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Crunching Numbers

I’m really feeling the pressure this holiday season… My monthly spend is through the roof right now, which means my anxiety is kicking in also.

Today has been a slow day at work, so I decided to sit down and crunch some numbers to hopefully help ease my mind a little. Right now I’m really feeling the pinch of the holiday season; gifts, pot lucks, Secret Santa’s, and new winter attire have been crucial this holiday season.

To ease my mind a little, I wrote down what my next pay cheque is going to be and what expenses I’ll have to pay off before I have some free money. Here’s my break down:

  • Monthly pay: $xxxx.xx
  • Ski lift/rental ticket: $xxx
  • Rent: $xxx
  • Credit Card: $xxx.xx
  • Gym membership: $xx

After everything my total free cash should roughly be $500. $300 gets put into my savings account and the other $200 will go to last minute gifts and gas for my small little car.

Breaking everything down like that and then figuring out what my priorities were really helped me out. My mind is somewhat stress free and put at ease. Something else I’m looking forward to is my dance tuition bumping down to $65/month. Not that it’s much less than what it was originally, but still quite nice!

Any who, I wish everyone the best while shopping and budgeting this holiday season. Don’t freak out when you feel the pinch. It’ll all fall back into place sooner than later as long as you really discipline yourself with your money.

Love Meghan

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Cheers to the Holidays!

Cheers to the holidays, welcome back to my warm and cozy blog. Grab a cuppa – this is going to be a good one.

I love the holiday season; gift giving, skating, family get togethers and work parties. Such a wonderful time to get together with all your loved ones and feel the holiday cheer. Not to mention that feeling when you’re Christmas shopping and find the PERFECT gift for everyone on your list… Even if that means going over budget.

 

At the beginning of October I made a spread sheet that listed who I had to buy for, my idea of what their gift was going to be AND my total budget per person. Naturally I went over budget for everyone on my list because I cannot help myself from picking up odds and ends that people would love. My advice for myself next year is: STICK TO THE BUDGET!

I’ve found myself in a bit of pinch – which was bound to happen considering my habits anyways. The best part is; everything will be paid off by the new year and in the new year I get to start fresh. Clean slate. No credit debt. Ski trip paid off. Ready for a party.

Happy holidays from my broke ass to you ❤

 

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16. Simple Things in Life

Watching a campfire crackle on a cool summer night,

When the chef makes your ramen just right.

The bitter sweet scent of coffee in the morning,

The colour of the sky when it’s a sailors warning.

The smell of old books sitting on a shelf,

Watching our favourite holiday movie, Elf.

Picking pumpkins from a patch,

That snapping sound when you strike a match.

The first wiff of his cologne,

Watching your dog dig a hole for her bone.

Finally popping that pesky pimple,

These are the things in life that are simple.

 

~ Meghan C

 

 

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15. Things I Like About Summer

Since I started this challenge later in the year, I’m going to adjust the seasonal posts to the current season – that being said, it’s summer!

Summer is the time where I find I see most of my friends. Everyone looks more alive, cheery and ready to party. I look forward to the summer months becuase that means reconnecting with old friends over beer and nachos on a patio. It means spending calm evenings by the lake at my cottage while watching the sun go down. It means family BBQ’s at my parents house. It also means that when you leave the club you won’t need to grab your coat from the coat-check and you can just stumble out of there and get your poutine fix immediately.

I always get excited during May, [although I am an autumn girl] when you start to feel the air getting a little muggy and noticing the sun staying out longer. It’s a sign that shouts “GOOD TIMES ARE COMING AND THINGS WILL FEEL BETTER!” The winter blues have gone, spring has put all the plant life in bloom and everything just feels peachy.

The last couple of years I’ve found it hard to find time off from work to go up to my cottage. What I miss the most is coming home from the beach, having a quick shower and a snack and snuggling in the sun room with a book. You’ve put on moisturizer, comfy shorts and a tank and you can still feel the sting of the sun on your skin. Your hair still smells like lake water, but boy do you feel refreshed… Next thing you know it, you’re asleep on the back couch and you’ve missed dinner haha.

That’s what I miss most. The simplicity that summer once was…

Until next time,

Meghan C

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14. A Talent You Have

The ability to perform… I suppose that’s a talent.

