Ode to Merc

Let’s just say that the last 4-6 weeks have been a little rough over here in the waffle household.  I don’t know if Mr. Wow felt it, but I sure did.

So many things were just out of control.  Sleep, eating, stress, beer consumption, lack of working out, poor work productivity.  I felt as if my life was in a tail spin.

 

It All Started With Sleep (Or A Lack Thereof)

 

To be honest, I have never been a great sleeper, especially when I was growing up, but in recent years, I have mastered more of this skill.  Maybe it’s just the shear exhaustion from running my own company on a daily basis or maybe I actually got better about allowing myself to sleep.

But for most of July, I wasn’t sleeping.

I couldn’t fall asleep and I couldn’t stay asleep.  It would take me hours to fall asleep and maybe an hour or two later I would wake up and be wide awake, unable to return back to the land of zzzz’s.  This lasted for weeks.

It was the worst.

Sleep is a huge component to a happy life and despite my best efforts, I wasn’t getting any.

 

A Lack of Sleep Pours Into Other Areas

 

Without adequate sleep, my mental band width diminished and my stress level shot through the roof.  Because I was constantly fatigued, I couldn’t handle normal, everyday tasks like I usually could.  My “to-do list” got longer and longer and longer, thus adding more stress to my already over-stressed mind.

My workouts took a hit since I was so tired from not sleeping.

Should I get out of bed and work out or attempt to get another hour or so of much needed sleep?

I couldn’t muster up any energy to work-out. The extra hour of sleep usually won over the workout.

My routine of waking up early and crushing it had gone out the window too. Since my morning routine allowed me the time to write, not waking up early drastically impacted my blogging.

I got way behind. You might have even noticed that I missed a week. Oops!

All of this lead to a diet full of unhealthy foods.  I was craving chips and cookies, french fries, nachos, you name it.  Fast food restaurants, which usually I avoid with ease, started to sound appealing.  My portion size skyrocketed.  I decided to eat my emotions and stress.

Oh yeah, and the headaches returned.  Unfortunately for me, most headaches compounded with stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep lead to migraines.  It was bad, real bad.

 

The Turning Point

 

Every month, I meet with a physical therapist friend of mine for a mastermind group.  He and I discuss how life has been the past month and set goals for the month to come.  Because my life had been in some weird alternate universe, I wasn’t able to meet any of my goals for the month.

He had been killing it every month and I was mortified that he was just going to put me to shame. I didn’t want to face him and have to unveil my faults. I desperately wanted to cancel the meeting (something we have yet to do in the almost year we have been doing this).

Despite not wanting to go, I went.

I quickly found out that he too had been struggling this past month.  He was complaining about similar things that I had been going through.  He mentioned that he wanted to cancel the meeting as well because he didn’t want to face me and hash out how he didn’t meet any of his goals. The feeling was mutual.

Fortunately for both of us, we didn’t cancel our mastermind meeting and we learned that both of us had been struggling with life over the past month or so. We connected over the shared feeling of not being happy with our past month, but not really knowing what had caused us both to feel that way.

Regardless of how bad our previous month had been, we vowed to let the month of July be water under the bridge and then set out to outline some changes for the coming month. We set some formidable goals to get us back on track and make up for the lost time of July.

 

Merc, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

 

The next day, he texted me.

It now all made sense!

Years ago I had first been introduced to mercury in retrograde, or Merc as I like to call him, when a similar pattern happened.  One of my client’s parents was the one to first inform me of this event.

I remember mentioning to her that all of my client’s seemed a little out of whack.  The ones who were usually full of energy, were asleep for most of our sessions and the ones that were usually low energy, were bouncing off the walls.  The parents were off, the kids were off, and quite frankly, I was off.

Once she mentioned that it had something to do with the planetary alignment, I did my own research and realized just how impactful this type of stuff is.

Now, I’m sure most of you are thinking that this is some made up thing that doesn’t hold any water.  You may even be calling me a little hippy-dippy. I’m sure my composting, baking egg shells, and DIY laundry detergent only help to paint that picture.  But when there is such a drastic negative change in life with no explanation as to why and Merc just happens to be in retrograde, it’s hard not to consider it to be true.  You can still not believe me if you like, but I firmly believe it the power of Merc.

Oh Merc, could it be true? Thanks Gwen for the photo

Oh and I should also mention that mercury being in retrograde has also been proven to affect Leo’s more when it happens during the end of July/ early August.  Well crap! Both me and my mastermind buddy are, you guessed it, Leos.

