Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tips To Keep Those Money Worries At Bay

*collaborative post

It’s not unusual to worry about money. It’s something that a lot of us rely on to live our lives, and we want to live our life ideally as comfortable as possible. So with that in mind, here are some tips to keep those money worries at bay.



Make The Most Of Your Income

Your income is what gets you by each month, and so it’s important to make the most of your income where possible. When it comes to your bill providers, try to find cheaper alternatives, and cut down on any subscriptions or bills that aren’t necessary. It can help to note these expenditures so that if times get tough, you know you’ve got elements of your lifestyle that you can cut out if needed. Paying taxes is a part of life, but you can always look at H&R Block online if you’re self-employed and want to save more money on your taxes through expenses.

Take Your Mind Off The Stress

You can stress about money even if it’s not really causing any problems at the moment. There can often be this fear of running out of money, but you can let this fear, stress you out constantly. If you find yourself thinking about money or stressing yourself out, try taking your mind off it. Do something to distract yourself whether that’s spending some quality time with the household or watching your favourite television show. Stress is an emotion that can put a lot of pressure on your body if it’s something that’s happening a lot, and your well-being should always be focused on. Find things that help you distract your thoughts.

Be Realistic With Your Budgeting

Budgeting is certainly handy to do throughout your life, and the better you become at budgeting, the more you can save in regards to your household income. However, it’s also good to be realistic with your budgeting because it will hinder your efforts if you’re not calculating them right. You know from previous months gone by, what you spend your money on. So when it comes to budgeting, be realistic, and give yourself a bit of wiggle room with every aspect of the budget. Each month is never the same, and you may end up spending a lot more during the summer than you do during the winter, or vice versa.

Don’t Feel Guilty When Indulging

Money worries tend to crop up a lot when you’re indulging and actually spending your hard earned money on yourself or others you love. Money is a material thing, and it’ll always be available, so don’t feel guilty when giving yourself a treat every now and then. If you do feel guilty, tell yourself immediately that you deserve it. You don’t want to get yourself into a habit where you hate going shopping because you make yourself feel bad. If it’s something you want and will make you happy, then treat yourself!

These tips will hopefully keep you feeling more positive when it comes to your finances.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rain


I took the photo above through the window of the car while we were out doing Saturday errands this morning. No need to worry. I wasn't driving :) This photo is indicative of how the weather has been nearly every day for the past two weeks or so....constantly rainy and cool. I know that some rain is needed, but it's become absolutely water-logged out there. I did like catching this image of the two trees against the grey sky through the raindrops on the car window. It looks like a black and white picture but it was actually taken in color, as you can see from the red in the bottom left hand corner.

Besides wanting a bit of sunshine from a practical-needing-to-dry-out-a-bit stance, it would also help my mood a bit. The lack of vitamin D is real :) Things have been a bit challenging lately on many fronts, but as I try to remind myself regularly, physically and figuratively...it can't rain forever. That is what I hold onto.

Take care wherever you are...blessings.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Weekend Pursuits



I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend wherever you are!

I like weekends like this. It's a three day weekend here and back home...the bank holiday weekend here and Memorial Day weekend back home, so no work on Monday. Yay! :)

I've been out doing a bit of gardening earlier today. I re-potted my two ferns that had totally outgrown their pots. I have a standard fern and then a maidenhair fern which I've mentioned here.  They both have come back from the dead almost and now they're thriving. So today my ferns got their own new "apartments" aka new pots :) Once they've settled in I'll have to share photos.

The photo above is one of the beautiful pink roses that grows in our back yard. I took this a year or so ago, but I thought that I'd share it again because it's so beautiful and it reminds me that summer is right around the corner.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Finding My Way




I found this photo above yesterday...it's from my early days of blogging. It's well over a decade old. It's a bit blurry, but there's something about it for me personally. I didn't go looking for this photo specifically, but I stumbled across it and it spoke to me. It reminds me of seemingly "simpler times"...or maybe not that simple, but it was taken during a time when I felt a bit more at peace. I love this photo because it prominently features nature...especially the beauty of a spring day. That bench looks so inviting. I remember the day when I took this. It's a visual representation of where I go in my mind or at least try to when things get tough. 

Here's to finding my way back to this bench in my mind's eye more and more. I'm working on it. Today was better than yesterday :)


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Doris Day




As many already know, yesterday, Doris Day passed away at the age of 97. I was a big fan of her work as many were. She lived a long life and left behind such a glorious body of work.

I became a fan when I was a little girl. As I've mentioned here before, I used to spend many Saturday and Sunday afternoons especially, watching classic movies from Hollywood's golden era. I loved musicals especially and Doris Day's beautiful voice was front and center in so much that I loved.

I liked all of her films, but my favorite is Young at Heart, which also starred Frank Sinatra. It was beautifully shot and I love to catch it every time it's on television. If you'd like, please check out this clip from the end of the film here. It features Doris Day and Frank Sinatra singing together. It's a lovely end to a wonderful film.

Rest in peace to both of them...they left great contributions to film and to music behind for us to enjoy always.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Renewal


Happy Sunday!

The photo above features my beautiful maidenhair fern. She's a bit of a resurrection and renewal story for real. Half of her had gone all brown and yellow only a couple of months ago. She was in a sad state. I'm not as green thumbed as my mother was, but I'm working on becoming a better gardener. I love the peace that it brings.

I realized that I was overwatering her and perhaps the bone-chilling ongoing cold of our Wiltshire weather was not helping. Before, I tried to think of what my mom would do and then after thinking it through, I realized that I was overwatering my fern. I thought that I was doing what was right, but I realized that I was suffocating her...drowning her...so I took a step back. And guess what? She's been flourishing :) It's been a lesson for me to relax a bit more in growing as a gardener, but also in my life. The lessons are there and I'm listening.

Have a good Sunday wherever you are :)