Ever since I was young I always got a thrill from having all eyes on me. All through high school I did musical theatre and dance. After high school I studied broadcasting and film because I liked telling stories and executing them through a entertaining medium and now I highland dance – which has probably been one of the best decisions of my life.

Coming out of college and starting my career I noticed I wasn’t getting much physical activity into my weekly schedule, so I thought of something I used to love that I wanted to start again and that was dancing. This time I wanted something a little more demanding and something unique. I dug down into my heritage and decided that doing highland dancing was the dance for me – and I was not wrong!

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I purchased my first kilt in February 2016 – a Muted Blue Stewart. Since then it has become my favourite tartan – but all things must come to an end and my dance teacher turned it into a mini kilt after buying my first kilt outfit last spring. There’s something about putting on the hose, vest and kilt that just makes you feel so powerful. You walk out onto your dance space at a performance and all of a sudden people just stop and stare becuase they’re in awe of the outfit and the strength it takes to do these dances.

I really want to start competing, but I see videos of all these girls who are so talented in this form of dance that I feel like I can’t even compare. Though I know you need to have a hard head about these things and go at it with all your mite – that being said either this fall or next summer is for sure when I want to start competing. That means a whole lot of hard work and concentration to look forward to this fall/winter [and no breaking an ankle like I did last year.]

Until next time,

Meghan C

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Sooth Your Office Environment

I love finding things that just light up my life – literally. Especially the ones that make your morning coffee THAT much more soothing…

A couple of months ago I got inspired to buy a diffuser. At first it was to help soften the air at my desk at work, I also had a cold at the time, but now it’s just a nice addition to my desk at work and it really helps relax me on those busy work days.

The one I decided to buy is the ArtNaturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier off of Amazon [thank god for same day shipping] and I also got a box of oils to go with it [click here] I adore this product… It’s bluetooth compatible, has a 7 colour LED light – pick your favourite and you can also set the time on it for how long it runs [I usually just leave mine on all day.]

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The oil selection I ordered has a great selection of them. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t like ALL of the scents, but I enjoy having them handy in case my mood swings. The scents included are: rosemary, sweet orange, lemon grass, frankincense, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender.
Most days I gravitate more to eucalyptus or lavender but I really enjoy frankincense too [just most people in the office space around me don’t, sadly.]

In total, I spent around $60 for the oils and the diffuser and I am SO thrilled with it. One of my new favourite stores at the mall is Saje. They do essential oils, skin care,

body sprays and lotions – all kinds of natural wellness products and they have the most beautiful scents for a diffuser. I have yet to splurge on some of their products – but when the time comes I’ll definitely give an update.

 

Until then,

Meghan C

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13. A Challenge You’ve Over Come

Life challenges are hard – I know that first hand… Through projects in high school, college, dance performances and even in my field of work. It’s hard when you’re under pressure; especially when you’re brain gets scattered and you’re not too sure how to resolve an issue.

The funny thing about challenges I’ve over come literally happened while I was in the middle of writing this post. I write all my posts while at work when I have down time and 3 things popped up that were time sensitive and demanding.

First:
We have a home base for our company in Collingwood and every weekend we’re part of a farmers market. With that we need to set up a canopy with our company logos on them. We’ve had this canopy for two years and just this past weekend the leg broke on it… Being the quick thinker I have trained myself to be (also the obvious actions to take) I called the canopy company and was able to order our staff up north a new canopy frame for 80% less than what we had originally paid. Best part is – it arrives this Friday (when this post is live).

Second:
Our summer event cruiser’s sponsor wasn’t quite too impressed with the photos we had sent them [he said there wasn’t enough exposure of his brand in our photos] so Thursday we’re going to do an extra event and get some wonderful photos and give them extra exposure with added value just to make up for what we had missed!

Third:
A winner had won a prize and was coming to pick it up on the same day she won – turns out we had the wrong prize in our folder and I was able to quickly get in contact with our prize supplier and get the correct tickets in our prize bin before the winner came to claim her prize!

I’m going away to a cottage this Thursday evening and having all these things line up immediately in one day is really relieving and makes me feel 100% more comfortable about going on vacation – now to do live-promotion schedules for next week and I’m pretty much done my weekly to-do list [and today is Tuesday].

Needless to say –  my morning coffee really gave me an energy booster and the drive to succeed today. Thank you coffee!

Until next time,

Meghan C