Hi everyone! I have a special treat for you today. Something a little different…
In case you don’t want to watch the video, I’ll be transcribing everything. I don’t want anyone to miss out, especially if they’re browsing at work, or unable to listen.
I’ll only be publishing videos on Saturday for right now. I wanted to experiment and see how you all liked them. If you get a chance to watch, please leave a comment with your thoughts!
What led me to this experiment? FinCon + Melanie. Melanie and I had been talking at FinCon, and she shared with me that she didn’t think her personality came across strongly on her blog. (She’s even more quirky and lovely in real life! Hard to imagine, I know. =))
This is something I’ve been struggling with lately. I think I’ve found my voice, but there’s something to be said for actually being able to hear how I say things. Text doesn’t always convey tone the way we want.
So thanks, Mel, for planting that seed! I also attended a session by LaTisha on making videos for YouTube; she makes it seem like so much fun, I figured I would give it a try.
I have to admit, it was a little weird sitting there talking to the camera. I think it’s going to take me a little bit longer to really warm up to everything. To be honest, I normally analyze everything and try to get it perfect, but I’ve been learning that’s not always the best road to take. So I just went for it this time, and I apologize for the not-so-great quality!
Okay, onto the reasons I have for being grateful this week!
As most of you know, I love fall, and when I saw that it was in the high 60’s/low 70’s, I was super happy! The apartment was actually 73 degrees a few days ago. I couldn’t believe it.
I got to wear a hoodie and boots for the first time since moving down here! Of course, the temperature is going back up this weekend, but hopefully in 2 weeks it will settle into the 70’s.
The only bad thing? It was cloudy all week. The sun came out today, and I am loving it!
Unfortunately, my GPS was a little off, and we didn’t end up getting there until around 11:15pm. Thankfully he was off the next day! We grabbed a bite to eat, caught up, and left around 12:45am.
The main excuse for visiting was to see his cats, though. They’re part maine coon, and were so big and fluffy!
First, I am very grateful that Melissa from Sunburnt Saver offered to guest post here! I hope you all enjoyed reading her post on how to split the household bills when moving in with your significant other. It was perfect timing, as I was a little busy getting caught up this week!
Second, my first post for Careful Cents went up. I’m honored to be sharing my journey to becoming a solopreneur over there, as it’s an amazing resource for freelancers. Please check it out if you have a moment! I’m not going to be posting any freelance-related topics here; all of that will be over at Careful Cents.
Third, I decided to send in a “Dear Debt” letter to Melanie. It was actually pretty cathartic to write! I don’t talk about debt as much as I should on here, but I knew Melanie’s blog serves as a great outlet. =) If you want to write one, you should!
You all can laugh, because it’s actually a mystery shop for a beauty store. Ironic, since I’ve drastically cut down on buying cosmetics. I’m doing it later today, so I can’t give you all the details, but I’m happy to be getting paid to shop. That’s the dream, right?
I would encourage all of you to see if there are any focus groups around you, especially if you work from home. Having a flexible schedule can help.
September is almost over
This is a weird thing to be grateful for, but I’m ready for fall to truly begin. September was also a super busy month, and I’m looking forward to calmer days!
I grossly underestimated how crazy FinCon was going to be, along with all the preparation that went into it. I plan on providing a more in-depth post for you all, but I have to second what Kassandra said the other day – plan now if you want to go to FinCon15! I understand if things are up in the air, but at least start thinking about it.
What am I looking forward to? R and I decided to take a day trip to Asheville for now, to see how we like it. The hotels there haven’t gone down in price, and for one night, it’s not worth it. It’s only 2 hours away, so we’re going to suck it up and drive there and back.
My mom also wants to go horseback riding. I’ve never been, and I’d love to try it, so we’re going to fit that in somewhere when they come to visit us.
There you have it! Those are my reasons for being grateful this week. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
What are you being grateful for this week? Have you been bundling up already? What do you think about doing videos + blogging?