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December 2015

The Blog Posts I Loved in 2015

December 28, 2015


Good morning, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and got to enjoy at least one day off. I took the 24th + 25th off, then ended up working and writing all weekend, and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. I’m still working on my year in review post, but one theme that consistently comes up in the second half of 2015 is that I’m grateful to be self-employed, because I get to pick and choose when I work (unless I’m on a deadline!) and what I work on. Rather than dreading another “Monday morning”, I woke up on the 26th and was genuinely excited to make coffee and get back to some of my projects. :)

One of my favourite projects to work on is Rockstar Finance. Jay and I have been friends for years, then started working together in January. If you remember, I used to write a weekly update that included one blog post I loved… well, on Rockstar Finance, we share 15 blog posts we love each and every week! To help compile the list, I now read more money blogs than ever before and am constantly looking for new ones. Besides getting to partner up with a friend, one of the best parts of working on the site is that I’m always inspired by all the great content you all put out into this world.

While I finish up my year in review post for Wednesday, I thought you might like to read some of my favourite blog posts from 2015 (listed in alphabetical order). Each one of them caused me to question my money beliefs, or change some of my daily habits and practices.

Enjoy, xo

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It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas… and Maybe That’s OK

December 24, 2015


I’ve been trying to get into the Christmas spirit for weeks. In mid-November, much to his surprise, I started recording Christmas movies on my dad’s PVR so I could watch them in December. I also made him get his Christmas tree early (on November 28th, to be exact) and strung around the lights, so he could catch a glimmer of it before he left for sea. I’ve listened to all my favourite Christmas albums – including the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, which I’ve listened to multiple times while working. And I’ve gone on a couple drives around the city, to check out some of the best light displays.

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15 Ways to Simplify Your Life (and Finances) Before the End of 2015

December 14, 2015


We’re nearly halfway through the final month of 2015 and, despite how calm I might seem on the surface, I’ve definitely been experiencing some end-of-the-year stress. I keep thinking about the fact that I haven’t accomplished some of the goals I’d set for myself; the invitations to coffees, dinners and holiday parties seem to be coming in almost daily; and I’m trying to figure out how to squeeze it all in, on top of my freelance work (which seems to be ramping up, not down like everyone said it would this month).

As the hours seem to fly by faster and faster, I’ve realized there is truly only so much we can do in a day, week or month – and sometimes, you need to let things go; that’s just one of the ways you can simplify your life, before the end of the year. Here’s a list of my other go-tos.

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