Give Me Back My Five Bucks

A quick weekend update

So far, my trip to Vancouver has been fairly frugal. I spent $37.50 in bus/bus/ferry/bus money, and then another $3.50 to take the Skytrain another 30 min. to BF’s work. Other than travel costs, and a quick trip to the supermarket ($12), I haven’t spent anything.

Last night I met all of BF’s cousins, and tonight a lot of his family and friends were over at his house, so it was pretty overwhelming, but they all seem really nice.

I also have been thinking a lot about what Nancy said in a comment to a previous post, where I wrote about being open about this blog, and about my finances with

Krystal – sort of like what leighann said, here’s a different take re BF: what if he completely accepted you in your current financial situation? And showed diplomacy in skill in not asking you to spend more than you are comfortable with, right now? And was really supportive of you? For the rest of your time together, you would have the confidence that rain or shine, he accepts and appreciates you as you are. Just a thought.

I like that idea, and I know deep down that he will understand and be supportive of me, and I know he’ll accept me for who I am. It’s just really frightening to reveal so much about yourself to someone … and even though I really do want to open up and tell him, I think I’m going to hold off a bit longer. Maybe until next weekend. I think I want to try and get him to do some guest posts in this blog as well. I think it’ll be interesting to get a different perspective on personal finance, from someone close to me. We’ll see if that pans out. :)

Just putting this out there, but …

I just got completely turned on by the thought of compound interest.

What is wrong with me??

On losing 10 lbs, life, and the future

Despite it being the holidays, and despite the fact that I don’t think I’ve gone 20 minutes without shoving some form of food in my mouth for the past week, I’ve managed to lose 5 lbs. during the month of December.

This is very surprising. I think it has to do with a bunch of different factors – being stressed out about the job situation, running a lot more than I’m used to, and doing a light workout every day (free weights, ab routine and stretching). I’ve also been eating healthier over the past 2-3 months, and I feel a lot better these days. I have more energy, and I also find that I’m performing better in my hockey games. I don’t feel as sluggish as I used to … and the best part? I feel more confident about myself. Maybe nobody can notice the physical changes to my body, but I can, and it makes me feel great.

And yes, that number on the scale is exactly what it is – it’s just a number. I’m not obsessed with my weight, but I am obsessed with staying healthy and not falling back into the unhealthy lifestyle I was living this year. What with working so hard and always being on the go, I really neglected my body. I don’t want to do that again. Ever. I was run down, always tired, very lazy, and I got sick for the first time in years. I felt gross.

The past few years, I’ve really struggled with my identity. Who am I? What do I value? What do I want from myself? Creating this blog, taking control of my life in 2007, and figuring out what I really want from life was the first step to my independence and well-being. 2008 is going to be all about life changes – emotionally, physically and professionally … and I’m ready and excited for the challenge. :)

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