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September 2014

Update: September 2014 Budget & Goals

September 30, 2014

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At the beginning of the month, I knew September was going to be expensive… I mean, really expensive. With so many trips planned in the same 3-week period, plus two weddings to buy gifts and a dress for (which was on the approved shopping list!), I had to budget 60% of my income for living expenses and a whopping 35% for travel. That left me with just 5% for savings – eek! – and I was not happy about it.

As soon as I saw those numbers, I told myself I had to try and cut back wherever possible, in order to put a little more in the bank. Was I successful? Let’s take a look.

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TGIF: It’s Good to Be Home

September 26, 2014

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I’ve been saying it all week, but I’ll say it again: it feels so good to be home. There’s just something about crawling into your own bed at night, and listening to the sounds of your neighbourhood as you fall asleep; waking up in your own home, walking into the kitchen first thing and making a huge French press full of coffee (from Portland’s Stumptown, no less!); grocery shopping, cooking and eating food that hasn’t been prepped, cooked (deep-fried) or served by somebody else. And I’m scared to tell you how much I spent on fresh fruit this week, because it was impossible to find in New Orleans… but it’s all been delicious!

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6 Things I Learned About Myself After Travelling for 6 Weeks

September 23, 2014

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As you guys know, I’ve been all over the map recently. I spent a week in Victoria, drove to Edmonton and back, spent nearly two weeks in Toronto, went on a road trip to Portland, flew to New Orleans for a conference, and took a secret trip to see that old someone special in between it all. Every city has surprised me, given me new memories and filled my stomach with delicious food. As of very early Monday morning, however, I’m finally home in Vancouver for a few weeks and it feels so good to be here.

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