Alexa, I’m bored. What should I do?

Being in your early twenties means you are still expected to do “things” after work/ on the weekends. It could be a Monday, Thursday, or a Friday and you will still have someone in the group text asking “Anybody want to grab a drink?” Whether it’s because your wallet is slowly withering away to nothing, or because you have been dreaming of getting back into bed as soon as you got out of it this morning, you’re staying in –and happy about it.

If you can’t find the password for your cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s daughter-in-law’s Hulu/Netflix/Amazon Prime account, here are some tips to avoid boredom while you indulge your introverted side.

Decide on your go-to karaoke song

My personal favorite is to pretend I know all of the words to “Killing Me Softly”. Why? I have no explanation. I can hit approximately 0 of the notes. Sorry neighbors.

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Look up home renovation projects.

Coming from a girl who used a high-heeled shoe as a hammer to put up curtain rods, we all know this isn’t going anywhere. But hey, at least now you know that, in case of an emergency, you know how to retile a bathroom?

Look up how to poach an egg.

Honestly… does anyone even know?

Take ~100 personality tests on Buzzfeed

I mean, how do you really know yourself if you don’t know what type of bread you are?

Look up any ailments you have on WebMD

Hi yes, 911? I thought I just had sweaty eyelids, but it looks like that’s a definite symptom of volcanic ash poisoning, I think you should send an ambulance.

Decide who would play you if there was a movie about your life

I think I would be played by Betty White if I’m being totally honest. But hey– I’m open for suggestions!

Hello, LifeAlert? I’ve Moved, and Apparently That Costs A Lot

Being a real live adult doesn’t really set in until you go to buy a rug and some plates and the cashier asks for $50 and your left kidney.

Moving out will make you realize all of the things you never knew you needed: a vacuum, lightbulbs, toilet paper, sponges, dustpans and hydrogen peroxide ????  With all of these new expenses, I had to do a major re-evaluation of what I wanted to spend money on.

If you’re looking for ways to save money, you are not in the right place.

It’s not that I’m “bad” at budgeting, necessarily–I’m just weird at budgeting. By this, I mean I will live off of solely canned goods for two weeks straight, because I then I do this *super cute thing* where I impulsively buy a whole new furniture set on a whim.

Fact: If anything has a really high price that is crossed out in red and replaced with a much lower price, I have to buy it.

Was the first price outlandish to begin with? Yes.

Is the second price still too expensive? Probably.

Do I need it? NOPE.

But into the cart it goes!!!

…and then its chickpeas, black beans, and corn until my bank account recovers.

Although a small part of me dies a little bit every time I see my paycheck get slashed in half on the first of the month, it’s forced me think a lot about my spending. How we spend our money is the most literal representation of what we value and prioritize. So if we continue to spend money the way we do right now, is that an accurate representation of what we value?

(That feels like a very adult question and tbh I’d rather go get an oil change or make my own dentist appointment than confront that question but here we are.)

Right now, it’s all about finding a balance between living in the moment, and saving for the future. So I’m taking a look at how I spend to decide: save instead, or splurge?

1.   Food.

Think of all the random birthday dinners, impromptu lunch dates, and 2 AM pizza runs that come up out of the blue. Those are the times when you’ll want to splurge. A random Tuesday where you were just too lazy to pack a lunch? Earn that “treat yoself moment” and grab a can of soup, a grilled cheese, or a frozen pizza. You’ll be fine, sis. Save it.

2. Clothes

Go through some of your parent’s old photo albums and I guarantee you the words “THAT was in style back then?!” will go through your mind a hundred times. We’re all going to look back and think that, so do you really need that Gucci belt? That 6th pair of jeans that is a half shade darker than the rest of your jeans? Spend money on pieces you love and can wear again and again. Think of all the money you would have now if you didn’t spend all of your money on Holister graphic tees you just ~had 2 have~ when you were in eighth grade.  Save it.

3. Make up and hair

Honestly, this is my weakness. This category is where my impulse buys normally go. Although I am more than okay with “Wet ‘n Wild” concealer and off brand blush, I could spend all day on hair products, hair tools, hair masks, shampoos, conditioners, I want it all. If you’re like me, I have no guidance. Avoid those aisles in the store and hide your credit card when you’re wine drunk and online shopping. Godspeed.

If I’m not splurging– what am I saving for?

1. Travel

Like most people, I don’t want to be 45 years old, receiving postcards as I count down the days until retirement. I want to look through my old post cards to decide where to go next. Okay, you can enjoy that Chipotle now, but wouldn’t you rather eat calamari in Greece?

