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A Tight Budget

I have been a little loose with my money in recent times. Thinking about my bank account now, I cringe in pain. While good decisions at the time, I didn’t think about the aftereffects of my actions.

Thus being said, I’m going to have to focus on not buying things.

*gasp*

The shock of it all.

Honestly, though, I really do not need to be spending any money. I am also going to get my part-time back and focus on earning money when any opportunity comes my way. With a potential European trip in the future, I need to be saving and not spending.

I swear, that is going to become my mantra starting tomorrow: saving, not spending.

 

 

Any tips, dear readers, on ways to save money or earn quick cash (legally)? Have you found yourself in the same boat as me recently?

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Exercise Fever

Day 2 of my exercise fever: includes pain, sweat, and agony. Topped off with a sense of satisfaction like no other.

Okay, so maybe my workout isn’t that extreme. But this beginner is definitely in pain from the few things I’ve done. Where I lack muscles now, I’ll soon have some to protect my weak bones.

I’ve been starting off my exercise time with about 30-60 minutes on the treadmill. I’ve been a little cautious going to fast on this, mostly because of my weak knees. In my experience, overdoing it can cause immense pain for a few days and nobody likes that. However, I think I’ll steadily build myself up to running longer and longer (got two minutes in today!).

After throwing a few arm lifts and leg presses into the mix, I head back to my apartment for about 15-20 minutes of ab exercises (thanks Youtube). As I said before, it’s not a lot but it’s been fairly effective these couple of days that I’ve been doing them.

Either that or I’m the weakest human on the planet.

It’s been pretty exciting exercising and feeling like I’ve accomplished something afterward. It also helps that I have a few motivators to push me through. I’m talking to you, flab of tummy and bridesmaid dress that barely zips up. And maybe even you the 10 pounds that appeared out of nowhere.

I’m hoping working towards a flat stomach and strengthening my body overall will help me in the long run.

More news to come as I’ve pursued these endeavors a little longer. Until then, feel free to share any exercise routines you’ve found particularly helpful. I’d love to give them a try!

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Summer Cleaning

It’s time to get things straightened out and nice. I’m doing some DEEP cleaning and tossing a lot of things out (hopefully). My apartment is a bit too crowded and I need to free up some space…

Also time to clean up my life a bit. I’ve quit my part-time job (a bittersweet moment) and have weekends free again. I’m thinking exercise and time at the park and outside and reading books and writing books and doing fun things. Maybe getting a tan. Starting a fashion blog.

We’ll see where it goes.

The point is, it’s time to make some changes. To do better. Be better. Actually follow through with goals.

I’ve gotten some bad family-related news lately and I need to do better to make things better for others. To be someone to be proud of and that can be helpful in multiple ways. I’m on my way there. Things will get better.

Any summer cleaning for you, dear readers?

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The Big Clean

It’s official, dear readers. I’m currently obsessed with social media.

The one good thing I can say for me is that it’s really causing me to clean up and reevaluate myself. What do I need? What do I not need?

Unfortunately, my hoarding habits don’t die easily. I have definitely made some progress in organizing everything and making it neater. My next goals are to create a “backdrop” for videos – make a pretty background that I change on a weekly basis. I have a friend coming over tomorrow and she’s going to help me in brainstorming that.

After that is to organize my closet – and I’ll be honest, it needs a LOT of organizing. My closet is overflowing. This is both a good and a bad thing. I have cute clothes and accessories, but not enough storage for them. Oops.

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Please note I also have a wardrobe in my actual bedroom. One of the things I need to do is organize my dresses and find a place for my fancy hats… 

When I make more money, I’ll move into an apartment with a bigger closet (future husband, I hope you don’t own much). 

So, thank you current obsession, for helping me do what I should have done when I moved in to this apartment half a year ago. Maybe I’ll be able to present it for a one year rentaversary in August.

Any of you have the sudden urge to clean everything out recently? Do you have any organizational tips, dear readers? Feel free to share or comment below!

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Becoming Queen

 

I am a Queen.

No, not true-blue royalty. As amazing as that would be, I’m talking purely about my life and the owner of it.

Every decision I make affects my entire life. That’s a lot of responsibility.

 

So, in order to act like the Queen I am and bring a bit more meaning to my life, I have some changes that I feel I need to work towards. There’s a lot and it’s going to take a while, but I think I’ll be able to get it done.

So expect some changes. This blog will be a bit different. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I’m really going to be working toward my goals.

What are they? Glad you asked.

  • Fashion: As my adventure card reading stated on New Year’s, 2016 is when I’m going to focus on building my personal style and taking more interest in fashion overall. While it could be said that I’m recently obsessing over this because of said adventure reading (and possibly a Jane By Design marathon), this was all going to happen eventually. Working at Altar’d State part-time has really helped me grow my interest in clothing and fashion overall.
  • Writing: Be it blog, novel, short-story, fanfic – I’m going to learn how to write again. And it’s going to be awesome. Hopefully. Let me know if it’s not, so I can work on fixing it.
  • Music: This is going to be more of a challenge. After I buy my violin bow, I really want to focus on developing my skills here and one day mastering the violin. Yeah, I’ve harped on this a lot before, but I need to get this done. I can’t sit around saying I’m going to do it and be just talk.
  • Social Media: I want to go into marketing. I want to learn about marketing. And social media is kind of important. Thus, all of my beautiful social media accounts will get to see me more this year. This also includes posting more YouTube videos as a second part to my blog.

Okay, so there’s a lot more. Working on my confidence is a big must as well. Going on adventures and having fun at events in Austin. And networking. Lots of networking. I want to meet people and learn from them and become a better person because of it.

