Hey everyone! This week went by extra fast somehow. It doesn’t feel like we’re halfway through July, but I know I keep saying that. I’m starting to wonder if working from home just makes time move faster because everything tends to be a blur!
Anyway, like I said last week, I didn’t do anything for my birthday. This actually felt like the most un-birthdayest of birthdays, if that makes sense. That’s okay, though – I’m grateful I’m still here even though I’m in denial about getting older. ;)
What I’m Being Grateful For: A New Monitor
For starters, my parents surprised me with a new 24″ monitor for my birthday. My dad had asked what I wanted, and I jokingly said I’d like to upgrade from my 19″ monitor. However, because I’m spoiled and have two monitors, there was really no reason to upgrade.
My old one was around 6-7 years old and the screen didn’t look great next to my other one, but I could deal. It wasn’t a “need” and other things are more important right now.
While I don’t like that they spent so much on a gift for me, the bigger monitor is handy when I’m working with Photoshop, and it’s a widescreen, so videos look great. It’s honestly still a little overwhelming to me because my other monitor is 21.5″, and now it looks really small in comparison. I would love to eventually have two of the same monitors for consistency, but these work just fine!
Really, if I had more desk space, I’d use all three. If that sounds crazy/wasteful to you, I just have one word: efficiency.
To gear up for my trip to Austin where I’ll be on my feet for 14+ hours a day for 4-5 days straight, I’ve been getting outside and walking 2 miles. This hasn’t happened every day, especially since rain loves to roll in randomly, but it’s been nice to force myself to get outside and away from my desk.
I know it’s simply about prioritizing my time and what I want to do, so I’ve been trying to work it into my schedule. R comes home and goes running, so I don’t leave myself any choice but to go with him.
Lately I’ve started alternating running and walking a la Couch to 5k, which I had started (embarrassingly) almost a year and a half ago, but given up on. It’s slow progress, and of course, I’m not going to become a runner overnight. But it’s been nice to be proud of the progress I’m making. Hopefully I can keep it up this time, especially since I’d like to go hiking more this fall.
A Little Shopping Trip
What?! This sounds weird to be grateful for, right? Well, the truth is, I hate shopping for myself. I guess that’s a good thing because I’ve never had a spending problem when it comes to clothes or accessories.
I don’t like malls, and if I have to be in a store, I want to get out as soon as possible. I hate trying clothes on because barely anything fits right and I just can’t be bothered. I have a closet full of clothes I already know work well, so why get more?
Well, I wanted to get a good pair of shoes for Austin, as I know all the standing and walking is going to take a toll on me. Flip flops aren’t going to work. Besides that, I also needed to get a dress for a charity auction I’ll be attending while there.
Last weekend, my mom, R, and myself went to the outlets. Every store was a bust as far as dresses went. I didn’t find anything remotely worth the effort of trying on. However, my mom and R ended up with the majority of the spoils, which was amusing.
My mom has back problems, and she picked up a comfortable pair of shoes for work, as well as a comfortable pair of sandals. R actually needed sandals, too, as his only pair had a hole in the soles. Both were 40% off and around $20 – not bad.
Then we came across simple v-neck shirts for R at Banana Republic for $9. He’s slowly been replacing his old shirts with new ones, and he picked up 3.
Finally, I was able to find shoes at our last stop. I got a pair of Saucony shoes that literally feel like heaven. They’re like slippers, and they’re adorable. They weren’t cheap, but there was a BOGO 50% off sale happening, so I picked up a nice pair of flats along with them for that charity auction. I have one other pair of flats I first got when I started working, and they’ve been worn down since then.
I was mostly concerned about the shoes and I’m very grateful I actually found a pair. My feet are really weird – one foot is bigger than the other, so shoe shopping is truly a pain.
I’m also really glad my mom was able to find a good deal on shoes. In the past, we’ve cheaped out and gone to Payless, but now that I’m aging (ahem), I think a good pair of shoes is worth the price, especially when you have back problems.
Writing Around the Web
Should You Mix Family and Money? on Frugal Rules – Lately I’ve been hearing conflicting stories about family and friends lending money to other relatives, and the results seem mixed. I go over potential issues and what you should consider before being generous.
How to Improve Your Credit Score on Wherewithal – Last week I talked about why your credit score is important, so I thought it was only fitting to give tips on how to improve it!
Why You Shouldn’t Let Your College Major Define You on Young Adult Money – A lot of graduates aren’t working in the field they studied in college (I’m not!). It can create a lot of inner turmoil when you’re paying back your student loans, but it’s important to think about what else your degree gave you.
The Ultimate Guide to Side Hustling on Young Adult Money – A two-fer this week! I put together the best posts YAM has ever published on side hustling and compiled them into one handy guide. Give it a look if you want to earn more!
That’s it for this week! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. ♥
What are you being grateful for this week? When’s the last time you went for a planned shopping outing?