2. Presents

You can only play the whole “oops, I’m broke! We’re friends though, you get it :)” card before it’s rude and thoughtless. Do you wanna be the person with the new outfit every week or the person who makes the people in their life feel like they matter?

3. General big kid things

Yes, it sounds gross, and it kind of is gross, but life comes at ya fast. Goals are goals. Whether you want the dog/the babies/the cute house on the hill, own your own karaoke strip club bar, or be a nomad going to Burning Man every year, you’ll be happy you didn’t waste your money on the Holister shirts now.

This post might be more for me than it is for you. A self-motivating, self-therapy, self-get-your-ass-in-gear diary entry.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear tips and tricks that may have helped you save some $$$.

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Dear 2018, Sorry I’m Late, But I’m Doing My Best.

Spring cleaning, birthdays, break-ups, graduation, getting out of jail, New Years.

What do these things have in common? They inspire the need for change, renewal, and purging past negativity as we welcome a new beginning.

(You can also probably count on alcohol and an impromptu haircut that we later write off as a “phase” BUT not the focus here.)

A round of applause for those who have made a resolution for 2018 and actually kept it up to this point:

I, for one, am not included in this group BUT January is a free trial month!

As I plaster my phone background with pictures of Victoria’s Secret Models as motivation for my ever-so-original “get fit and eat healthy” resolution, I was thinking of some resolutions that might be worth trying (and might last longer than a week).

So here is my list of resolutions to try, fail, try again, forget about, think about, and then start fresh for 2019 with:

Write more handwritten thank you notes.

It’s so easy to take for granted when a co-worker covers a shift, or your sister lets you borrow her clothes, or a  front desk lady was nice to you when she really didn’t have to be. A handwritten thank you note could be the difference between someone having a bad day, and someone feeling like they really made a difference to you.

Pay attention and be intentional.

I have two very bad habits: 1. Taking it very personally if people aren’t intentional and thoughtful and  2. Not taking the time to be intentional and thoughtful myself. It means so much to me when people show me that they consider me, so I would like to put more of an effort towards that.

Remember birthdays.

This goes along with the considerate thing. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you forget- but it makes you a little better if you put in that effort of remembering.

Offer to help more

The worst they can say is no. Make dinner, feed the dog, wash the car.

Take more pictures.

This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. There’s a difference between “wanting to live in the moment and not through a lens” and “i’m too lazy/I forgot/I”m sure someone else will take some”.

Give genuine compliments more often.

I always stop myself from complimenting people because I’m afraid I’m going to creep them out when in reality, unless the compliment is genuinely creepy like “That’s a nice bra strap”, a compliment will never fail to make my whole day. So why not hand them out a little more?

Speak kindly of others.

Quit talkin’ shit. If I wouldn’t want it said about me, why would I say it about someone else? A lesson I learned in preschool I should certainly be capable of doing now.

Strive for self-awareness: What influences my mood?

Is it when I get more sleep? Eat past a certain time? Have only one cup of coffee? Who in my life is a common denominator for my good days? Bad days?

Finish a whole stick of Chapstick before losing it!!!!!

TBH I just think this could be a cool fact to tell people as icebreakers?

So cheers to you, 2018.

Here goes nothing…

Spring has Sprung: A Gift Guide for Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day

Spring is probably my favorite time of the year. Fall is great and all, but there’s nothing like the feeling that winter is finally over. For whatever reason though, I find myself absolutely dreading Father’s and Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely ADORE my parents, but how am I supposed to say how much I appreciate them with just a simple gift or card? It also doesn’t help that both of my parents’ birthdays are in Spring as well (which is just rude if we’re being honest). In order to not be caught off guard for this gift- giving season, I’ve decided to list some of the ideas that I’ve had. Over the past few years, I’ve stuck with pretty generic gifts that I for sure know they would like. Well, to my dismay, my dad politely mentioned one holiday that if I get him one more coffee mug, he’s going to put me up for adoption.

Point taken, pops.

So this year I’m deciding to go with gift ideas that they might really want, but maybe wouldn’t buy for themselves.

  1. Candles-GOOD candles
  2. Pocket knife key chain
  3. Anything having to do with the University of Tennessee
  4. Nice oven mitts
  5. New bath towels
  6. Any baking supplies-they love to bake but all of our appliances are as old as the hills
  7. New wallet

Right now, that’s the best I have. They’re deciding to move soon, so house warming gifts might be the way to go this year.

xoxo,

B