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December 2015

The Year I Couldn’t Have Planned For

December 30, 2015


Every year, I’ve used the same format for my review posts: there’s typically a theme, and then a list of highlights from my finances, career, health and travel. At the bottom, I’ll share the goals I’d set for myself, cross off the ones I achieved and include reasons for all the ones I didn’t. When I looked back at my list of goals for 2015, however, I immediately knew I couldn’t follow the same format, because I barely crossed any of them off. In fact, if 2015 taught me anything, it’s that a list of goals can only take you so far. I couldn’t have planned for the things that happened this year…

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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.

Still, despite my best attempts, I have to say… it doesn’t feel like Christmas is here. Continue Reading…