Saturday, July 23, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
(also known as Operation Bunker Bay)
I am so proud of myself this week! I have done 1 aeirobics class and 4 x 1hour gym workouts this week!!
I am hating the exercising, one of those gym sessions I had to really drag myself down, force myself on the machines and plays lots of happy music on my iPod to get me going. But I made it!
I haven't got an exercise scheldule. I've come to the conclusion I may not be able to scheldule in gym sessions with any consistancy. But that is ok, as long as I'm going, it doesn't matter so much if I don't do it at a certain time on particular days.
This weeks exercise goals are
*head to the gym 5 times
*push myself a little harder in the cardio bit. At the moment I do roughly 5min x-trainer/15min treadmill/5 min bike. I would like to increase the x-trainer because I think it gives me a better workout.
Food wise is going good. It helps that money is so tight at the moment! I’m eating more fruit and vegetables and also made an effort to decrease my meat consumption. This is a financial/ethical consideration as well, but will have positive health implications as well.
My food goals this week are
*Make an effort to snack between midday and 3pm. I find 4pm hits and I’m so lethargic and bleh as well as ravenous.
Looking Good Feeling Good.
I’ve been having a bit of fun with Pinterest this week, pinning all sorts of pics for inspiration. Several of those pins have been hair tutorials, of which I’ve been practicing on myself and also on my daughters.
I’ve also pinned some pics of outfits I want to copy.
My Pinterest profile name is lelacass if you want to join in the fun
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I live in a town that has a bad 'rep'. For years it has been labelled as boganville, low socio-economic, high crime, low prospects etc etc.
Several of these labels are actually incorrect/unfairly distorted in my opinion.
But you know what? I hope the ignorant stay ignorant.
They don't know what they are missing out on. ;)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It's common sense that the key elements of finacial freedom make up a 3 pronged approach.
Now reducing debt is closely entwined with making and saving money, but is deserving of it's own strategy of attack.
So what am I rambling on about. Well I've been totally inspired by Kylie Ofiu who is aspiring to be a millionaire (cash and/or assets) by 30. I would love to be finacially free, so I've started pitting some of her thoughts and ideas into practice.
Firstly I opened a high interest bank account and set up a direct debit. It's only $5 a week, but it is a start.
I've drawn up another budget. This time I used an Excel spreadsheet that allows me to enter a months income/expenses. The single most important money tip (from my readings and experience) is to manage you finances with a budget.
I've brainstormed some money making ideas. Some a short term, some fit in the grand plan. One idea I'm really excited lover is 'The Rusty Geranium'. I'll do a proper blog post on it later, but basically I've started raising a variety of seeds with the view of selling excess stock over spring/summer.
Another area I'm homing in on is saving money. I've disconnected the landlind (saving about $700), I'm menu planning again (this saves a fair bit, my estimate is about $200 a month gets wasted when I don't menu plan). I've devised a plan to get solar hot water installed, thus saving on my energy bills.
Allow the saved $ at the moment are going into reducing debt and only a tiny bit into savings.
I've also pencilled in reminders into my organiser to spend time on this. Time is now set aside for budget, menu and income planning.
The $100 Christmas is also part of this plan.
It all feels refreshing and empowering. I might not get to a million dollars, but I'm giving it a go.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I love the style of the character of Nina Proudman (Offspring, channel ten). Very much in love. I was very suprised to find that most of her clothes cost a fortune. Considering her style looks like op shop/market finds, it took me by suprise that one of the skirts she wears is around $199.
So my creative space this week is dominated by 'what would Nina wear' sort of wonderings. Nina wears a lot of tiered and circle skirts, matched with funky belts. I picked up this cotton fabric at Spotlight for $4 per metre, and aimed with my Sew What! Skirts book I'm aiming for a Nina type skirt.
I'm not sure if I've chosen the right fabric print to pull off the look, but it's a pretty print anyway.
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