And just know that this isn’t a list that all Kings and Queens need to focus on. I just feel like it’s something that I need to work on: appearance, confidence, inner circle, and communication with the world around me.

So, that’s me and that’s where I’m heading. I’m steadily going to fill the role of Queen Brittany and rule my life accordingly, with head high and a smile on my face. We only get one life, so why not live it without regrets?

So, fellow Kings and Queens, how do you want to live your life?

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Goodbye, 2015

Bring it on, 2016.

While I can’t say that this was an absolutely terrible year, I am looking forward to starting fresh in 2016. A lot of things happened this year to help me progress in growing myself and becoming a “real” adult: got my own apartment, made it one year through my first full-time job out of college, dealt with bills and refinancing my stupid student loans, etc. I also got to go to Disney and went on a business trip in Florida. Got a second job.

On my list of New Year’s resolutions, I only maybe completed one – vacation and travel. And it was really only because of the business trip I went on. I really don’t want that to be the case next year. I don’t want to make resolutions that I forget about or give up on. So, in order to make next year more manageable, I’ve decided to take something from the goal planning assignments I had in college: make it measurable.

  • Write one chapter or 5,000 words a week (whichever is more manageable at the time)
  • Write one blog post each week (and more, if I can)
  • Learn to play one new song on my violin each month
  • Learn two new words each day (in other languages)
  • Have at least two Youtube videos to put up each month
  • Make 25 new contacts in Austin and elsewhere that I keep in touch with
  • Read at least three books a month
  • Spend an hour each week learning calligraphy

The list will grow, I’m sure. Of course, there are other things I want to do: travel again, learn to spend less money, get a job where I don’t have to work two jobs to pay all my bills, volunteer, be healthy, etc. Those are things that I really should be working on anyway and shouldn’t be a New Years resolution.

For some reason, I feel like 2016 is going to bring us some fantastic things. This will be our year.

So, dear readers, what about you? Feel free to share your resolutions (or methods to coming up with them) and hopes for the new year.

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The End of the Beginning

I have recently moved out from the world’s most terrible apartment complex (complaints to come at a later date) and into my own little abode in a beautiful apartment complex that actually cares about its residents. A nice change, I would say.

There have been many changes lately. Living on my own has come with its own consequences – higher bills (which we would all agree are the worst), seconds jobs, lots of quiet time, and have I mentioned higher bills?

While I wouldn’t say that my current standing in life is the most sought after, I would say that I’m not doing too bad. Yes, I have to work extra now to make ends meet, but the sense of independence and ability to focus on my goals are worth the negatives. I’m totally enjoying life.

And now that I have all of this time to myself (minus the time I spend at work), I want to focus on developing myself and actually reaching some of the goals I have set for myself. I figure if I put an hour or so aside each day, maybe I can meet some progress.

I also hope to write more – on here, on tumblr, in the stories that fill a file on my computer. Maybe even something on Wattpad. Who knows? What I do know is that I’m gonna go somewhere. I’m gonna complete a story someday and it’s gonna be freakin’ awesome (let me dream, okay?).

I’m also going to work on learning more tongues, figuring out how to do different hairstyles, and making food that is actually worth looking forward to eating. Yup, I’m going to become a pro chef (or as much of you can become with a box of pasta and some marinara sauce).

So, lovely readers, expect some extra awesome posts from me in the future (hopefully near future) and keep enjoying life. No matter what it throws at you, something good is always going to happen. That’s my philosophy anyway.

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Moving

Not yet, but I’ll be moving soon.

I’m pretty excited, because I’m going to get to decorate everything the way I want it. The only thing I don’t like – I don’t have the money to buy all of the things I’ll want/need. Luckily, I’m going to be getting a couch set for free and don’t have to worry about that. I’m going to have to get a second job, but it’ll be worth it. I just wish that I’d be able to spend more time at home since I’ll be paying so much to live there.

Can I just be rich yet?

Goals for the next month:

  • Look for a new part-time job, preferably something that won’t put too much stress on my knees
  • Work on my book – and actually get somewhere with it
  • Start planning new content for blog and Youtube videos (maybe work towards monetizing vlog, just for the few extra dollars)
  • Do well in Walking Works competition for my job; don’t overdo it and hurt my knees
  • Focus on staying healthy and not spending a lot of money; only purchase the necessities

Being an adult is stressful and maybe too much work sometimes, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. I’m just on a stepping stone and I’ll get to where I need to be in good time, where I finally won’t have to worry about anything and can just enjoy life.

So, readers, while I have no words of great advice, I come to you to ask for your opinions and thoughts. Do you have any advice for me?

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I’m Sorry

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…

These words no longer seem to convey the very meaning that they were created for.  An apology is useless if you say it a million times a day, for seemingly meaningless reasons. I find myself a victim of this quite constantly.

I recently read an article on Huffington Post titled ‘I’m Sorry Is My Armor by Jennifer Malise and it really speaks to me.

I’m sorry has become an armor that can be worn at all times. It’s not bad to be kind and cautious in dealing with others, but sometimes the fear of hurting people or doing something wrong is greater than the actual problem.

Fear, as Jennifer states, is something that keeps you small. Keeps you down and withholds you from every single goal you’ve ever had.

My dear readers, we don’t need to be doing that. We don’t deserve to be afraid.

I can’t preach what I don’t practice, but this is something that I’ve been working on for a while. To stop worrying about what will go wrong and instead focusing on what will go right. To stop apologizing for meaningless things without losing my kindness and respect for those around me. To just live and enjoy every second of it.

Dear readers, let’s stop apologizing for things we don’t need to. Let’s empower ourselves to take that next step and rise up in this world together.

I’m not sorry to be strong and you shouldn’t be either.

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