I usually have some sort of project or life experiment or to do list I’m plugging away on. I find it rewarding and fun watching my goals get that much closer, noting any changes and impact from my random trials, and get satisfaction out of crossing things off of my list. These are all little steps and changes I have been undertaking in my quest to become a better version of myself each day than I was the previous. But this past bit, I have to admit, I’ve been kind of slacking. So I’m sitting here thinking, how can I give myself that little push to get back on track? Well, I turned to a brilliant (albeit, by now clichéd) quote from a brilliant and well known man for some inspiration.
“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got” – Albert Einstein
Slush fund. Rainy day fund. Play money. Emergency stash. Whatever it is you like to call it, we should all have one. Why? Well, apart from your savings and investments and any disposable income you may or may not have left after bill paying, you should have just that little bit tucked away that’s all yours, that you can forget about or watch grow, and know you have that little bit secreted away – again, all yours – to do with whatever you will. Because you might need it for an emergency. Because you never know what opportunities you may one day stumble across that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Because you may decide one day a change is in order and can use it to fund a one way ticket elsewhere. Because you may just want to buy that new holiday outfit you normally wouldn’t be able to. Whatever. The point is, it is a small rainy day or play money fund that you can build over time in small increments, that only you know about and have access to, to use in any way you choose when the right opportunity presents itself; something that you can build over time with just a small start-up and basically using found money, not having to draw – much, if not at all – from your household income. Because we all deserve just that little bit of financial independence. And especially for those living financially dependant upon a significant other or in a rocky cohabitation, it could turn out to be a lifesaver one day. Continue reading “The Positivity Project Challenge #2 – Creating and Building Your Slush Fund”
I’m sitting here, the Monday night after a three day holiday weekend, trying once more to decide what I should post next, but just not feeling what I have already written up, and my brain too tired to brainstorm any new ideas. So I don’t really know where I’m going from here, but I’ll know when I get there. You see, the plan was Friday after work to pack up myself and the mutt with just enough to get us through to Saturday evening, and meet up with the man for a quick overnight trip to the cabin to get it opened for the season. Being Ms. Prepared I packed two large bags with enough changes of clothing and gear for every type of inclement weather, and brought along enough dog food to get my buddy through a week, in case of emergencies. Which turned out to be highly fortunate. Continue reading “But This Wasn’t Part of My Plan – Unexpected Life Lessons”
It’s only been three days since I last wrote, and while I realize 72 hours is not the lengthiest period of time, considering I have several drafts saved and a notebook of miscellaneous things written up I should be able to produce more regular content. But, I have to admit, I don’t know what I should post next. My blog is not quite a month old so I’m not too concerned about having things all figured out at this stage, but it seems a good time to try to work out what sort of direction this thing is heading, or to decide if the utter randomness thing that is my usual style is working best for me or not. Continue reading “Where Am I Going?”
It is the first few minutes into the day following Mother’s Day, and as I lie here in bed curled up next to the only living being over which I have any motherly responsibility – my mutt, Dex – I am reflecting back on a busy but fun day filled with baby snuggles, great food, family, and above all, love.
“30 is the new 20” “40 is the new 30″… great. These trendy and trite little catchphrases are representative of far more than they would appear at first blush. What do they even really mean? Well, for the limited purpose of this post, it means that traditional societal norms have shifted over the years – that the things that were expected of you in your 20s are now acceptable and more the norm to be expected in your 30s, and your 30s for your 40s in turn. And what does any of this have to do with dating? It means that over the last several years there has been a shift in our collective conscience where it is now acceptable for people to be settling down, committing, getting married, having children later in life, or to not do any of it ever. So the good and the bad news for you is that the world we occupy is currently populated with more adult singles than it has been since the advent of marriage. Continue reading “Successfully Navigating Adulthood, But Can’t Get a Date? 24 things you may be doing that are killing your chances of success”
Here’s my confession: I’m mentally and physically exhausted. I’ve been sick most of this week. I had the flu, and the drastic weather changes have flared up my insomnia something terrible, so I wasn’t even able to sleep it off. I have many post ideas written up and drafts started and saved on topics I actually enjoy and care about, but none quite complete, and now that the week’s over instead of being at my co-worker’s retirement party with the rest of my friends and colleagues, I’m in my pyjamas watching Disney – yes, Disney – movies.
So with that in mind, I hope that explains why instead of a real post, I’m simply copying a spring cleaning guide I had previously written for a completely different purpose, just to keep up some content until I can get in a solid night’s sleep tonight, and maybe – just maybe – you might find a few things on it you hadn’t thought of before or something you may find useful, or perhaps it may just inspire some of you late starters here to get started on your own. Continue reading “Spring Clean Checklist – Above and Beyond (A lazy post by a tired girl)”