More Upbeat

I’ve decided to read ‘The Power of Doing Less’ by Fergus O’Connell next. I’ll write more about it if I have something to say about it when I’ve finished it.

I feel more upbeat this evening. Tired but upbeat. I’ve even agreed to work on a day off to swop a day I would have had to work. This benefits me as I now get to go to a family event next month.

Just a half day tomorrow then the rest of it and a day off.

Book: The No Spend Year by Michelle MaGagh

I’ve just put down the book ‘The No Spend Year’ by Michelle McGagh. One of the library books I thought could possibly help me with my frugal research.

I wasn’t disappointed. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than a week. Easy to read. I loved her writing and being honesty about her experiences. It can be hard to find true experiences from those close to home meaning some of the advice I could utilise.

As Michelle lives in the UK, I was about to look into the tips she wrote about. Most of what was written I hadn’t heard of before. It opened my eyes to what I could be doing or where I should look to help me live a more frugal life.

Although I don’t wanna go the whole hog for a no spend year. I would like to cut down on my spending. Using the information within her book. I feel this could be more likely to happen.

Over the last two pages of her book, I thought of at least two items to put in the charity bag.

  1. A Penguin Onesie: This was a gift (from someone we don’t talk to anymore) which isn’t any excuse. I do like being cozy but wearing a onesie isn’t my idea of cozy. I get too warm. I’ve only worn it once or twice and now it’s just getting dusty in the wardrobe.
  2. Pink Vans: Although I do like them and have warn them a number of times. My toe doesn’t feel the same. Each time after wearing the vans my tendons in my toe swell and cause pain for at least 24 hours. No matter the prettiness of them, the pain each time isn’t worth it.

Actually even though I said two things going to the charity shop. We have put a third item in the chairty bag. We put the film Mad Max: Fury Road in too. That’s all I’ll say about that film.

In the end I really enjoyed the book. I don’t wanna buy it but I feel I’d get it out of the library again one day.

Now, what shall I read next?

Watched: Mad Max: Fury Road > 2 out of 5

A Day of Sorting

It’s been a very long day. The long days and not seeing my home for more than 2 waking hours is getting me down. Physically and emotionally wearing me out.

I had an email from the financial advisor regarding the mortgage lenders queries. They need a letter from my employer. I was lucky to find the director in the office today. Within a few hours, I was able to send the letter to the lender.

I also heard from my NVQ assessor. She was missing recordings needed for my assessment that she missed the other day.

Thankfully I was able to get that sorted as well.


2 Hours Later – I Need to Accept Change More

I had a period of low mood this evening. Dave said he’d be home by 4pm so we could spend the evening together. When 4pm rolled around there was no sign of Dave.

In the end, he was home by 6pm. The dogs and I ended up walking to met him and walked back together.

We still had a lovely evening together. I guess I felt disappointed as I was looking forward to spending quality time together, which did happen but no as I had seen it in my head.

Change of plans is something I need to accept more of.

Watched: Die Another Day > 4 out of 5

I’m Talking Work + Missing Dave

I love helping people. I’m glad I do it for my job. What I’m finding difficult is the travelling. It makes the weeks longer as my work hours are doubles because of the travelling.

Now that my NVQ has finished that’s not holding me back. I could start looking for a job but I don’t want to jeopardise the house buying. I’ve been doing the job 18 months; an extra month or two isn’t gonna hurt.

I feel more like I’m in the right job mind wise then a few months ago. I was ready to walk even with my NVQ happening. If and when I do leave my current job for the next challenge; it’ll be the customers that I miss.

I’m talking work as that’s all I’ve done today. Not exciting reading I know but not all people can lead exciting lives 24/7.

Whether happy, sad, moaning or my best piece yet. I’m gonna still write.

Dave stayed at his parents last night. When we weren’t living together, I found I didn’t really miss him at times. But I’m missing him more now we live together. I feel I am on the right path with him.

Well, it is a good job seeing as we’re buying a house together.

NVQ Complete + 10 Days into House Buying

Dave and I have tried something new to us; Coconut Water. Let’s just say it’s not for us. Since living together we, or should I say I, have been eating healthier. We’re having proper meals and some include veg.┬áMy mum tried to force veg down me last year never mind when I was a kid.

This afternoon finally led me to be able to say I FINISHED MY NVQ!! After 11 months I can now say I have a Level 2 in Health and Social Care. For the past 6 months, I’ve been wishing this to finish so I can move jobs.

As we’re going through with a mortgage I’m still unable to change my job. But I’m more accepting of my circumstances.

A tip for filling out forms; make sure you check you have signed and dated all relevant boxes. Dave and I missed a signature each on our Stamp Duty Tax form. Which meant they posted it back to us to sign.

Thankfully, that is now sorted.

We’re now waiting for my Grandad to go to the solicitors in 3 days time to prove who he is. This is due to my Grandparents gifting us monies that have been included in our disposit. We’ll have to see if we have to do anything more next week.

It’s been a week and a half since the house buying has started. Fingers crossed in a months time we’ll have the keys.


Volunteering Love + Frugal Spending

This morning was my volunteer morning at the animal shelter. Being there always confirms I wanna help animals.

More so today when I saw one of the newer sheep leave his hut for a wander around the field. Even just last month, since he arrived last year, he wouldn’t leave his hut.

It just warms my heart to see the difference in him.

Dave and I had a lovely afternoon/evening together. I even got to visit my local library; collecting books I had reserved to help me with my frugal research. I am already enjoying ‘The No Spend Year’ by Michelle McGagh.

Dave and I have agreed to overpay our mortgage slightly and have a meal planner to help reduce spending and wasting groceries. We haven’t come to talk about the actual budget for the weekly shop as yet. That’ll come in time.

I can’t wait to learn more about her journey of her no spending year.

Watched: Tomorrow Never Dies > 4 out of 5
The World is Not Enough > 3.5 out of 5