I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love coming home to Victoria. The minute I drive off the ferry (and get past the ferry traffic on the highway), I breathe a sigh of relief. The tree-lined streets are quiet enough that you can drive across the city in just 15 minutes. Running errands takes minutes, not hours. And most of my friends are here, so I can be walking along the beach or hiking up a mountain with a familiar face, almost as soon as I’m off work.
Now, Tonya made an interesting observation this week: bloggers everywhere seem to be in need of a break. I know I did for obvious reasons, but there does seem to be a trend in the personal finance blogosphere. Are we burnt out? Running out of things to say? Or is it something else? I know I’m in a place where I’m reevaluating my priorities which, at times, has left me lost for words. What do you write about, when you don’t know what’s most important to you? Well, apparently all I needed was a week of good conversations and beautiful surroundings, because I feel more inspired than I have in months.
Thank you, Vancouver Island.
The low of my week was… honestly, nothing. I had a great week!
The high of my week was hiking Bear Hill, which is a trail two of my girlfriends and I had never explored before. For those of you who are local, it’s right behind Elk Lake and offers the most stunning views of Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands. Oh, and we had a picnic at the top!
A blog post I loved was The Exact Amount to Maximize Happiness by J. Money. “Imagine if every dollar that leaves your wallet goes towards some form of happiness? That’s what “maximizing your money” is about. Spending just the right amount to reach your joy level without going overboard and having the ratio flip flop on you.” (I also loved being introduced to the newest member of his family, J. Nickel!)
The best money I spent was $6.25 to go to the gym by my parents’ house yesterday morning. (I went for three hikes on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but also wanted to do some weights this week.)
My plans this weekend include taking the afternoon off and heading up to Tofino! (And I’m sharing how to go there on a budget on Other Voices this weekend.) We’re only there until Sunday afternoon, so I’m going to unplug until then. Talk to you guys on Monday!
How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?