Sunday, June 12, 2011

When to learn to use control?

There are at least 3 places in my life in need to learn to use control. More than likely, there are far more than 3 and don't be surprised if I go past 3. Then that would be a control issue right there.

Controlling how much I spend at the casino and on shopping.

This past week I lost control on both things. I knew not to go get the second withdrawal at the casino, but silly me went for anyways. Sure I could "excuse" it to death on why, but that doesn't put me in control of a bad decision.

Of course then there's the shopping. Sure I normally have more control over this than I did this past week, but then again, when it comes fresh produce I can't help myself. Sure we will eat it. Sure it's good for me. Where I lost control was on the onions, you see. I bought them three times this week. Pretty crazy right? Then there was the ice cream section at two different stores along with pastries.

The downside with the ice cream and pastries was: I bought 4 different types of ice creams at two different stores and 2 pastries at one store and 2 at a different store.

The upside is: both stores is where I bought all eight items. They were within 2 blocks of each other. Didn't waste gas. The ice creams were on sale and I had coupons for two of them. All the pastries were reduced. So I didn't pay full price.

I lost control because I went shopping while I was hungry. I know better.

The cruise control on the car

Good thing no tickets even though I didn't use it this week. Bad thing is, when I go on longer trips, I forget to set it. Lost control on using the cruise control. Seems silly and redundant reading that last sentence, doesn't it?

So far I didn't use a lot of self control last week.

Controlling how much I work and earn.

This is one thing I do plan to have better control over for the rest of the month and year. You see, some of you already know this, back in February, Google did an algorithm update. Sure I didn't have any control over that, but I did have control over how much I work. Since their update, I haven't written as much as I use to because that Panda update just bummed me out.

For those who may not know, that Panda update ate into my money making opportunity in page view and google adsense monies. Because that bummed me out, I haven't written as much as I could have for a site that pays me upfront payments as well.

Now that I decided to "get over myself," I am going to change that part of the equation because I do have that control.

For those of you who see me quite often on Facebook and Twitter, don't fear, I am using self control on those two social media sites, so I can get my ever spreading rear end back into writing for pay. After all, I do not want to go back to work in the retail industry.

That is all I have to say today about this week's GBE2 topic of control.


  1. Self control...I have areas for improvement in that category. And I definitely have power over how much I work and earn. I should step that up a notch since back to school sales should be hitting soon :)

    Great take on control!

    Cheers, Jenn.

  2. I think we all have our moments where we need to lose control a little bit. As long as you get back on track before the loss of control becomes a chronic problem then no real harm done.

  3. I'm with on getting control of work to do and also that casino thing. Hey you never know when you're going to win!
    A Pirate Looks Past Sixty

  4. Tell me about self control on Twitter and Facebook. I waste too much time on these.


  5. I liked that you mentioned cruise control. I hadn't thought of that!

  6. I have a substance abuse problem: accessories. I loooove accessories. Hats, necklaces, purses, jewelry, scarves....I can never get enough. I do my best to control myself, and I have been doing really good lately as far as shopping is concerned.

  7. It's not always easy, but as long as we are aware we can always make changes of what and when to put the brakes on so to speak... Great blog!

  8. These are good things to be in control of.

  9. The shopping one, LOL, you wrote as if you described me! Should have thought of this as well!

  10. OH OH THAT WORKED !!!! I loved this...great things to gain control over, and I love the way you controled your writing .."That is all I have to say today about this week's GBE2 topic of control"

  11. I tend to spend too much on the grands, but then again, they are grand, so I think "too much" is just about the right amount. ;O)

  12. We don't have enough money to ever splash out on shopping, let alone entertainments like the Casino unfortunately. All we do is save up constantly so we can try and visit our kids every year, mine in Florida and Debbie's in South Africa.

    Love my Cruise Control. I hate driving cars that don't have it. Makes it so easy to keep to a fixed speed.

  13. Have never learned to drive so I have no idea what cruise control is! Self-control is something I'm working on... slowly. Interesting read :)

  14. Not sure if my first comment went through or not, so I am giving it another go. Great post. It is hard to control spending although I am starting to get the hang of it!


  15. I just bought a new (for me – it's actually used) car and for the first time in my life I have cruise control. I use it all the time and I love it!

    My GBE 2 Control blog:

  16. Hahaha.....NEVER go shopping when hungry. That should be one of the ten commandments or something.

  17. I have one - never look at online recipes with images when you're hungry, either. You end up hungrier than you can imagine!

  18. As I get wiser (not older...just wiser. ha!), I've learned much better control in almost all areas of my life, but there is always room for improvement. I've also learned that sometimes it is okay to lose control. ;-)