30 Days In

I am starting to feel the joy with slowly getting rid of things that no longer add any joy in my life. It is very freeing.

Although one of the saddest realization is that these items used to be money, and I spent on things that I thought would make me happy. But now that I am getting rid of them, I realized that in the end I wasn’t happy with that purchase. These things could have bought me a weekend getaway with my boyfriend. I learned that we don’t just spend things with money, but the hours of our lives. Before I buy something, I ask myself is this item really worth an x number of hours of life? If not, I don’t buy it. If it is, I ponder it over. I must not make any impulsive decisions about my spending habits.

Now that I am slowly removing the things that no longer sparks joy for me. I am starting to realize that I never want to go shopping for new clothes, at least not for a long time. I am happy just owning things that make me happy. I don’t have chase the “next best thing”. I don’t mind that I don’t have the latest phone, or the latest purse, or shoes, or anything else. I am happy with my “old and boring” brands of things.

I am starting to be more happy with everything I own. It helps me keep my house clean. Learning to be less, makes things less stressful, and easier to clean.

If you are starting your journey, feel free to share your journey in the comments below.

Resolutions Check In

Hey everyone! I made a list of all the goals I hope to achieve for my 27th birthday. Since my 26th birthday was 26 days ago, I thought this would be the perfect day to reflect on my goals.

Here’s a list of my goals…

  1. Exercise, yoga, meditate every day
  2. Read for at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Finish writing my book by my 27th birthday
  4. Volunteer
  5. Turn my passion into a career
  6. Don’t fall behind with medical exams and medical health
  7. Travel to two new places
  8. Read at least 52 books
  9. Journal every night
  10. Purge my things for once and for all
  11. Find a new place to live with my boyfriend
  12. Save $10,000 in a year (with help from my boyfriend)
  13. Try a new recipe once a week
  14. Pay off all of my debt
  15. To keep a day planner and keep up with deadlines and goals
  16. Get up early
  17. Get into the routine of meal prepping again
  18. Go to bed at a decent time
  19. Make a budget and actually stick to it
  20. Have a month no spend on take out or any unnecessary shopping
  21. Give myself something relaxing and rewarding (massage, facial, pedicure and manicure).
  22. Save at least 10% of my earnings
  23. Watch less TV
  24. Donate more to others
  25. Drink more water
  26. Start a new tradition with my boyfriend
  1. Yoga and meditation didn’t happen right away, but it’s slowly becoming a habit. I am feeling much better since I have started my day with those two habits.
  2. This one has been the easiest one to get into the habit of. It has been helping me read a lot of my books.
  3. I haven’t written much of my book, but I have been planning on an idea, and thinking of what can happen next. There is still time to complete this goal.
  4. Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, there isn’t many if any opportunities around, so this is one that I haven’t been able to do.
  5. My absolute goal is to be my own boss and to not have to work for someone by working towards their goal. I would like to become a full time blogger. I am still in the research process of gathering information for myself and trying to think of the next steps to move forward with my goals.
  6. This one is still a work in progress, but I have been heading in the right direction.
  7. Where I am living there are still travelling restrictions, so unfortunately this one will have to wait. But I have decided on wanting to travel to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I’ll let my boyfriend brainstorm some places we can travel to. Although this year we are focusing on paying off our debts, so we won’t be travelling anywhere too far.
  8. I have been on par with this goal since I have read four books already. My goal is to read one book a week.
  9. To be honest, aside from blogging, I haven’t written in my journal at all. I am going to add this in my bedtime routine.
  10. I have started a new challenge for myself which is to get rid of one item a day. And once I gain more confidence, I can purge even more. Perhaps I can purge more things a day.
  11. My boyfriend and I have discussed that we would like to celebrate my 27th goal in our own place. Although we haven’t narrowed it to a location yet, nor discussed finances or a budget for our new place. That will come in due time.
  12. Saving $10,000 is going to be the most challenging but exciting goal so far. I know that a portion of that will be for our emergency fund, but the remaining portion will be for our travelling fund and new apartment fund — which is really exciting.
  13. I think I may have to modify for trying a new recipe every two weeks.
  14. This way will come in due time. My boyfriend and I are in the process of making and sticking to a budget. So we have been setting aside some money every time to pay down our debts.
  15. At the moment, there isn’t much happening, appointments or anything along those lines at the moment, but I have been picking up with daily and weekly routines.
  16. I am still learning to get up early, although as of lately things are getting easier.
  17. I have been getting back into routine of meal prepping more. I enjoy making crock pot recipes.
  18. I prefer to go to bed early, but some nights my boyfriend works late so some days it’s hard to go to bed at a decent time.
  19. I have been putting in the final touches of our budget.
  20. I was planning on doing this in July. We can still buy food, but we can’t buy any material items or wants.
  21. I haven’t been wanting to go a nail salon right now so I haven’t gotten a chance to spoil myself right now, but my boyfriend has been given me foot rubs. So that’s always nice.
  22. This is one of the goals we have been doing.
  23. Over the weekend, I spent time rearranging our room so now it’s more spacious. That was nice to not spend time watching TV.
  24. I am going to be purging and donating my clothes. I also plan on making donations to others for Christmas.
  25. I have been drinking a lot of tea, instead of water. But I try to do this more, since water is important.
  26. The new tradition with my boyfriend, I am still thinking of something cool to do. So far, I thought we can stock up on our basic necessities (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and soaps) for the year in December, instead of having to go out when we’re running out of things. Last December I went a bit crazy with this one sale of shower gels, and I just liked that feeling of being stocked up. I hate running out of things.

