Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week. I truly cannot believe that FinCon is next week already. I know I was very late to the party, but even so, that means September is more than halfway gone! I give up on keeping track of time. Last week, R and I were discussing how fast things have been flying by, and we both agreed that after high school, time speeds up. It’s just a fact.

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Exploring!

So, what am I being grateful for this week? Let’s see. Last weekend, R and I actually decided to take a trip to the Habitat Restore place near his job. It’s a crazy combination between Goodwill and home improvement. While they have furniture, books, and electronics, they also have cabinets, tile, doors and Being Grateful - Habitat Restore | Journey to Savingmolding. I was going to make a post on our experience there, but it didn’t strike my fancy that much. If you’re a homeowner doing renovations, you could potentially score some amazing deals there.

From there, R and I drove a bit further north, wanting to explore the nearby towns we’ve heard about, but haven’t been to. It’s about time! We’ve only been in the actual city-center once as it is, so we might as well get out to other surrounding places. On our way back home, we passed over Lake Norman, and saw some ridiculously beautiful homes sitting there on the water. I’d really like to visit, as it’s the closest thing to a beach we have, but the “official” entrance is almost an hour away from us.

As R was driving, he commented that we should drive around aimlessly more often. I agreed. There are a few back roads that don’t have as much traffic on them, which means we don’t have to worry about going slowly to take in the views. We’ll probably focus more on this next month. If we do stay in Charlotte, it would help us decide where we should go next.

Helping

One of my closest friends (who I actually met online about 8 years ago now, wow!) has been interested in the world of blogging ever since I mentioned it to him. While he’s not the slightest bit interested in personal finance, he is into gaming, and I told him he has nothing to lose by creating a blog centered around that. I don’t exactly have authority in that niche, but I thought it would be doable considering he is pretty opinionated and a decent writer.

We finally got around to brainstorming this week, and it was fun! We got together a list of categories and topics he should talk about, thought of a name for the blog, and discussed the different directions he could take it in. He has a lot of ideas, he’s just stuck on the time factor. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, blogging does take up a decent amount of time, but it could pay off in the end.

Being Grateful - Business Card | Journey to SavingHis goal (and my goal for him!) is to be able to become a full-time blogger/gamer. He’s currently stuck in a rotten job that he wouldn’t mind getting away from at some point. We did a little digging and found some blogs that accept guest posts and contributor posts, so I’m hoping something comes out of it for him in the near future.

I was really grateful for the chance to be able to help. I don’t think I’m an expert on blogging by any means, but I certainly know what it’s like to start out and feel overwhelmed by the options. My friend has never worked with WordPress before, either, so I got a chance to highlight some of the unexpected back-end work that blogging involves.

On another helping note, I was grateful for the opportunity to review Shannon’s new book. It’s awesome to see someone move beyond the realm of blogging to being published. I think a lot of you would agree that Shannon has a great message on personal finance that needs to be heard by more than those she can reach with her blog, and I’m just excited she has the chance to do that with her book!

Lastly, I am grateful for the help R gave me in designing my business cards. For those that don’t know, he went to college for graphic design, but he dropped that quickly after graduating. Nevertheless, I always go to him for ideas or critiques on my own designs. I definitely didn’t have the same vision as he did, and I’m really glad I asked him for help, otherwise I wouldn’t have ended up with these awesome cards. Just the back is pictured – I got a double-sided card. (Also, thanks to everyone who recommended VistaPrint!)

Weather

Being Grateful - Fall Scented Oil | Journey to SavingIt is very slowly, but surely, cooling down here. There was one day our thermostat actually said 77* (it’s set to 78*). Upon checking the weather for the next 10 days, it’s actually supposed to go down to the mid-70’s by next weekend! Of course, I won’t be here to enjoy it, but hopefully it lasts.

I’ve been reading that fall is the favorite season of many of my fellow bloggers, which is nice. I always ran into people who would scoff at fall, as it overtook their favorite season of summer.

I can’t put it into words, but fall is just my favorite season, simple as that. While I love bundling up, wearing scarves and boots, and seeing the leaves change color, there’s also something changing in the atmosphere itself. Perhaps it’s because summer brings unbearable humidity to the point where you can’t breathe, and fall allows a reprieve with crisp, fresh air.

Either way, I always seem to find my footing in fall. I’m happier, more energetic, more motivated, and more inspired. Does anyone else feel this way with the change of seasons, or am I crazy? Oh well, I’ll take it =). To start the festivities a little early, I got this Febreze scented oil refill. It smells amazing.

