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.
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 molding. 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.
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.
His 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!)
It 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?