Now here is something I can actually get on board with: http://bit.ly/1gOFPeQ
Love me some Bey but damn, her Tumblr makes me feel like such a peasant.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
Photo Credit: Rob Hoffman
Coveting this necklace by Amy Stewart It would be the perfect daily reminder of why I’m on this journey.
Travel! Explore! Be adventurous!
It’s everywhere I look. The message to get out and experience the world. Society’s narrative about the bright-eyed adventurer draws parallels to our distorted view of women in magazines. It’s constantly telling you to be somewhere else, become someone else, that your current state is not ideal. Unlike models, you can air brush beauty but this message is raw and comes across as real. The message that if you not making grand plans to explore the earth now, then you are in fact a loser.
At least that how it feels to me. I think I take it personally so that’s where the bitterness stems from. I have always wanted to travel the world. I do not own a passport nor have I been to many places in the U.S. My family was never in a position to finance a large trip. Growing up I envied friends who studied abroad in college or who took Europe backpacking trips over the summer, thinking to myself they were embarking on a monumental life journey that I was missing out on.
And now, at the age of 26, instead of having travel FOMO, I feel annoyed. I’m sick of seeing friends photos on Instagram and Facebook of some “quick vacay” and I’m sick of seeing a slew of Pinterest pins and social content telling me to get out there…”just go”.
Yes. I am jealous. I inherently have a travel thirst that I cannot satiate. I had to take a hard look at reality when I started aggressively paying off debt and travel was the largest thing put on hold. Not only does it hurt me to not have an upcoming vacation on the horizon, but more so - I feel like I am judged. With no talk of upcoming travel plans, no photos in my arsenal of social content to show-off, I feel like people think I’m a hobo. “What does Holly do all day?” I imagine my perplexed friends and coworkers asking. “She is missing out on so much.”
The thing is - I AM experiencing life. I am living life to its fullest. I go to new restaurants, I ride my bike around town, I take new yoga classes and cook dinner for friends. I am not jetting off at the first sight of an drop in flight fares but you know what, I have fun.
Ah…I am rambling. This post is to vent. This is what I struggle with the most - the fear of missing out on the world. I am at peace with sacrificing extravagances to get out of debt but travel just gets me. I’m always reminded of it, and I continually have to convince myself that I am doing the right thing by putting exploration on hold. So that’s my struggle. What is yours?
It’s only budget-friendly if you are keeping a budget! [insert moment of silence and awe here]
Columbus, OH represent! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/2014-most-affordable-cities_n_4554763.html
An Ode to the Library
Oh library, how art thou love so great and pure? I do not know how I will ever repay you for thy gifts I have received with the swipe of a card.
I seriously don’t know why it took me 26 years until I got a library card but it is amazeballs. Free entertainment? Alright alright! Nothing beats sitting out on my porch, reading a good book and drinking some vino. Now THAT is on the Dave Ramsey plan.
Tuesday DupeDay: Sally Hansen vs. Gel Manicure
The dupe for today is a super easy gel manicure you can do at home! I have never been big on going to the salon to get my nails done in the first place so this hack speaks to me. It’s really easy to do and super cheap to buy the Sally Hanson materials ($16 total). For your polish it doesn’t have to be Essie; just pick any color from any brand. It makes your nails hard as rocks and look fabulous.
Winner: Sally nails it!
P.S. This was also the first “hack” I found on Pinterest that actually worked. OH HAPPY DAY!
Fall Clothing Countdown
Ahhh, fall! I love the changing colors, the crisp air, delicious autumn flavors, the upcoming holiday festivities, and of course - the FASHION.
I beyond love fall fashion. The color palette is right up my alley and the long sleeve styles make my long, monkey arms a bit more appealing (hey, all of us ladies have an issue with a body part or two!) Since I started the debt snowball in the spring, I had some time to think about how to fit fall fashion into my budget without hurting my finances in other areas. So! Here’s a few things I did, and I am really interested in hearing your input too. Please message me if you found a fall fashion trick that really worked for you…spread the wealth sister!
The biggest thing I’ve learned with fall fashion is that since it is all about layering, don’t get hung up on the first layer being best in class. You can hide it with other layers. An example of this is get a cheap chambray tank for layering under sweaters instead of full shirts. Jeanius! ;)
Happy Fall and thanks for reading! Let the shopping countdown begin….
Oh Whole Foods - how I love your glorious aisles of organics, your bulk nut section, your hot bar, your cold bar, your make-your-own peanut butter machine. You my dear dear friend, hold the power to overthrow my monthly budget. So for now, I bid you adieu.
The grocery budget needs to be as closely monitored as your clothes budget ladies! And this Huffington Post article says it all (I have a girl crush on its hilarious author)