Overall, I feel like I am doing a good job with keeping up with resolutions and goals. Some of these have been challenging, other ones are fairly easy. I am proud with all that I have accomplished so far.

26 Goals

  1. Exercise, yoga, meditate every day
  2. Read for at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Finish writing my book by my 27th birthday
  4. Volunteer
  5. Turn my passion into a career
  6. Don’t fall behind with medical exams and medical health
  7. Travel to two new places
  8. Read at least 52 books
  9. Journal every night
  10. Purge my things for once and for all
  11. Find a new place to live with my boyfriend
  12. Save $10,000 in a year (with help from my boyfriend)
  13. Try a new recipe once a week
  14. Pay off all of my debt
  15. To keep a day planner and keep up with deadlines and goals
  16. Get up early
  17. Get into the routine of meal prepping again
  18. Go to bed at a decent time
  19. Make a budget and actually stick to it
  20. Have a month no spend on take out or any unnecessary shopping
  21. Give myself something relaxing and rewarding (massage, facial, pedicure and manicure).
  22. Save at least 10% of my earnings
  23. Watch less TV
  24. Donate more to others
  25. Drink more water
  26. Start a new tradition with my boyfriend

One Thing – Saving Money

As of lately I have been worrying about my future and about how I will be able to afford it. I’ve been striving to save as much money as I can. I have a lot of plans for my future such as school, buying a house (like six or so years from now) and starting a family.

I have been trying to cut back on unnecessary shopping trips and other unnecessary purchases. I also transfer money into my savings at the end of the month and then I put five percent of my pay into my savings.

It’s not much but it’s a start.

Chase Your Dreams

I learnt that it’s important to chase after your dreams no matter what. Remember obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want is really worth fighting for.

I’m planning on going to school next year so it’s important for me to start saving now. I think it’s a good start. Earlier this year I wasn’t too concerned with saving but now I am. I’ve been trying my best from refraining to buy anything.

But after tomorrow I will only buy the bare minimal – food, bus tickets and other things like that.

Today, do not allow something to stop you from achieving goals. It a daily practice that you must do in order to move forward.

Budget

Today I spent some of my money on clothes which was okay, since I only bought things that were on sale. They were great sales.

Now I am preparing to start saving since it was one of my resolutions that I made for myself on my birthday. I starting to reorganize my life in order for myself to become the better me.

Today I will learn to save money for my future. I will prepare myself for it. I have a lot of potential and I believe in myself.

Saving Up.

My lesson of the day actually came from yesterday. But it is an essential, more so in your adult life. The skill is saving money. I was at my aunt’s house on Saturday and she was showcasing her new en-suite bathroom. It was really pretty.

This inspired me to save up now so later in the future I would able to have a great home that is decorated beautifully.

I transfer $50 from my chequing account into my savings at the end of very month and I place 10% of my pay into my saving account. That helps a lot.

Today, I will learn to save up which will help me feel more stable with my earnings. It will also help me in case of an emergency.