July 2015 Budget & Shopping Ban Update

August 3, 2015
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You’re going to think I’m a dork for saying this, but it was really fun to piece together a new format for these monthly budget posts. Years ago, I used to share my budgeting “plan” at the beginning of the month, then show you how the final numbers came out at the end. Last year, when I decided to try and live on 50% of my income, my income also began to fluctuate greatly from month-to-month because of all (or none) of the freelance I did, so I stopped sharing my plan and just showed you what the final percentages were. And for the past few months, I’ve stopped budgeting altogether, because I know I will always spend somewhere between $2,100-$2,300/month, and then save/travel with the rest.

So, how do you budget/format these posts, when you work for yourself and your income will always fluctuate!? Well, here’s my first attempt, along with the list of items I bought in July.

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Going Back to a Simpler Life is Not a Step Backward

July 27, 2015
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There’s a lot of change happening in my life, right now. Four weeks ago, I left the full-time job I’d had for three years to become a full-time freelancer, and I’m very happy to say it’s been a successful start. I’m still trying to get into a groove of managing multiple clients and projects (as a planner, the lack of routine drives me crazy sometimes). But I’ve genuinely enjoyed everything I’ve worked on, so far, and the feelings I wake up with every day serve as a reminder that I made the right decision. It’s the most challenging blessing I could’ve asked for, at this stage in my life.

When I decided to quit my job, back in June, there was another decision I was toying with… and that’s where I wanted to live. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’ve moved many times over the years. In 2012, I left my hometown of Victoria, BC and moved to Toronto for work. I stayed there for a little less than a year, before I asked if I could move to Vancouver and work remotely. And I’ve spent the last two years in Greater Vancouver, and have loved so many things about being there… but it’s never felt like my forever home.

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Intentional Living: It’s Good to Be Home

July 24, 2015
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For new readers, this is a weekly update where I share how I’m trying to be more intentional in all areas of my life.

I’m sorry for the disappearing act, friends. I could never have expected the type of feedback I received at the end of the first yearlong shopping ban… to be honest, it’s been a bit overwhelming – in the best way possible, of course. I appreciate every single comment, email and Facebook message that has come through, as well as all the support from friends and fellow bloggers who helped spread the word. I have loved connecting with so many new people over the past two weeks. :)

One thing I truly didn’t expect, though, was the volume of you who have come forward and said you’re going to join me for the second yearlong shopping ban. Continue Reading…