Friday, May 20

Friday Confessional 5.20.16

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I confess...

This week has felt like one of the longest in history. I don't know what it is; maybe that it has been rainy all week. It isn't supposed to be 60 degrees in May.

Maybe it's that I haven't slept well all week long. We all know how badly I need my sleep; I really need to get back on track with my evening/morning routines to fix this issue.

Nonetheless, I'm so thrilled that today is Friday, and thank goodness for coffee.


I confess...

In spite of my sluggishness this week, I did get two new items listed in my Etsy shop, Chasing Blue Jays, which means that I'm halfway to my goal this month.

I also finished and turned in my first yarnbombing assignment. This piece will be wrapped around a street lamp downtown when we do the installation. I'm now working on a piece for a tree.




I confess...

I have tasked the Mister with building me a yarn storage system similar to this one from Repeat Crafter Me. I love the bright colors, and I think the idea of being able to see all my yarn would be useful.



I confess...

Friday = Pizza Night in our house, and today also happens to be National Pizza Party Day. In honor of the holiday, I share with you puppies eating pizza. Puppy Pizza Party - Try not to smile.


I confess...

It's not in the budget at the moment, but I would love to get a Furbo, which is a treat-dispensing camera, to see what the pups are up to each day while we're at work. Admit it, you'd want to check on your furbabies, too.



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Monday, May 16

4 Books to Improve Your Household Finances

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We're now six months into our Financial Peace Journey. Like many journeys and goals that can take months or years to accomplish, there are times when it's hard to stay motivated. For me, one of the best ways to stay on track is to load up on knowledge as well as surround myself with people who are trying to accomplish similar goals.

If you're new to a frugal lifestyle or wanting to get out of debt, I thought a peek at what on my bookshelf might be helpful to you.


The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
I guess this is a bit of a no-brainer given that we took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class last fall. This is the first book that I recommend when friends have asked me about starting a budget, paying down debt, saving to buy a house or any other financial matter.

Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
I actually purchased this book on Kindle since Ruth's book and blog posts kept repeatedly showing up in my blog and Pinterest feeds. Aside from giving a lot of great information that helped me focus on being more content with where we are right now, I really liked that she includes varied practical examples of how to incorporate each secret into your life.


Money-Making Mom by Crystal Paine
One of the keys to accomplishing our financial goals includes increasing our income. Given that I own an insurance agency, write and manage two blogs and wanted to start an Etsy shop, reading Crystal's book on the process of creating and building a business simply made sense. Crystal wrote this book for us ladies; it's going to be a reference for women in small business for years to come.

Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
We're not at the investing Baby Step of our journey, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be planning for retirement by putting a face on what we want it to look like. Dreams vary wildly from one person to the next, and so does the amount of money needed to make them happen. Chris's book is helping us identify what we want in retirement so that we can be sure we've properly saved for it.

By the way, I met Chris when he did a book signing in Greenville earlier this year. He's a really nice guy.


Looking to the future:

Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze.
Dave Ramsey's daughter has a new book releasing in November that will focus on money habits to help you love your life, not what we're comparing ourselves to on social media. I definitely plan to pre-order and read this book; I expect it will help me a lot during the holiday season next year.





Friday, May 13

Friday Confessional 5.13.16

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I confess...

The other day, I got to jujitsu and found that there were no underwear or athletic shorts in my bag. I usually try to wear boy shorts rather than whatever pretty lacy stuff I have on because I have heard stories of someone getting pants-ed during some of the more complicated throws.

I totally made the Mister loan me a pair of his boxer briefs. Wearing men's underwear felt kind of ridiculous. Which do you think would have thrown the guys for a loop more in the event of a wardrobe malfunction - my Victoria's secret or me in boxer briefs?

I confess...

Speaking seriously about jujitsu, I think I've officially begun prep for my black belt exam. My training in the last two weeks classes has been running some specific lists in anticipation of testing; during some classes, I'm being "quizzed" for name recognition. I've also identified some "problem arts" that I want to fine tune to feel more comfortable before the test.

On Wednesday, we started discussing possible partners (we called it an uke) for who I would demo the arts on during my exam. This whole situation is getting real, and even though the exam isn't until October, I'm starting to get butterflies in my stomach from test anxiety.


I confess...

This has been a busy, busy week, but mostly because I almost fell behind on my massage homework. We're now at the point in our class where we have to give a specified number of a practice massages between classes.

There was some confusion about whether these had to be on students from the dojo who have already taken the class or whether we could work on friends and family. In the last three days, I have given five practice massages. I have one more scheduled tonight, and then I'll be all caught up for our class tomorrow.

I still think I must have been a little crazy to take this course, which culminates in an exam the same weekend as my black belt exam.



I confess...

In between all of the work, jujitsu, and massage, I've been trying to finish up some new items for my Etsy shop. These pretty flowers are simply waiting for some photos before they get listed. Then I'll be working on a few pieces for July 4th.

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