You Don’t Have to Do It All Right Now

November 30, 2016

You Don't Have to Do It All Right Now

It’s no secret that I’ve done a lot of living this year. I travelled to Squamish (multiple times), Whistler, Tofino, Toronto, New York, and 18 other states on my road trip. I made Adventure Tuesday a priority, and explored many new trails on Vancouver Island. I started running again. I fell in love with snowshoeing. And I went on my very first (and certainly not my last) solo writing retreat.

My friends in Victoria often tease and ask how I’m enjoying my retirement. I laugh it off, but sometimes feel like it’s true. While in previous years I did a lot more working than living, I intentionally chose to do the opposite in 2016. As each month passed, I worked a little less and lived a little more, and it’s been wonderful. However, I’m ready to shift back into work mode – and have realized I can’t “do it all”.

That hasn’t been an easy realization to come to. When I came home from my road trip, I brought back with me a long list of ideas, to-dos and new projects to work on. The list includes another season of Budgets and Cents, a new podcast, more print products and a course. Some projects will be done solo, others with partners (Carrie and Garrett), and the new podcast will include many voices.

I also want to make some changes to the blog, namely around the design. I want to do a content audit and clean up some of my old stuff. I plan to switch my email list from MailChimp over to ConvertKit. I have ideas for check-ins and new challenges for the Mindful Budgeting community. I’ve promised Carrie I’ll finally start using Asana. And I would like to start working with a business/creative coach.

As you can see, the list of things I want to work on is long… and doesn’t include any of the travel plans I want to make! But I can’t do any of it yet, because there’s one big thing I need to finish first: my book.

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Simple Reminders for the Holiday Season

November 28, 2016

Simple Reminders for the Holidays

I love this time of year. I’ve always been the girl who unabashedly starts listening to Christmas music in November, sings while walking down the street by myself (even if strangers give me funny looks), watches the same movies over and over again, and feels like a kid on Christmas Eve and morning. I’ve filled three mugs with hot chocolate and taken my brother and sister on a tour of displays since they were kids. And I still marvel at how a single string of white lights can warm up a room.

Now in saying all of that, I will still admit that the holidays don’t feel quite the same as they used to. As a family, we’re trying to figure out what our new traditions are, and I imagine it’s going to be a little different each year now that we’re older, my parents aren’t together and we won’t all be in Victoria. The fact that we no longer exchange gifts actually helps, as it takes a lot of pressure off and makes the holidays so much more meaningful for us all. But it still takes a little more effort to feel the same spirit I used to.

So when Laura asked if I’d consider writing something about the upcoming holiday season, my first response was no. But the more I thought about it, I realized that most people feel some amount of stress this time of year. While you might not be able to relate to mine, specifically, I can appreciate the chaos and anxiety that gets stirred up by all the shopping, spending, parties and obligations. It’s not always as easy as some people make it look. If anything, we should help ease the stress from one another.

If that sounds like what you need, here are a few simple reminders for the holidays:

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Coffee Date With Garrett Philbin

November 25, 2016

Coffee Date With Garrett Philbin

When I was on the road, I started this series so you could get to know some of the people I was spending time with. There was Anthony in Minneapolis, Carrie in Boulder, and I finally got to meet Ms. ONL at FinCon. But there was one person who I was texting with all along the way, and we didn’t actually meet until the tail end of both of our road trips – and that’s Garrett.

If you’ve read my last few posts, you have probably already gathered that Garrett is a fairly new friend, and that he has quickly become one of my best. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, but hey, don’t fight the universe, right? And I think we both agree that we do have the universe (and the internet) to thank, because Garrett ended up going on a 7-week road trip at the exact same time I did and to many of the same states. We didn’t cross paths until we got to FinCon in San Diego, but we connected early on, stayed in touch and shared road trip experiences all throughout. (You can read more about his here and here.) And since returning from our individual trips, we’ve stayed connected and continued to build a pretty amazing friendship.

If we didn’t have enough travel stories to bond over, Garrett also works in the personal finance space – as a money coach, through his business Be Awesome Not Broke! I have witnessed some of the work he does with his clients, and am continually impressed by how smart, caring and passionate he is. (He also makes a killer spreadsheet.) And when I heard him say that he helps people “budget with their goals and values” on XYPN Radio, I thought… wow, have we met!? (We had.) So for this last interview of the year, I thought I should introduce you all to Garrett. Based on everything I’ve just shared, it probably won’t surprise you that we plan on partnering up and doing some pretty cool things together next year. I’ll let him take it from here. :)

Before we get started: you don’t actually drink coffee, do you? (This is already awkward lol.)

Ummm, yeaaa… you might have to retitle this series now. Am I cool enough for that to happen?! Don’t answer that. Actually, it’s not that I DON’T drink coffee… I do every couple of weeks. It’s more that I shouldn’t drink coffee. I have more than enough energy as is (as Cait can attest), and when I drink coffee I get a massive jolt of energy and kind of feel drunk at the same time. So pretty much coffee is like a Four Loko for me.

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