No wonder we had a rough month.

Apparently, Merc entered retrograde around July 25 and ended on August 18; however, astrologists say that the effects of Merc can be felt as early as July 8 and last until September 1.

I actually think the affects hit me even earlier, like the first day or two of July, because by July 8, I was already a walking zombie.

It was a rough month.

 

Don’t Start Something

 

Besides feeling all out of whack, I was informed that during a retrograde cycle, you are not to make any future plans, sign a contract, start a new job/ hire a new employee, or launch a product (i.e. magazine, website, etc).

The Mr. and I have been diligently working towards a plan for next year and let’s just say that it all hit the fan during this period.  He kept asking for my thoughts and opinions and I had none.

He became extremely frustrated with my lack clarity and uncertainty.  Needless to say, he was not happy with me.

Additionally, I also have been working on my “beside hustle” and had originally hoped to launch it August 1.  Well, that obviously didn’t happen and I guess its a good thing.

I didn’t realize at first, but this must have all been caused by our good friend Merc.

 

Not Drinking the Koolaid Gatorade

 

Luckily, since the Merc feels hit me early, it also felt like it started leaving a bit earlier too. Life has been on the up and up for a few days now, but I’m still keeping an eye out until the beginning of September, just in case he decides to linger a little longer.

There are still moments of weirdness.

Like this past week I was late to almost all of my therapy sessions. I hate being late and rarely am, but for whatever reason, eh hem Merc, I was consistently late.  It irked me, but I knew that it was out of my control.

But I can say that the goals I set with at my mastermind meeting have helped me get back on track.

I am finally sleeping again, my diet is rocking, I’m working out every morning and sometimes adding in an additional exercise jaunt in the evening, my blogging is back on track, and my To-Do list is shrinking.  Still have some catching up to do, but I am making progress.

Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, but by setting goals and sticking with them, it can help you stay on track.  And boy am I happy to be back on the right track.

I am getting more and more excited for FinCon 2018 and was even checking out the schedule last night.  Who else if going to be there?

Oh and we’ll also be on the cruise to Cuba with POF and a few other super cool bloggers. Got some big things to look forward to next month.

 

Anyone else have a run in with Merc and suffer the consequences? Or am I just looking for any explanation as to why July was a rough month for me?

24 Comments

  • freddy smidlap August 22, 2018 at 5:47 am

    sounds a little hippy-dippy but i’m down with that. i hope you don’t apply too much pressure to yo’self to catch up or make up for lost time that isn’t coming back. don’t you think personal progress can be a little like the stock market in that you get a little correction now and then but as long as the big trend on the life chart is bottom left towards top right all will work out well? travel safely and have fun.
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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Oh I know it is totally hippy-dippy ;o). But you’re totally right. I’ve never really compared my life to the stock market before, but I like it, just as long as it continues on the upward trend. I don’t really feel like I have been pressuring myself, but more just making an effort to make progress and move forward. I’ve established some new routines and restarted some that I lost during the last month and have been feeling so much better now. Even Mr.Wow commented on how much less stressed I seem.

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  • Liz August 22, 2018 at 5:56 am

    I am not super into this kind of thing, but I do believe in Merc’s power. I first heard about it a few years ago, and even when I would forget that Mercury was in retrograde, I would be like, why is everything going wrong right now?! And my friend would remind me about Mercury and it would ALL make sense. This has been a tough summer for me, regardless of the planets’ doings, but I think the fact that like six planets have been in retrograde throughout the entire summer hasn’t helped!

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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 6:23 am

      It’s no wonder that this summer was so weird and messed up. 6 planets? Geez! Glad to know I wasn’t alone! Hope things are getting better for you Liz.

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  • Dads Dollars Debts August 22, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I was sleeping well but a lot of sh.t when does this month and I def blame thengod if war or at least his planetary representative. Seems like he went retrograde and out flanked me and my goals.

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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      At least you had the sleeping part. It was the absolute worst for me!

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  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach August 22, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Sign a contract? How about sign a lease? lol! Yeah I had my own set of frustrations. I could tell something was “off” when I went over for dinner. I figured if you wanted to share at some point you would. And not sleeping is the worst. I have been there myself. Thankfully it didn’t affect me this last retro merc. Glad you are feeling better and getting back on track!
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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Oh I was way off when you came over. I vaguely remember almost falling asleep at the table, but then as soon as I went to bed, I was wide awake again.

