2013 wasn’t a year I expected it to be. In late 2012, I graduated with my Master’s, started my doctorate, and began a new job—my dream job. The new job lasted for only six weeks before I was laid off. Then I began several miserable months of unemployment. During this time, besides wallowing and fervently searching for a job, I had to go overseas for family reasons. Luckily, I had some savings for the unexpected trip, and there I was—traveling to the other side of the world with just a small piece of luggage and handbag. While overseas, not only did I have my mind off of disheartening unemployment, but I also turned to minimalism.
If you know me you know that I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE glasses. I love big ones, vintage ones, new ones, clear ones, red ones, black ones, two-toned ones, basically, ALL GLASSES. If you’re having an “off” day it’s nice to be able to put on a pair and not have to worry about doing your eye makeup. Glasses instantly make you look smarter and they have a way of pulling together a look. Clearly, I’m a fan.
Today, I’m partnering with Glasses.com to give you a brand new pair of glasses (worth $150). If you don’t need glasses to actually, ahem, SEE, you can still win a pair and just have them be fakies- purely for style purposes.
I grew up, financially, in what I would consider to be smack dab in the middle of a middle-class family. We weren’t rich, nor we were poor. I sometimes got the things I wanted and other times I didn’t. I’m sure we experienced tough times, but I think my parents did a pretty good job of keeping us blissfully unaware of any financial troubles we might have gone through. Even still, I learned at an early age that money is important and I liked having it. So I always found creative ways to make a buck. Some of these ideas are for younger kids and some are for older ones, but they are all things I did, or heard about doing to make some money when I was a kid/teenager and they still apply today.
When I was young I found that most adults appreciated seeing kids seeking out ways to make money rather than asking for it outright. Making money as a kid teaches them how to start managing it, and how to start learning to spend wisely on a small-scale so when they are older they have some skills in place for adulthood.
Sometimes in life we have to make hard choices, like: Do I carve my pumpkin to look like a ghost face, a vampire, or the traditional Jack-O’-Lantern face? Tough decisions, tough decisions. The good news is, with this DIY Jack-O’-Lantern Banner you can have them all! Instead of carving a pumpkin, you can paint little pumpkin faces that will spook-ify any space in your home for cheap! Here is how…
- Twine, string, or yarn. I went with some super adorable gray and white baker’s twine.
- 10-15 triangles cut from cheap black fabric. I found some fabric on sale for $1.50/yard (double fist pump!). The triangles are cut to 6″ on each side.
- Craft paint and paint brush
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
Get into the Halloween spirit with a paintbrush in hand. When I painted my Jack-O’-Lantern faces I tried to keep it simple-triangles eyes, circle mouths, square bucked teeth. All very cute, but more importantly easy to paint.
Disorganization is a normal part of most everyone’s life. With our crazy schedules and only 24 hours in a day, many people say they never have the time to get their act together. While it is a common enough though process among the masses, the reality is people that claim they don’t have the time are actually guilty of not making the time.
We may not all live a life of a chronic hoarder but there are certainly parts of our lives that could use some serious organization. The trouble with making strides towards putting things in their proper place is many people just have no idea where to start. The thought of beginning something new is so overwhelming to many, they just do nothing.
Get creative and knock down the expenses on your “Needs” list
You can do this. You can get out of debt. Go big. Get rid of that debt fast and get on with your life. Don’t make yourself suffer through years of slow-repayment or painful budgeting. Have I told you how much I hate budgets?
I’m shouting at you now. This is time for some tough love. YOU CAN DO THIS!
Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Let's do this!
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