What are you being grateful for this week? Is summer your favorite season? Do you like helping other bloggers figure things out? When’s the last time you explored your city?

 

42 Comments

  1. Shannon @ Financially Blonde September 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    I am grateful for your help with my book too!! And that is so awesome that you are helping your friend get into blogging. My best friend in the whole world is a stay at home mom and she is thinking about throwing her hat in the blogging ring pretty much from watching me. She just has to figure out exactly what she is passionate about. I am thankful I am passionate about personal finance otherwise being a part of the community would get REALLY boring REALLY quickly.

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    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      It’s really neat to be able to open people’s eyes to the opportunities out there! I hope she figures out her topic. That’s definitely the hardest part sometimes. My friend kept wanting to write about a variety of games, and I told him to focus on just one for now, otherwise the blog could come across as too broad.

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  2. Kassandra @ More Than Just Money September 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Your friend is lucky to have you to lean on for advice and know-how when it comes to blogging. It definitely is time consuming but I know I get a lot of enjoyment from it and the freelance income certainly doesn’t hurt. I just received my new business cards from Vistaprint and I’m happy with the outcome also. See you next week Erin!

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    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      It’s nice to be able to present the opportunity to people outside of the blogging world. I know I had no clue money could be made online via freelance writing, so I’m happy to pass along the word. I’m really hoping it works out for him, he just has to find the time to get the ball rolling!

      I’m glad your business cards came out well! I was a bit nervous as the design looked blurry in the preview. See you soon!

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  3. debs @ debt debs September 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Very nice cards! Have a great time next week!! It’s got so cold here all of a sudden. Today was 12 degrees which is low 50’s. I love fall too but the drastic change too quickly was a bit hard to take. ;0)

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    1. Erin M. September 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Thanks Debs! That is pretty drastic, though I can’t say I wouldn’t mind that over the 80’s =). I just wish the weather was a bit more consistent!

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  4. Kara September 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Very cool you can help your friend! Sometimes we don’t give ourselves credit for how much we know about certain things, you know?
    Summer is my favorite season, but fall is pretty great, too!

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    1. Erin M. September 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      So very true! I think it was more of me realizing how much I knew after answering his questions, because it’s all second nature to me now. That was definitely not the case a year ago!

      I think I could tolerate summer better in a place with no humidity; that’s what gets me about summer.

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  5. Kirsten September 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I love helping other new bloggers figure things out! I’ve gotten emails from a couple of new bloggers, asking for advice or help recently – which feels odd (really? Me?) and awesome at the same time. Sounds like you’ve become a bit of a blog coach ;-) new side gig?

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    1. Erin M. September 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      That’s awesome! It makes me happy when others reach out and ask me for my thoughts on things. I would love to be a coach in some form, some day.

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  6. Tonya@Budget and the Beach September 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I love the fall too, but we don’t have much of a fall around these parts, but i will be in detroit for a week so hopefully I can experience a little then! The card looks good!

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    1. Erin M. September 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      As much as I think Cali has beautiful weather, I’m not sure I could move somewhere that doesn’t have fall! I think I’ll be in for a shock this winter as these parts rarely see snow. Not that I really mind after the crazy winter we had last year…

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  7. Practical Cents September 14, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I love the fall too. It’s definitely my hubby’s favorite and now it’s mine as well. The cool crisp air is so refreshing especially if you’ve had a harsh muggy summer!

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Yes, that’s mostly what I’m looking forward to! No more humidity and mugginess!

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  8. KK @ Student Debt Survivor September 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Fall is my favorite season too! I’ve always wondered what was in the “Restore”. There’s one by my parent’s house but I’ve never been. Now I guess I’ll have to take a look. Business cards look great!

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Thanks! I think the stores vary with what they have in stock. This is the first one I’ve been to, and it was a lot bigger than expected! However, my dad was less than thrilled with the one near him, but he was mostly looking for hardware material.

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  9. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank September 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    I like how R made your business cards simple yet attractive. I like the combinations of color and the over-all design which really look professional. R does know how to make that trick in graphic designs. You’re so lucky to have a friend like R.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Thanks Jayson! I’m just glad to let R use his talent whenever possible.

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  10. Holly@ClubThrifty September 15, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    I love late summer/early fall. I just hate what comes after! =/

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      I think a lot of us do, though I am looking forward to seeing how winter plays out here. According to weather data, the average high is around 55* during the winter, which beats the hell out of what I experienced last year in NY.

