Oh, hello! Remember me? It’s only been two weeks but I have so much to update you all on. Let’s start with what really caused my somewhat short-lived hiatus…
Earlier this month, I lost two relationships that I never expected to lose and, as a result, went through some serious stages of grief. I cried, I sobbed, I screamed and I was stunned. Then I decluttered and sold/donated a pile of things that simply sat on shelves (and then I sold the shelves). Oh, and I also shopped. A lot. Fortunately, I had my #pfworkout savings and some of this month’s budget there for that, so nothing was swiped for. And, so far, I’ve pocketed $230 from everything I’ve sold, so it’s almost evened out.
While one of the relationships is a 14-year friendship that is now lost forever, the other is one that will eventually just change shape and reform when the time is right. Luckily, this blog has taught me that the best medicine for any period of difficulty is to be open, honest, and work through it. So I talked to friends daily (if not hourly). I wrote letters I will probably never send. And, despite falling off the #pfworkout bandwagon and eating my emotions for a few days (ice cream cake, anyone?) I went for at least one walk/day and continued to count my horrific calorie intake.
Are you ready for the silver lining? Because you know I’m usually good at finding it… Going through this situation forced me to reflect. I thought a lot about my life, my career, and my goals. And I spent a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest one day where I read a quote that, in usual Pinterest-style, helped motivate me. It said, “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” And it should come as no surprise to any of you that I have dreamt up a lot of ideas this year; some small, some big, and some that are almost unimaginable. But I decided to start small and go from there.
So, despite not publishing any posts, I worked on this blog almost everyday. If you have a look around, you’ll find that almost all of the pages have been updated. I added a projects menu, a page about advertising on Blonde on a Budget (for when I finally pull my blog off WordPress), and another page about how companies and websites can hire me. I also updated my blogroll and started building a resources page that includes some of the tools I use on a monthly basis.
But those are just the updates I have done to this blog. In the next few weeks, I plan on launching a second blog/website that I put on the back burner while finishing school. This is a project I literally lose sleep over, because I can’t stop brainstorming about what I want to do and imagining what could come of it. I’m so excited to share it with you all and cannot wait to see if/where it finds a place in the personal finance community. Until then, consider my hiatus officially over!
Thanks for waiting :)