Hello everyone! I hope your first week of November went well. Today is my last day in New York. I’m a little upset that I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted to while I was here, and everyone’s schedule was a little hectic, but I think I gained some much-needed perspective.
Being Grateful for Visiting New Cities
I know I mentioned this before, but I’m amazed that I managed to fit in multiple trips this month. I went into the city a few times, I went upstate, and then I visited Boston a few days ago.
As I’ve said, I’m looking for ideas on where I should move. Right now, Austin is at the top of the list, but I’m always open to other cities, especially because I’ve traveled so little in my life.
Boston was a shining example of why I want to visit other places. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had only been there once before to visit a college I was accepted to.
I also don’t consider myself much of a city person. I like my space, and I’ve never had to rely on public transportation before.
However, after spending a night in the city, I realized I could see myself living there. The architecture is gorgeous, their library is absolutely amazing, and it feels comfy and cozy. The public transportation was pretty great as well.
Unfortunately, the rent is ridiculous! I haven’t been met with this problem yet, as I’ve only been looking at cities with a cost of living below or slightly above the average in the US.
I know there’s something to be said for being happy where you live. I’m just not sure I’d be happy paying $2,500 for a tiny apartment! Then again, there’s so much to do there. I think I’d be forced into going out more often, even if that’s just going to the library.
Regardless, I’m thankful for the experience. Growing up, “living in the city” meant living in NYC. That’s way too crowded and expensive for me! I kind of figured “city living” always equated to that, but obviously, no two cities are alike.
Being Grateful for Experience While Traveling
This is the longest I’ve been away from my apartment, and I have to admit, it’s been extremely challenging. While I took my PC with me (along with my laptop), the set up I had wasn’t ideal. As many of you know, I’m a night owl, and having a “curfew” of 10:30 – 11pm because my PC was in my grandma’s room killed me. The internet was also in and out the entire time.
I’ve been contemplating how I want to execute future travel plans while still being productive with work, and this has certainly been a learning experience for me. Considering I like to plan things out and not be rushed, I always figured I would do the “slow travel” method of staying in a place for a longer amount of time. This allows me to work while not feeling too guilty about it.
While I probably wouldn’t have a curfew to deal with in the future, it’s still hard to be out of my element. I’m actually looking forward to returning home and getting back into a routine!
Being Grateful for Charity
Today, many different charity streams are going on for Extra Life. What is Extra Life?
Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $14 million for local CMN hospitals.
One of my favorite content producers on the web, Rooster Teeth, is taking part in this for the third year in a row. The goal is to raise $300,000, and they’re steadily working their way there (while being one of the top teams).
Edited – They ended up surpassing their goal, raising around $520,000. It’s crazy what the power of community can do!
Writing Around the Web
On Young Adult Money, I gave my best advice on how to simplify holiday shopping (cough, don’t go at all, cough), and how to turn your financial goals into a game. I know not everyone is super motivated to save or pay off debt, but making it into a competition of sorts can be fun!
On Frugal Rules, I listed 11 things you can do besides watch TV. That might upset a few people, but I’m not a fan of mindlessly consuming content, which I find most people do with TV. Quite a few people in the comments shared their experience cutting out TV!
On MagnifyMoney, I shared how millennials can lessen the burden of moving back in with their parents. It can be a difficult situation to be in on both sides, and having a greater understanding of that (and knowing how to work your way out of it) can help.
Also, a quick side note, I’ve changed my Twitter handle. This is likely a sign of things to come, but it’s now @erinmcreates. If any of you have been sharing my posts via Twitterfeed and have my old handle in there, I’d appreciate it being changed. I still have @journeytosaving, but it’s an empty profile. ;)
That’s it, folks! I hope you enjoy your weekend.
What are you being grateful for this week? If you’re location independent, how do you manage traveling and work? How do you prefer to travel? Do you enjoy living in a city, in the suburbs, or in a rural area?