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  11. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life September 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I don’t know that I have a favorite season, but I certainly have a least favorite- winter. As beautiful as it is, I hate being cold, and trudging through NYC when it’s freezing is not my cup of tea.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      After last winter, I’m inclined to agree with that! It was absolutely brutal. There’s nothing worse than having the cold go right through you.

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  12. Kayla @ Shoeholicnomore September 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I freaking love fall! It’s the best: scarves, boots, cardigans, pumpkin flavored everything, yummy baked goods, crisp air, beautiful colored leaves! It’s the best, hands down :)

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Agreed on everything! I’ve never been one for pumpkin, but I’ve never actually tried anything pumpkin-flavored, so maybe that should be on my list of things to do this fall.

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  13. Addison @ Cashville Skyline September 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    There’s been so much to be thankful for lately – a recommitment to fitness, freedom from an oppressive job, the time to spend with my family. And fall in Tennessee. I may actually go camping in the mountains in East Tennessee for the first time this year, and for that, I am immensely grateful.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Oh, that sounds lovely! I think a visit to Tennessee is due at some point. We’re apparently 3.5 hours away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so if you do go camping, be sure to tell us how it went! I’m really glad you’ve had so much to be grateful for lately. I love that you’re enjoying your new position!

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  14. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply September 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    That’s great you were able to help your friend out. WordPress really makes it user friendly. Can’t believe summer is pretty much over…didn’t really have much of one. Fall is nice…dreading the winter though. Even though I’ve lived in NYC my whole life, I still think there are plenty of places I haven’t explored.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Yes, WordPress is pretty easy to navigate and very user-friendly. It’s way better than coding by hand! My mom was telling me that winter is supposed to be brutal again up there. I hope not – I think there was enough snow last year for quite a while.

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  15. Natalie @ Budget and the Bees September 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I like how your business cards came out! I’m loving the little social media icons.
    I am one of the fall weather scoffers. It’s been way too cold when I wake up in the mornings, and it just makes it too difficult to get out of a warm bed. I think I slow down in the fall and winter like a cold blooded animal.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Thanks Natalie! I tend to like when the temperature is between 55-75, with no humidity. Winter definitely gets cold up there, though, and I get tired of that easily!

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  16. Michelle September 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    That is great that you can help your friend out. I’m always surprised at what my friends can help me.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      That’s true – it’s always nice to get different insights on things!

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  17. Mrs. Frugalwoods September 15, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Hooray for the fall! I just drank some hot cocoa in an effort to pretend it’s even colder than it already is (quite chilly here tonight, actually)! And, VistaPrint is the best–so cheap and easy to use. My in-laws enjoy visiting Lake Norman too, it’s a gorgeous area.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      I obviously need to become a snowbird and go back up North until it gets too cold. I am always jealous of the weather back home. Hopefully the tables will turn soon enough. =) I’m sure we’ll get to Lake Norman at some point, we just need to care enough to make the trek over there!

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  18. Liz September 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I’m right with you on fall. It’s a season that I really enjoy. I am thankful you wrote about waffles last week… guess what I made for breakfast on Saturday and then leftovers on Sunday. Yep, waffles!

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Awesome!! I just made some tonight. Yum.

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  19. DC @ Young Adult Money September 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I’ve met a lot of people who would like to blog, but unfortunately I haven’t met any who has been serious about it. I think it would be incredible if your friend could become a full-time blogger. It seems pretty tough to get to that level, but it’s totally doable if someone is motivated enough to put in the time and work to get there.

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      I am hoping he gets serious about it. He is at a good point as he’s still living with his parents, so his expenses are pretty minimal. He definitely has the expertise to get there though!

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  20. Melanie @ My Alternate Life September 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    That’s awesome that you could help your friend! I love helping friends out, it makes me feel useful. :) Your business cards are looking snazzy too. See you at FinCon soon enough!

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    1. Erin M. September 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      So much of blogging involves only yourself, it is really nice to feel useful by helping others out! It’s neat to realize how far we’ve come. I hope you have a safe flight!

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  21. Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans September 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I keep telling my creative friends/family to start their own blogs. It doesn’t have to be for profit – it’s just great when people can share their own stories/opinions!

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    1. Erin M. September 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      I agree! Plus it’s the easiest way to find others with common interests. I know no one else in my life cares as much about personal finance as I do, so I don’t bother discussing it with them.

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