Living life a little better each day – because we're all a little 'broke'
Welcome! I am "thebrokegirl", aka Mandy. And what makes me a broke girl? Being a single income household, living the best life I can alongside my big grumpy dog obviously, but also because I'm not perfect - I'm broke - I'm a work in progress, which is exactly how I want to stay!
My passion for writing, research, trying new things and wanting to help and inspire others are what inspired me to start this blog. So what makes me an expert on better living? Nothing! I'm just a girl trying.
And what is better living? It's mindfulness, small changes, simple acts, baby steps to help make your day, your health, your environment, your life just that little much better.
I'm on a lifelong journey to level up my life, and invite you to share that journey alongside me!
In typical fashion, I’m late to the event. An entire day in this case. But the sentiment remains the same. This November 11th, 2017, I did as I usually do each Remembrance/Veteran’s Day and pored through the many photos I have collected over the years, the newspaper clippings I have dug up, the copies of records I have secured from the local museum, and read through page after page online, adding to the slowly growing collection of data and photos I have been adding to with each passing year in regards to my own family’s military history.
Scrolling through my facebook newsfeed as of late I can’t help but notice that many of my friends and acquaintances have posted something pertaining to my nation’s pending legalization of marijuana, and their opinion of the proposed laws that would be put in place to govern said legalization and distribution. The overall opinion has not been a highly favorable one. In a surprise twist of events, the outrage has not, as you would have believed, been coming from those opposed to the substance’s legalization, but from those in favour of it. Continue reading “The Pending Legalization Laws in Canada – Just Another Opinion Piece”
I’m not much of a bandwagon jumper, and usually prefer to watch the ride go by. But I jumped all aboard in my last post, and figured hey, why not stay on for a little bit longer – so here I am, at it again.
Amongst all of the negativity and sheer ridiculousness that is so pervasive in social media these days, every once in a while something just a little bit different comes along, like the ‘Seven Day Black and White Photo Challenge”, which really is just as basic as it sounds, and it truly is a small breath of fresh air amongst all of the cyber pollution. Continue reading “Bandwagon Jumping Yet Again: Seven Day Photo Challenge”
If you’re on the internet, you’ve seen or heard of the #metoo ‘movement’. This is my first and only input on it. What it comes down to is that victims of sexual abuse, assault, misconduct or sexism of any type are encouraged to post a #metoo, to count themselves in the numbers of people who have been privy to unwanted/unfair sexually/sexism charged encounters. Pretty basic concept, right? Continue reading “Sexual Violence, Predators and, Oh Yes, #metoo.”
I try to limit many things I would blog about, because many of the things I would have to say, and my comments on many matters are personal, private or could come across as negative, angry or depressing, or at worst flat out boring and tedious, and that is not the person I try to be socially, the type of things I want to be known for, nor is it the type of person I want to be known as. Continue reading “Can’t Quite Explain It… A Broke Girl’s Ramblings (Part 1 of 3)”
I’m one of those people that don’t really notice what the date is. When I’m at work, I read it off the lower right hand corner of the computer screen and absentmindedly transpose it into whatever document I happen to be working on at the time. Holidays and long weekends frequently catch me by surprise. So it was an absolute shock to me when this morning I asked a co-worker what the date was and she replied September the 18th. That’s right, September the 18th. At first I thought she was joking. Continue reading “Tightening Up My Budget… Again”
Well, I have been taking a few weeks break from the blogging world for a bit. Have needed to get caught up on some life stuff that I just couldn’t put off anymore. That being said, I have spent the bulk of today going through my newsfeed, trying to get caught up on a little bit of what I have missed over here at good ol’ WordPress.
I’ve had some laughs and giggles, have learned a few things, and have sympathized with a few of you, and am eager for some more of it! But the point of this post is, I came across PennyWilsonWrites and her Meet & Greet post and thought it was a brilliant idea! (And I hope she doesn’t mind I’ve linked to her post) Continue reading “Getting to Know YOU Better”