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2015 on a Budget

End of Winter. End of the blues.

Budget 2015I started a project last year and I put it into place in 2015.

A budget. I wrote down every expense I had! Soccer registrations, travel expenses, network events, even simple purchases. The objective of this project is to have a SAVINGS plan that I haven’t been able to have in sometime now…you know quite well what happens when you have no savings, right? the car breaks down, or you have the honor to be in a wedding party, or a really awesome pair of strappy shoes are on sale! but you end up charging it to your credit card because there were no savings.

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There are a lot of sacrifices that I am taking this year in order to accomplish this. I cut all expenses, including my annual weekend trip to Block Island with friends, many annual events that usually attend to and dining out as well. Gone. Scratch it all.

I first created a basic excel file with columns for income/payments/expenses/savings for the whole year and included a column for the “real savings projections” so far it is working, ending month 3 and the projected savings are right on target. I am beyond excited. The first breakdown of savings ends in July, the best month of the year and my birthday month, yes that’s why is the best month.

The actual goal of this project, besides having a “base” for savings for real problems/emergencies and not charging my credit card is travel, there are places I want to go, wait! there are places I NEED TO GO and it is not happening and it won’t happen until I make the decision of “MAKING IT HAPPEN” and I made that decision. It was an easy decision after seeing all in paper, writing down everything last year was the best way for me to visualize the goal, saying no and making certain sacrifices is the way to reach it. Sacrifices have always paid up for me. It is how I am where I am today.

It feels good to say and write it too, it feel reassuring and it gives me the confidence I need to keep going, we all need a little more of that around.

5 Resolutions | 2015

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Art from | Society 6 Stay Curious

This is a new year and a new beginning for a lot of us in Rhode Island. We have the first female governor in the State and that gives me nothing but hope.

Resolutions, I always treat them as personal goals and this image of “Stay Curious” sort of represents all those goals. Curiosity is the path for new ideas and how we can get out of our comfort zone and experiment; so if you want to move forward and follow those dreams and reach your goals. You Must Stay Curious!

Inspiration: I find myself stargazing and day dreaming a lot. I have inspiration for things I can’t control and therefore I can’t produce the type of work I wish I could, this year I will find my way to find the inspiration to do what I love doing.

Lifestyle: This culture has a fast paced lifestyle that I can’t seem to grasp, well this year I am not going to try to do something that goes against my instinct. I am pledging to slow down a bit and truly enjoy my day to day.

Travel: I love exploring new places and new cultures and this is the year for planning a trip or two. There is nothing more exciting than wander around a place for the first time. Traveling around these days is expensive so I have started a planning and researching the places I would like to visit.

Blog: The blog has been a slow process but I never wanted to make it a full time job either, it is still in the beginning process of finding its own style and in the meantime I will try to organize myself and post more regularly. Once it is fully organized it will be oh-so-amazing!

Me: A healthier life. I will be running more and making better choices for my mind and body. I already started this.

Weekend Notes: Simplicity

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image : iliana’s notebook

This weekend is as usual a bit busy with a soccer game and the usual cleaning/laundry/food shopping/birthday party/brunch. Lots of domestic and fun stuff. No, I am not paying much attention at those items on my to-do list, the domestic ones, I am much more excited about this Sunday 5k which I signed up with my 13 year old daughter; let’s face it, teens are strange creatures so if she has the slightest interest in being a part of this, you damn right I am signing up for it.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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