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I’ve Got My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind

8 Sep

Lately I’ve had one big thing on my mind, the thing that makes the world go round. And that my friends, is moola, dolla dolla bills y’all, green, or as the general public calls it,  money.

In an ideal world, money WOULD grow on trees. But alas, for those of struggling through the beginning phases of our careers, this is nothing but a far away dream. Since I entered the workforce, I have to admit that I haven’t thought much about saving my money. My thought process was to enjoy the regular paycheck for the first little while and then think about saving later. Well, later has come and now I am kicking myself for putting saving my money off as long as I have. As I’m facing the second half of my twenties the realization has hit me that in the next few years, I’m going to want to live in a house and after that, start having a family. And in between ALL of those huge things, I want to enjoy the small things in life; dinner parties with friends, new clothes and a chance to go on vacation at least once a year.

In all honesty, my salary isn’t high and it most certainly isn’t enough to indulge my not so frugal tastes so I started thinking, how can I be proactive about saving? This is what I’ve come up with:

1. Bring my lunch to work and cook every day of the week, with the exception of 1-2 weekend meals. This means that after a long day of work, I will no longer pick up sushi but will suck it up and spend 20 minutes whipping up a basic meal. This plan also comes along with a lot of preparation but as long as I stay on top of my groceries, this is achievable.

2. Work part-time when I can. When I was in school I worked for catering companies, serving at events. This is a flexible job and I am going to have to suck it up and start picking up some shifts when I can. It will be exhausting but worth it in the long run.

3.  Do something part time that will help advance me in my career. This is something that I am starting up and which I can’t reveal too much about at this point in time but I’m very excited about it’s potential, both financially and professionally.

These are just the first three steps which will hopefully pay off soon! And if it does, who knows, maybe I’ll be looking like this soon…

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

28 Jun

For the past little while I’ve been feeling a little anxious, there are a lot of changes coming my way. I guess it just took a little bit longer for the feelings I expected to experience on my 25th birthday to kick in. One of the biggest changes is that my parents will be leaving Winnipeg and moving to Toronto in the next month. My mom is from Toronto so this is something she’s wanted to do for the past 29 years however I don’t think any of us really thought this day would come so fast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited for my whole family to be in the same city for the first time in over 3 years, I mean come on, home cooked meals galore, but it will certainly be an adjustment. And the saddest part is, I have to say goodbye to the home I grew up in since the day I was born. That house holds a lot of memories for my family.

Another difficult thing is that it will be a lot harder for me to go back to Winnipeg. Although it’s not the right place for me to be in at this point in my life, I really loved growing up there. I fear that finding the opportunities to go back there will be few and far between and when I do go back I won’t be in my own house, I’ll have to crash on somebody’s couch. I have a few dear friends left there that I know have no problem having me but it just won’t be the same.

I’ve also been feeling some anxiety about my future in general lately. I’ve recently found out that I will have to put pursuing my MBA on hold for a few years which part of me is okay with but the other part fears. I love my job right now and I love where it’s taking me but I also know that there will come a point when I will want to go back to school. As a 25 year old woman though, I just don’t see where I’m going to find the time to do it all; excel at my job, go back to school, become a wife and then at some point become a mother. It just seems as though so many things are expected to happen all at the same time and this scares me. I try to reassure myself that it will all work itself out but when you’re looking up at the top of a mountain from the foot of it, it feels like you’ll never be able to make the climb.

Anyways, all of my anxiety aside, I did just finish a book so I’ll do a short book review as the post is already getting pretty long. For my book club I just finished the book The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. In short, this book was well written and started off having a lot of potential but in the end was quite a dissapointment. I feel that the story covered a lot of interesting themes and characters but never quite delved in deep enough to make the story develop in a way that could keep a reader entrenched in it. That’s really all I have to say about it. See, short and sweet. Now it’s back to packing, I’ve got a big trip ahead of me. And I will be doing something this coming weekend that may shock some people so stay tuned…

Finding A Balance

14 Jun

Dear Loyal Readers (aka Mom and Dad), I apologize for my long absence. Once again life has gotten away from me.  And I am fully aware that I missed a BRW but don’t fear, there will be one coming tomorow (although don’t blame me if there isn’t, it’s the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night gosh darnit!)

I think today was the first balanced day I’ve had in a really long time. I had a good productive day at work, then Roy came to meet me after work and we went out for ice cream and then I burned off that cookie dough ice cream hard with a really great spin class. It’s days like these that I feel the best. I’ve had a really difficult time accomodating working out into my schedule. Aside from a reduced heat yoga class I went to last week, my exercise level has been pretty much non-existent. Couple that with a lot of celebrations, which translates into a lot of cake, and it has been a fat few weeks. Now don’t get me wrong, I love celebrations and I definitely love cake but I don’t love how I feel after all of that. Therefore I am trying to resolve to keep up the momentum I built at spinning tonight and continue working out at least a few times a week. I know that this is key in feeling good about myself.

I also resolve to put more energy into this blog! I know, I know, I keep saying this but stay tuned because shit is about to get real. And on that note, I bid you adieu! Good night friends and let’s go Canucks!

How Much Is Too Much?

17 May

So much for me saying that I’m going to start blogging regularly… It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Every time I think my life is going to start calming down something else comes up! Aside from working late almost every day, I think I was probably out almost every single day/night this past week and when my alarm went off this morning it was very hard for me to believe that it was Monday and the week was starting all over again! But I have high hopes that this is the week that I can finally have some ME time.

With all that being said, I started thinking this weekend, how much is too much? I have a problem, I have a hard time saying no. I want to think that I can do it all and please everyone while doing it but I got a major reality check yesterday. I was so exhausted from running around all week(end) and being so pressed for time that I just ended up in a horrible mood and in turn, my mood rubbed off on others. I feel that all of this could have been avoided had I not tried to do everything for everyone all at once. Anyways, lesson learned and at the end of it all I’ve (almost) finished a project at work that I’m really proud of (details to come) and spent a good amount of time with family, friends and boyfriend this weekend (even if it was at the cost of my sanity). Nonetheless, lessons were learned and I know that not every week will be like the past couple were. And in the future I know I need to stop, breathe and maybe once in awhile, say no.