June 2019 Goals Update!

June 2019 Goals Update!

Yall, June was a monster. So much happened. I didn’t even post anything other than my May 2019 goals update last month because so much insanity was going on. And clearly July isn’t any less insane, because I’ve neglected the blog altogether. Sorry about that! But I’m back to give you the lowdown on how things are going in my money and my life.

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Job Search (& Survival) Tips: Figure Out the Bad You Can Live With

Job Search (& Survival) Tips: Figure Out the Bad You Can Live With

During our lunch, Beverly told me she couldn’t give me a job, but she was happy to talk me through the job search process and share with me how she made her decision on which firm to choose from among her several offers. "No firm/job/boss is perfect. There are going to be bad things about any job you choose. The most important thing to do before and during the interview process is…”

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How to Transition Your Closet from Winter to Spring: 8 Steps for Refreshing & Preserving Your Wardrobe

How to Transition Your Closet from Winter to Spring: 8 Steps for Refreshing & Preserving Your Wardrobe

Over the years I’ve started doing a few things to get my clothing ready to store and to help keep it in shape for years to come. I’m also a picky shopper, so the stress of having to replace big-ticket items is something I try to avoid at all costs. Seriously, who are these people who allegedly shop as a hobby? Spending money to make sure your clothes, shoes and accessories stay clean, in good repair, and looking nice is one of the best investments you can make, especially if you buy higher quality items to avoid fast fashion (or if you’re on a clothing ban like Angela over at Tread Lightly, Retire Early)

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February 2019 Goals Update!

February 2019 Goals Update!

February always sucks, but at least this year it was productive! Except for the reading books thing. My bedside stack is at least 6 books high right now. IT WILL HAPPEN. But not in February…

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2018 was The Year of Mental & Physical Health. 2019 is The Year of...

2018 was The Year of Mental & Physical Health. 2019 is The Year of...

2018 was the year I committed to my mental and physical health, pretty much no matter the cost. It was the year of 2x/week personal training, weekly therapy, binging ER, and letting my brain rest when I wasn’t working on my blog or doing things with my people. The foundation is sustainable enough that I can build on it BIG TIME in 2019 without spending nearly as much money.

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You Need Emergency Friends Just As Much As You Need Emergency Funds

You Need Emergency Friends Just As Much As You Need Emergency Funds

A lot of people talk about, and even celebrate, burrowing on their debt free journeys. They turn down social invitations. They revel in their nights in, alone. Don’t get so caught up in a debt-free, wealth-building, or self-improvement adventure that you neglect to build that community.

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Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Monica Geller

Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Monica Geller

Monica serves as a romantic foil to Rachel’s absurd dating successes, reminding Rachel that sometimes when men say they’re going to call, they’re not actually going to call. She’s afraid she’ll never find a partner. She’s particular about…everything. And she’s almost always right. I relate to Monica a lot. And she learns (and teaches) quite a few financial lessons to which I certainly can relate, and I’m hoping you can too!

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Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Ross Geller

Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Ross Geller

One of Ross’s “things” is that he enthusiastically loads up on hotel toiletries and other “free” items in hotel rooms. Chandler gets into it and returns with some great items (USA Today, two apples - “Nice! We’re only 4 apples short of a bushel!” squeals Ross), but the record scratches when Chandler reveals salt and pepper shakers. Ross is beyond appalled and tells him: “You have to find the line between stealing and taking what the hotel owes you.”

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Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Rachel Green

Money Lessons I Learned from Friends: Rachel Green

Anyway, I was thinking about my previous post about Minimalism in which I mention “everyone should have a Monica Closet,” and I thought about all the other things Friends characters taught me about money. Turns out the Friends dealt with money in their lives and with each other quite often! And not always very well…up first, Rachel Green!

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I Dreamed I Got Fired & Now I’m Fired-Proofing My Finances

I Dreamed I Got Fired & Now I’m Fired-Proofing My Finances

I woke up breathless. I reminded myself I hadn’t been fired. Then I had a moment of actual, non-dream panic. What if this is foreshadowing? Then it hit me as I was lying in my bed, surrounded by the many boxes I had not yet unpacked: I haven’t been fired, but if I lost my job, I’d be in a realll bad situation.

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Why the Fitness Line Item in Your Budget Should Hurt & How Much I Spend on Fitness

Why the Fitness Line Item in Your Budget Should Hurt & How Much I Spend on Fitness

To me, taking care of your body is the most important and ultimately beneficial part of any financial journey; thus, the cost of doing so outweighs any current savings you may gain by eliminating your gym membership bill.

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