Tag Archives: dreams

Link Love: 40

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg 11 years in 84 square feet. What Tiny Living Taught Dee Williams. (See my review of her book here.)

31 tiny house “hacks” to maximize your space. Sometimes I kind of hate these roundups, just have less stuff (duh!), but there’s a couple of really good ideas on this one.

Lifelong friends build “Bestie Row.” A row of houses in the middle of nowhere. Let’s do it, friends! (But with trailers!)

This Unimog camper is insane. It looks like something straight out of Mad Max.

This vintage camper makeover is super cute.

I love the idea of a 21st century root cellar.

I’m over on And Then We Saved talking about our home and an update on my spending diet.

How to calculate your own personal savings rate and how much others (according to the poll) are saving.

What to do if your dream put you in debt.

The best browser extensions to save money.

How to cleanse your calendar. Part one and part two.

The pseudoscience of beauty products. And what I was hoping someone would tell the author at the end of the story: You are beautiful without them.

You can’t say you love moms, then reject paid maternity leave. END OF STORY!

And just for fun… Pets interrupting yoga is the story of my life. Bambi is the worst!

It’s my Friday! I work 4, 10 hour days during the summer. It kind of sucks, but at least I have a 3 day weekend! Cheers to that!

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: Dreamers that Do

Dreamers that do This month I finally hit a milestone financial goal. I’ve saved a huge (to me) chunk of money and I am so very proud of myself. Saving this amount of money has given me peace of mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still worry about money, but I feel much more safe now. I have a buffer, a fall-back plan, a rainy day savings fund. But more than peace of mind, having this money has given me the ability to dream.

When I was living paycheck to paycheck, I thought well, I’m going to work like this until I die. And then maybe I’ll work some more when I’m dead. There was no end in sight and no room to dream. With money in the bank, I now feel that I have room to dream and plan how I live my life. It is so liberating. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel free to live life on my terms. It’s a beautiful thing.

Has money changed your dreams for the better? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie

Summer Goals 2014

This summer will definitely include beach time!

This summer will definitely include beach time!

For the past couple of years, I’ve set birthday goals. I usually set goals according to my age, 27 goals before 28, etc. but this year setting that many goals just seemed overwhelming. And goals should never be overwhelming, they should always be inspiring. Am I right? This year I decided to set just 7 goals for this summer. My goals are mostly fun, but also things that I’ve just been meaning to do for a while. Somethings, like getting my passport, I’ve been meaning to do for years!

Here’s my summer goals:

  1. Apply for passports
  2. Plan our summer vacation
  3. Help George open an IRA
  4. Make a dentist appointment (eww!)
  5. Fix the rust hole in the back of the Airstream
  6. Take pictures of the inside of our home!
  7. Learn a new skill

The summer also brings in a new schedule for me. I work 4 10 hour days during the summer and I have off on Fridays. It’s wonderful to be off on Fridays, but those 10 hour days are crucial! With my commute, it’s almost a 12 hour day, so I practically have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work! In the past I’ve spent my Fridays recuperating from the grueling week, but this time I have high hopes to use my Fridays to learn a new skill. We’ll see how it goes. You know I’ll write about it here!

Do you have any hopes, dreams or goals for this summer? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

love,
melanie

27 Before 28: Birthday Goals List

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280001 As promised, here is my birthday goals list. I was going to rewrite it, but hoping to turn over my “worry less” new leaf, I just scanned it in, straight from my journal. Keep me accountable, ya’ll!

love the (almost) birthday girl,

melanie

Love Lists: Birthday Goals List

I love a good list, ya’ll. And for the past couple of years, I have created a list of things I want to accomplish before my next birthday. (I was inspired by Elsie from A Beautiful Mess.) I can’t find my list from last year. I think I misplaced it when we moved, but I remember there being lots of specific, ambitious items on it. I distinctly remember “Get a big girl job” was high on the list.

But this year, I wanted to do something a little more fun. So, I gave myself quite a few rather fun goals and a few scary goals (see: #7) to accomplish before my next birthday, April 22, 2013. Some of my goals are quite personal (see: #15). But I am sharing because I think it is important to recognize that we all struggle with issues and we need to tell people about our struggles in order to overcome them.

birthday goal list

birthday goal list 2

birthday goal list 3

I thought the stationary was appropriate.

Do you make goals on your birthday?

love,
melanie