Updates and Pretty Pictures

July 14, 2010 at 11:08 am (Sweet Nothings/Ramblings)

Photo by teenage-dust

Well (as you have probably noticed) I am continuously on a journey to change my habits and lifestyle for the better and I thought I’d update you on that process. 

FINANCES

Right, here I am after another month of trying to get in control of my finances. I have spent a little less this month and have managed to stick to most of my rules. 

  • No money spent on Photography – DONE!
  • Borrow Magazines rather than buy them – DONE! Thanks to friends.
  • Spend less on Stationary – DONE! Spent nothing!
  • Spend less on Food by eating more home-cooked meals – I thought I’d been good, but I had a few expensive dinners out with friends…
  • Try to think of Presents you can make/create rather than buy – Tried to get creative with Tom’s birthday but men are so hard to ‘create’ things for…
  • 25 May – 25 June 

    WINS

    • Apart from the lack of spending on photography, stationary and magazines,  I’ve also managed not to buy any clothing at all this month (super win for me).

    PURCHASES TO BE AWARE OF

    • I got my hair coloured which is always disastrously expensive and had my last dentist appointment for at least six months.
    • The fact that my bills are more expensive than entertainment is a little concerning though. Perhaps it’s time to see if I can save some money on electricity and phone bills…

    Photo by HarletteScreamFight

    CAREER

    Well I am waiting to hear back on a job interview I had last week for a position in Learning and Development with a fantastic manager who has a background in Organisational Psychology (something I’d like to study part time in the next few years).I’m keeping my fingers crossed but I am also aware that I am going away for 5 weeks very soon and that may not be workable for them. But I know what I want and will keep trying until somewhere fabulous accepts me! 

    30 HABITS

    Sleep for 8 hours. Surprisingly this has been pretty manageable, but I was lucky enough to not have work in the morning on the weekends which meant I could sleep in. 

    Use an inbox system. This is going incredibly well. I am loving having a clear inbox. It makes me feel like things are more under control. 

    Mediate for 30 minutes. 30 minutes is a long time. It is even longer when you are trying to meditate. My brain is always going a million miles an hour (just ask anyone who knows me), so when I attempt to stop all thoughts and ideas it starts to panic. I seem to get all these wonderful ideas for blog posts, books I should read, things I should learn – all when I am trying to focus on my breath and very little else. I think my record is up to about 7 minutes. I’ll keep working on it. 

    Photo by inessa-emilia

    Have you been working on changing any elements of your lifestyle?
    How are you going?
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    4 Comments

    1. Jacinta said,

      Hi there! I found you through Gala’s Facebook page, this post is really fantastic, it’s a great idea and really, truly inspiring…I literally need to get my finances in order in a private sense, but having it on a blog is a great idea too cause it’s motivation to make those charts, get those plans in shape…it really is good.

      Also tax time made me realise how much I neglect this part of my life, haha.

      • Kimberley said,

        Thanks so much for stopping by Jacinta! I think you’re right, it is really hard to take that step to take control of your finances and I find that writing about it means that I have to report back on it. Challenging but definitely a good kick to keep me focused. :)
        x

    2. Danielle said,

      Hi there! As Jacinate, I found you through Gala Darling’s facebook page and I really love this post as well. I am in the flux of getting my finances in order as I like to save some money for the future as I am engaged. We do not have any wedding plans yet but I know sooner or later we will and we need money for that as well as living. I will say I am doing fairly well. It does get hard at times when you want to go out and enjoy, but I am learning that staying at home and cooking and reading is truly enjoyable as well.

      XOXO,
      Danielle

      • Kimberley said,

        Hi Danielle. Thanks for commenting! Best of luck with your financial plans and your wedding when the time comes. I think taking a close look at where your money is going is a great wake up call for anyone. I like pie charts for this too, gives a good visual picture of spending habits. x

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