At the end of the summer, my friend Steph sent me a sale email for the latest craze: Paint Nite (or insert any variety of company who hosts these). We had been hoping to meetup for one of these silly events for the past year.
The nights are normally around $45 for the painting lesson, but this was over 50% off if you purchased the voucher for $20 and use it when you’re ready (within 6 months).
It was a Groupon style deal, of which I’ve never used before. I know I, the Frugal Momster, have never used Groupon, but alas I don’t shop much anymore and we basically just pay bills and buy food. Twenty dollars for a fun night out with a friend is doable. I don’t do it that often, so it doesn’t add up.
I dutifully purchased the Paint Nite voucher and vowed to make a date with Steph, as she’s done one of these before and enjoyed it. Considering I could do it at over half the price, I was definitely interested to try it out. After two months, we finally locked down a date and a painting we both liked. Continue reading…
I’m not so sure.
My mom called me a “jack of all trades, master of none” quite often growing up and still does to this day. I used to think it was an awfully bad thing. I grew up wishing to find a calling where I felt like “this is it” and I would finally be able to narrow my focus to one thing. It would be far easier to pick one thing and stick with it forever, right?
What I’ve learned as I’ve grown up, is that it’s been very valuable to have so many interests and pursuits. I’ve worked in careers from medicine to merchandising, to public service, to education, to photography, and to becoming a business owner.
This is the first time since I joined social media that I’ve gone completely without any such service for any length of time. It’s only been a week, but already I’ve noticed some changes in my habits and behaviors; some positive and some negative.
The first few days after leaving IG and Twitter, I don’t have FB anymore, I noticed I picked up my iPod on a regular basis checking for notifications hoping to find something there. I was deflated to be reminded that there would be no alerts or messages. It was definitely sad at first, but I chose to keep going on with the challenge. I can to anything for a month.
After a week now, I don’t feel as compelled to return to the worlds of social media; reminding myself of how many people I know who never have joined or interacted there and they are getting on quite nicely. Continue reading…
Thirty-day trials are a simple idea to tackle. You choose something for 30 days, whether it’s adding something or subtracting something from your life and at the end of 30 days you can keep going, or give up.
I’ve done them at various times in my life with much success, and much failure. This past year, I’ve focused a little more in on the short-term trials in order to change habits and go in the direction of the person I’d like to become.
Most often 30-day trials suggest adding to your life. Doing yoga daily for 5 minutes for a month, or running each day, or eating healthier. Most of the 30-day trials you come across are there to improve a habit, add something in that’s healthier, and try to motivate you to keep going for your own mental or physical well-being beyond that month. Continue reading…