
On January first I started a 21-day no-junk food diet. I’d been threatening to starve my sweet tooth for weeks—having spent the holiday season high on sugar—so, when a Facebook friend threw out the challenge, I answered. But I knew that if I was going to do it well, I’d need help.
So I reached out to my friend, healthy eating expert and activist, Judy Lendsey. She’s seen some major transformations in her own life and in the lives of her clients through her nutrition and wellness work. Her passion stems from her own journey with cancer—and kissing sugar goodbye. Granted, Judy’s experience is her own, and while she’s not suggesting that laying off sweets is the cure for all that ails us, she offers lots of good food for thought.
We talked on topics ranging from sugar to smoothies, greens to the government, relationships, advertising, addiction, personal responsibility and more. By the time we were through, kicking the sugar habit was the least of my concerns.
What follows is the short version of our conversation. To hear the extended version, click on the podcast player above.
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- Kissing Sugar Goodbye
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