Do you ever have nights where you just *can’t* shut your brain off, no matter how tired you are? I’ve been having those nights a lot. Lately my head has been swirling with thoughts. Some financially related, some not. Some heavy, some light. I recently asked on my Instagram stories what I should write my next blog post about, and one of my funny readers said “your personal thoughts… and I mean PERSONAL” and while I know it was said in jest, I decided to get real personal today. Anyway, that’s what prompted this series that I’m calling the “10 Things” series– just 10 random things that will be personal, but not necessarily related to personal finance. Here we go.
- I had no idea how fun being a mom was going to be. I knew moms generally love their kids but oh my goodness! Being a mom is seriously so dang fun. We recently watched the last episode of Friends where Monica says, to her new baby boy, I’m gonna love you so much that no woman is ever gonna be good enough for you!” And I can totally relate. If I could have 100 kids, I would.
- My soul is literally aching to travel. Haha is that too dramatic? I just feel like the inside of my body hurts because I want to see new things and I’m kind of stuck in the very middle of the country. Landlocked. I’m too claustrophobic. I’ve been learning a lot about “travel hacking” and we’ll be putting some of that learning into practice this upcoming year. I have butterflies because I’m so excited to share it with you!! On the flip side of that, I’m learning about being present where you are. One of the things that I love about traveling is connecting with people who experience the world different than I do. But the reality is, there are plenty of people right here in good old Oklahoma who live differently than me, and I hope I don’t miss opportunities to connect with people while I’m dreaming about being somewhere else.
- We’ve been saving up some money to buy a dental practice soon. That means that our aggressive student loan payments have been less aggressive, but we’re confident that buying a practice is the right move for us, not just financially, but for our overall state of well being.
- I recently polled subscribers to my newsletter and asked what they wanted to see more of on the blog. I was pretty surprised most people wanted more personal blog posts. That makes a lot of sense though since I’ve been sharing personal finance with you. I’m excited to get more personal. Sometimes when you are in the middle of a journey (like us, paying off a huge amount of debt) it’s easy to get kind of lost along the way. We started this blog for this exact reason– we wanted to share our personal journey with you to give you encouragement in your own journey. So I’m excited to get kind of back to the basics. I’ll still share general personal finance and paying off debt tips of course, but I’ll include more personal things too.
- I started counting macros recently. I don’t know if its being in my 30’s, the stress of not getting pregnant, work, or what, but I’ve been feeling really soft and not like myself lately so I’m excited to try something new with what I’m eating. What I like about counting macros is that it seems like something I can do long term since it’s not restrictive. I really enjoy working out and the idea behind counting macros is that your fueling your body optimally so it can operate efficiently, i.e., helps with training and being in good shape.
- I almost always listen to some sort of self help book on my commute to work. Recently, I really enjoyed the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, No Excuses by Brian Tracy and the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
- I literally have dreams about the beach because I miss it so much. I will own a beach house one day. This is one of the main motivations for everything I do in life.
- M is in the cutest phase of life ever right now. I’m trying to soak up every moment. He tells me he loves me no less than 1000 times a day, loves to give kisses, and generally is the sweetest. We’ve been playing soccer in the back yard a lot lately and he’s really excited to join his first soccer team in a couple of weeks! He also learned to swim this summer. We didn’t take lessons. I just watched a few videos on YouTube and taught him some basics and he really took off. I’m always really impressed with how fast he picks up on things. I am not like that at all haha.
- I’ve been cutting back on Diet Coke. I refuse to give it all up together because I mean what kind of life is that? But I definitely don’t drink it every day anymore. That saves me anywhere between $0.25-$1.50 per day which isn’t huge, but over a life time that sure adds up. I also feel like cutting back has helped me drink more water and otherwise feel better.
- If Danny would agree, I wouldn’t own a TV. Not that we watch a ton of TV, but I just feel like any time spent watching TV is time I’ll never get back again and the older I get, the more I realize what a gift time is. But maybe if I watched less brain dead shows (cough cough the Bachelor cough and Kardashians) maybe I’d feel differently.
Hope that wasn’t too personal for you 😉
Tell me your stance on counting macros, drinking Diet Coke, travel, starting a business while you’re in debt– comment below!