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  • Gwen @ Fiery Millennials August 22, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I genuinely started laughing when I saw the featured photo. I also struggled throughout July despite not being a Leo. I think it was a tough time for everyone. My boyfriend, other friends.. it was bad even though I don’t normally believe in this crunchy stuff haha

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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      I know it is so crunchy, but sometimes crunch just happens. I freakin love that photo and it makes me smile every time I see it.

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  • Mrs. Picky Pincher August 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I can’t wait to see y’all at FinCon! 🙂

    Ugh, I feel ya on the retrograde woes. It hit me for two weeks straight. I didn’t know what exactly was wrong until I saw people flipping out over the retrograde. I don’t really believe in that kind of stuff, but it does make me wonder sometimes. 😉

    Sometimes we get off our game. The best thing to do is to push through and do what you can. Be kind to yourself, get the rest you need, and you’ll get that groove back. 🙂

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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      I don’t want to believe it either, but sometimes there is no other explanation. Woot woot FinCon is gonna be such a blast!

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  • Ms. Fiology August 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that but I loved reading how you are back on track and killing it. I don’t know too much about this kind of stuff. I cannot say things were off this last month for me but I also have a lot of changes going on so it may be hard to measure.

    I do know that I’ll be at FinCon this year and hope to meet you!!
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    • Mrs WoW August 22, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Yes, let’s definitely meet up. Looking forward to it!

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  • Mr. SSC August 23, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Dude, Leo’s unite!! And let’s hope the Merc gets the hell out of the Gatorade soon right?! 🙂

    Yeah i’ve had similar July/August and it’s nice to know maybe moving, relocating and more isn’t the only reason to feel exhausted and out of sorts. In retropsect, I’ve been killing it, if that’s the case! Here’s to a better September!
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    • Mrs WoW August 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Amen fellow Leo! Can’t wait to hang out with you at FinCon.

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  • Mrs. Sweetspot August 24, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I might need to recreate this embroidery- it cracks me up every time I look at it!!!
    Hope you sleep better! I actually got sleep masks this summer and they help a lot (especially when it gets bright & sunny at 6 am!).

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    • Mrs WoW August 24, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      It is absolutely hysterical, Gwen from Fiery Millennials sent it to me after we chatted about my Merc issues and it is fantastic. If you do make one, please share your photo. I use eye masks when I travel so I can sleep on planes, but its not the brightness that is the issue at home since I am up by 5:30am when it is still dark out. I simply have trouble turning off my brain.

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  • FIRECracker August 25, 2018 at 10:33 am

    “I’m sure most of you are thinking that this is some made up thing that doesn’t hold any water”

    Haha. That’s exactly what I was thinking. But hey, I’m not a Leo, so what do I know? 😉

    Wish we were going to FinCon this year so we could hang out with you guys again! But atlas, we are spending the year in Europe.

    Enjoy and we’ll be living vicariously through you for the FinCon experience!

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    • Mrs WoW August 25, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Oh boo! I was definitely looking forward to hanging out with you guys again and hearing more about all your adventures and the whole book writing endeavor. You’ll be missed big time.

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  • Mrs. Groovy August 28, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Personally, I’m a Taurus and too bull-headed to believe in the hippy-dippy crap (Thanks Freddy). But speaking as Mrs. Groovy — far out, man! A cool new concept — merc in retrograde. I’m glad you’re over the hump! I can’t attribute the strangeness in my life to Merc because I’ve been confused since May.

    Do you ever wish you were less deep and more shallow? I wish that often.
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    • Mrs WoW August 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Haha, the more you know ;o)

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  • Jacq August 29, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I have a yoga teacher who usually comments on mercury in retrograde. I attributed my wacky sleep pattern in July to the earlier / later sun, heat, and generally higher energy vibe of summer (ex birds chirping in the tree outside my window at 3 am!) Yep I stayed up til 3 am one Friday or Saturday night just because I wasn’t quite tired yet. I’m going to blame Merc as well and hope fall settles out the sleeping stuff.
    I’m glad you’ve gotten yourself back on track!

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    • Mrs WoW August 29, 2018 at 5:56 am

      Oh it was definitely Merc, I’m sure of it. Hope your sleep gets better soon, it’s amazing how much sleep (or lack there of) impacts the rest of our daily life.

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