April Review: What did I learn? What can I improve in May?

I have been looking forward to writing this post because I felt very good about April. Was it perfect? No. Have I learned everything I hoped to? Also no. Did I feel like I did my best? Yes. Before I delve into the details of my April budget tracking, I would like to admit I… Continue reading April Review: What did I learn? What can I improve in May?

Mid-Month Check in: Can a Budget Tracker Really Get me on…Track?

It's April 15th - I am halfway through my first month of tracking my expenses using a budgeting journal. The purpose of this exercise is to examine how I am spending my money to see if I can curb my impulses and bolster my savings. So far, I have noticed two things about my habits:… Continue reading Mid-Month Check in: Can a Budget Tracker Really Get me on…Track?

Can a Budget Tracker really get me on…track?

With nearly 2/3 of Americans living paycheck to paycheck (myself included), when I saw this budget planner, I knew I could not leave Walmart without it. ...and therein lies a big problem for me that the pandemic has amplified - I've been indulging as opposed to dedicated. I treat myself generously with my "wants" without… Continue reading Can a Budget Tracker really get me on…track?

Social Media Influencers ~ Insipid or Inspiring?

An influencer is someone who has: the power to affect the purchasing decisions of others because of his or her authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with his or her audience.a following in a distinct niche, with whom he or she actively engages. The size of the following depends on the size of his/her topic of the… Continue reading Social Media Influencers ~ Insipid or Inspiring?

Personal Reflection: doing less and the meaning of life.

I would like to start this piece by thanking my followers and my readers. I have not been dedicated to updating this blog regularly due to other tasks requiring my attention; yet you're still here! Thank you for your support. I have been slowing down, acknowledging that my energy is finite. Around Thanksgiving, I wrote… Continue reading Personal Reflection: doing less and the meaning of life.

Do New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines a New Year's Resolution as "a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year." The importance of resolutions for the upcoming year falls on the individual; one is either into it, scoffing at it, or indifferent. While setting goals can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment,… Continue reading Do New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter?

Can I escape over-achievement hell?

image via Pinterest I'd like to start this post by stating that I don't have an answer to this question. It is going to require time, patience, and persistent experimentation. Having been born in 1983, I am on the older side of the Millennial generation. According to The Balance Careers, we have various characteristics in… Continue reading Can I escape over-achievement hell?

How Do I Calm Down? [Personal Tips To Help Find Sanity “In The Moment”]

istock/PeopleImages My anxiety manifested when I was around 8 years old. While other kids may have self-soothed by sucking their thumb or biting their nails, I began chewing the taste buds off of my tongue. I would chew until my tongue bled, with sores all across the front and sides. It remains my tic to… Continue reading How Do I Calm Down? [Personal Tips To Help Find Sanity “In The Moment”]

Personal Reflection: Quitting and Mediocrity.

When I wrote the blogs about quitting and mediocrity, I had no idea that these questions would become extremely relevant in my life within just a few weeks. Just a week and a half ago, I was a student pursuing my Bachelor's degree at Purdue Global University. I was (and still am) a full time… Continue reading Personal Reflection: Quitting and Mediocrity.

Where’s the line between venting and toxicity?

Who hasn't felt lighter after venting to a friend? Humans are not meant to be corked bottles; there are great mental, emotional, and physical health benefits in expressing our feelings and letting them out. In addition, our listener may provide clarity and perspective that we are unable to see while we are "in the moment",… Continue reading Where’s the line between venting and toxicity?