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December 2013

The Year of Possibilities: How Did I Do?

December 30, 2013


Hello, friends! How were your Christmases? My week at home was everything I could have asked for. I spent time with my family, made new memories with friends, surprised my 4-year-old “niece” with a gift Santa had accidentally left under my tree for her… (as well as a little piggy bank from her Auntie Caitlin, of course). I received everything on my Christmas wish list. And Dad’s ship even docked, so he was able to come home for Christmas! I left Victoria on Saturday feeling relaxed, which isn’t always easy to accomplish this time of year.

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TGIF: Let the Holidays Begin!

December 20, 2013

longtail kitchen pad thai

Ok, I actually still have two more days of work, but I’m heading home for the holidays this weekend, and I could not be more excited to see everyone! After I squeeze in one more workout…

This week has felt very… heavy. Delicious! But heavy – with food, that is. On Sunday, Wendy and I spent the afternoon baking cookies (which was not cheap). I ate a few while we baked, then packaged the rest of them up to give away – mostly because I knew I could’ve easily eaten them all myself, haha. Later that night, Krystal and I met for dinner at Longtail Kitchen in New Westminster. Everything I’ve eaten there has been good, but their Pad Thai might be the best I’ve ever had.

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Taking Control of My Health (Care) in 2014

December 18, 2013

red cross hospital

So, on Monday I told you about all of my fun, ambitious savings goals for next year, right? Well, today I’m going to tell you about some of the new, not so fun categories you’ll be seeing in my budget starting next month. What could they be, you might be wondering… I’m talking about health benefits and insurance policies. Get excited, friends! Ok, don’t. But hear me out.

In September 2012, I quit my job in the BC Public Service, where I had a pension, benefits, short- and long-term disability, etc. to take a more rewarding career in a small company where I would have none of that. Has it been worth it? Yes. A million times, yes! But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an effect on my budget. The reason I’m putting so much into my RRSP right now, and even more in 2014, is because I don’t have a pension to fall back on. As for benefits: I’ve been living without those ever since, and I’ve had to hand out a couple wads of cash because of it.

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