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Tossing the clutter to have a more meaningful life!

Walled in by Possessions

One of my favorite blogs! If you are a minimalist or in your way towards minimalism, this is a great one to follow!

Walled in by Possession

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Stop Office Snacking!

I have to admit – I’m definitely guilty of office snacking. I am working at doing better and last week I made it without any unhealthy snacks in the office, even though there were plenty of opportunities! Keeping my fingers crossed I can keep it up!

Stop Office Snacking!.

 

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Minor setback…

This morning, I took my car to get the oil changed and tires looked at.  I had a feeling that they would tell me I needed new tires, since I noticed excessive wear on the tires and it’s just that time.  Of course, my feeling was correct.  However, I did not realize how bad the tires really are.  Apparently, they are pretty worn down and there is a chip in one of the tires and you can see steel.  My trusted auto mechanic advised me not to travel outside of the local area this weekend, especially with the rainy weather we are having.  He ordered new tires which will come in Monday, so I will get that taken care of and out of the way.

Until then, I’m hanging out at home with my Lucky dog and taking care of things around the house that I’ve been putting off for a while.

The sad thing is that with the cost of the tires, it puts a small setback with being able to double up on the car loan and college loans this month.  But that’s ok – I’m not too worried about it.  I’m not in dire straits or anything and next month I should be back on track and knocking those loans down in record speed time again!

Next weekend’s post – a product review on the Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

Julia

 

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Is that a ray of light I see?

First off, I want to start with apologizing to my readers (if I even still have readers at this point) for neglecting the blog for so long! However, I think my fellow minimalists and health gurus will appreciate and forgive my excuses.

Since my last post, I have been diligently weeding through possessions I accumulated over the years and deciding what is needed and what must go. So far, I have made a huge dent, with many trips to Goodwill and donations to others.

In addition to weeding through the material items, I have also been working very hard on paying off the debt. If you remember, about 8 months or so back, I was looking at a total debt of $132k and some change (note that this includes EVERYTHING – mortgage too).  Since then, I have knocked that down by about $10k and I’m hovering around $122k and some change right now (still including the mortgage).

I’m feeling pretty good about this progress!  Without the mortgage, I’m at around $20k and that’s with a few hundred on a credit card which I will pay off next week, plus the college loan and car loan.

I fared well over the holidays – I did invest in gift giving, adding to the credit card balance for a month or so, but so far I have been able to pay most, if not all of the credit charges right at due date.  This has allowed me to keep the card balance down.

With all of this said, I feel like doing a happy dance right about now! 🙂

Now, I made mention earlier of my health guru followers and my guess at their coolness with my absenteeism.  Let me just say, that over the summer and fall – I was a bicycling fool!  Every weekend I was at the new bike trail (pictures in a previous post) cycling about 15 – 20 miles overall.  Then….the holidays hit….the weather turned cooler….things were busy with work and holiday hubbub…..the exercise regime gradually faded away.  After Christmas, I was determined to get back on the health wagon and started going to the gym.  I have been going to the gym anywhere from 3 – 5 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour each time.  The “dreadmill”, elliptical, and stationary bike have all become my new friends while the weather has been cooler and darkness sets in earlier.

Not only have I been exercising religiously, but I have also changed my eating habits.  Gone are the bachelorette days of frozen pizza, cans of ravioli, and take out.  This bachelorette has actually been COOKING believe it or not!  Tuna cakes, salmon cakes, crab cakes, baked sun dried tomato chicken, baked Italian chicken, turkey tacos, turkey spaghetti, wild rice, veggies – the list goes on!

Also, I have just invested in a Ninja Master Prep Pro Blender this weekend and made my first (somewhat) green smoothie last night.  My replacement breakfast meal this morning was a fruit / protein / flaxseed smoothie and it was awesome and filling, which was surprising to me.

I will let you know how the Ninja continues to hold up, but so far it appears to be a GREAT buy and ranks high on Consumer Reports ratings.

Now, I hope you can all forgive me for crawling under a rock the past 8 months…I promise I will do better and keep you updated on my journey to minimalism as well as my quest for healthy living!

Thanks for reading and keep on peddlin’!

Julia

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