Checking In // Spending Freeze #1

At the end of 2018 I decided that one of my goals for the new year would be to implement regularly-occurring spending freezes as a way to save some extra money, and to hopefully curb frivolous purchases at the same time.

Today I’m checking in to report on the first freeze / spending period cycle of the year. The results were eye-opening.

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I Need A Hobby // Gardening, Revisited

Hello, Happy Wednesday and Happy May Day! It’s time for my monthly hobby update!

Still going strong with my reading hobby! For my April read, I completed Laura Vanderkam’s time management fable Juliet’s School of Possibilities, and started Jillian Michaels’ 6 Keys which I’ll continue into May and will probably keep as a background read, and pick another book for the official May title, still TBD.

I actually made some solid efforts at photography, and will continue to strive to improve my skills.

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Wishlist // My Future Farmhouse

Earlier this year, on my 35th birthday, I wrote a “bucket” list of 40 items (in no particular order) to achieve by the time I turn the big 4-0. A way to push myself to get the most out of the years I have left in my 30s. If you missed it, you can read the list HERE. While I love the home I live in now, one of the things on my list to do in the next five years is to “buy a farm house of sorts.”

Today is four years to the day since I closed on my current home. And while I’m not quite ready to put the sale sign up just yet, I thought it would be fun to make a list of all the things I’d love to have in my next home. I realize it’ll be hard to come by all of these things in a single property that I could actually afford, but why not dream big, right?!

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Down To Earth Design

Good morning! When I looked at my editorial calendar for today’s post topic, I wondered exactly what I had originally intended to write about. I mean, I have a pretty good idea I wanted to discuss un-stuffy, un-precious home decor. Lived in, loved in, laughed in. Simple and cozy and you. I didn’t intend for it to be an epic post, and I don’t think it needs to be. But as I’m sitting down to write this post, I’m not sure that’s all I want to write about… I think we need to take a slight detour, to give a little backstory…

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My 3 Favorite Podcasts

I am not the type of person who puts the TV on just to have some background noise. In that one way I am not my mother’s daughter. I’d much rather sit in silence if I had to choose between the two. I’m more likely to have my favorite music playlist going, or to listen to a new album on repeat. But when I go to the gym, I have found that I prefer listening to podcasts more than music. It’s kinda strange, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, the perfect song with the perfect beat is magic. Starboy by The Weeknd, that has some magic. But before I turn on any music, I tune into an episode of a favorite podcast. I have a few on rotation right now that I’d love to share with you today.

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Q1 in Review + Goals for Q2

Good morning, happy Saturday! Spring is here and today is supposed to be beautiful! Thank you universe for a nice day on a WEEKEND! Hooray! Today I wanted to take a quick look back at how I did with my Q1 goals and share my goals for Q2.

I didn’t do a dedicated post about my first quarter goals, but I had set some general ones for the year and had some timelines to hit those goals floating around in my head (and in the Notes app on my iPhone… because I don’t always trust my head, haha). But I’ll admit here that I only achieved some of those goals, so let’s lay them all out on the table right now.

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Short & Sweet Spring Cleaning Checklist

Confession time: I am not a great housekeeper. I’d much rather be doing pretty much ANYTHING else. I’m not living in filth, but I can’t say I clean with any kind of enthusiasm. Or probably the regularity that I should. Shhh, don’t tell my mom, lol…

So while other blogs you may read this time of year will probably give you a list of things to deep clean as winter turns to spring (think vacuuming blinds and upholstery, washing curtain panels, steam cleaning carpets, dusting baseboards, etc), I’m going to suggest a short and sweet checklist of some out-of-the-box things to tackle this spring cleaning season. That’s not to say I won’t be doing the traditional cleaning tasks, but you know what I mean, right?

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