I hate to admit it, but I like saving money. I like it so much that when I had a savings account that accrued interest daily I would log on to my netbank just to have a look at the figure rising up and up. I like it so much that I would confidently put ‘money saver’ on a list of hobbies, or sit on the couch on a weeknight after work and write a blog post on money saving tips for travel or anything you need it be, really.
I would like to say it comes from the great feeling of being self sufficient and knowing I have backup money incase my entire world turns to sh*t, but so far my favourite feeling has been walking into a new car shop looking like your average poor twenty something and having the assumption made that I will need to finance and then proudly saying “oh no, I’ll be making a cash payment.” The end of that story was me not wanting to part with my money and buying a second hand car for half the price (which I still have 7 years later) but thats beside the point.
Once upon a time there was a girl called Emma (that’s me) who started a blog in the hopes that she could get all of the overthinking out of her head and free up space in her brain to be a normal person. Ok, technically it was so she could brag about travelling, but the overthinking thing came as a bonus. She soon discovered that other people were doing this too, except they were making money out of it and some eventually quit their full time jobs. This appealed to Emma who’s ideal lifestyle was to be a stay at home puppy mum and do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted. Emma started researching all of the different aspects of blogging and soon found out that it’s not an instant solution to all life’s problems.
Oh look at that, another You Tuber writing a book. It seems to be the in thing at the moment, doesn’t it. I have to admit that I get really sceptical, but I’m yet to read a book by a You Tuber that I didn’t like. Maybe it’s a case of severe jealousy. I wish I could get a book deal out of my work. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough.
It’s so easy to sit here at 31 and think about all of the things I would do differently in my life. I think those people that say ‘no regrets’ are kidding themselves because I tell you what.. I definitely regret wearing my Ugg boots to the shops that one time and falling over twice in the middle of a pedestrian crossing!!
Isn’t it funny how you listen to a song or read a book and at that time in your life you think ‘I swear to god that song was written for me’. Well I’ve just had one of those moments in the form of a book. The book that I have now awarded ‘best book everrrr’ on my personal book reading list.
A few weeks ago I went to visit a friend who has just moved to Melbourne. We had bought ourselves tickets to the opening night of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival so the plan was to laugh ourselves silly. We had such a fantastic few days checking out the local bakeries, eating hamburgers, and wandering around Melbourne. If it wasn’t for the threat of diabetes there is a large chance I would still be there eating my weight in cake right now.
Could there be anything happier than dogs, Tassie beaches and planes? Well, I guess if we add in ‘winning the lotto’, ‘quitting your day job to become a self made millionaire’, or maybe ‘full time luxury traveller’… but since none of those things are on the cards for me on this fine Sunday, we’ll just stick to the basics.
Today I thought I would write a post that is a little bit different for me. It’s a post about the things that I have found unexpectedly difficult since becoming a blogger. I use the term ‘blogger’ very loosely too, because to be a blogger you kinda have to blog, and thats something I haven’t been doing for a couple of months. Given that this blog is reasonably new to me I thought I would be so excited to write my little heart out and I would be churning out more posts than a newspaper can publish a daily edition. I am rather disappointed in myself on that front to be honest, and it’s only now that I sit down and once again try to create a blog post that I’m actually thinking of the reasons why I keep stalling when I hit that ‘new post’ button.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that I started this little blog series. I know it’s only my second book review, but it’s exactly what I needed to kick start this reading thing again. The only down side is that now I want to read all the time instead of blog. Oh the problems I have. I also feel like I may be the last person in the world to discover Book Depository. Those books are CHEAP compared to the book stores, aren’t they!! And free worldwide shipping? I must have been hiding under a rock to miss this little gem!!
When I was a kid I used to read a lot. My favourite part of the day was between 8.30pm and 9pm when I was tucked up in bed with the latest Baby Sitters Club book. Since becoming a little bit more ‘adult’ my reading time has slowly faded away. During uni I spent so much time reading thick text books that there wasn’t enough time for anything else.
Now that I’m mostly all done with that my aim is to start reading again. And not just books on my iPad either, actual physical books. iBooks is handy for when I’m out and about but nothing compares to a physical book in your hand and the smell of freshly printed pages.