I’ve just finished week two and I’ve already blown my budget. I haven’t purchased anything outside of necessities. Mostly. I had some unexpected expenses. Let’s take a look. Continue reading
I was so pumped to start my Uber Frugal Month Challenge on January 1, that I started it a few weeks early.You may be familiar with a “no-spend” month where you refrain from frivolous expenses. I’ve never joined one, so I can’t explain the difference from experience. But the goal of the UFMC is to dive deep and realize our goals, analyze our spending, determine what can be cut, and examine why we spend and how to take action to get there.
I decided to kick the year off by joining in the Frugalwoods’ Uber Frugal Month Challenge to kick off my goals this year. (I want to fight the power and stick it to the man through simple living and early(ier) retirement).
Part of the homework leading up to the launch was to take stock of our spending for the past month. I used three months for an average. Now, I didn’t think I spent a lot but apparently I’m spending money half asleep and in a fog: Continue reading
I’ve always struggled with the question, what do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a confusing question and it equates your identity to your career- so, no pressure. What do I want to be? Continue reading
Regan had to work some when I was visiting and I felt led to go to Kruger National Park, and Regan with her awesome connections made it happen with 2 days notice. I was booked on a tour through Safaris Direct. Continue reading
For the first time in 6 years I didn’t hate today- this day that I used to black out from my calendar, wanting to forever deny its existence. It was the first time in as long that I didn’t even think about what today was and how it altered my life. And while my peers were marrying and procreating, I was in the wilderness barely holding it together. Six years ago today, I was in an industrial parking lot screaming and exiting my body in shock- begging, pleading and repeatedly telephoning my little sister and telling her to call me back. Continue reading
I couldn’t walk any further, I was done. My feet ached and I was exhausted and sunburned. I was lion bait. We couldn’t find the bus that returned the day visitors from Sun City to the parking lot. We took the sky tram up, but now it was closed. I couldn’t bring myself to say anything because Lauren and Regan seemed excited to walk. I’ve hiked down rocky mountains in bare feet due to blisters, I’ve backpacked on the continental divide. I could swing this. I threw some dirt on it, sucked it up and lagged behind, silently cursing my shoe choice. Continue reading
While I was in Pilanesberg, I spent a day in Sun City. Our ultimate destination was the Valley of the Waves. Lauren, Regan, and I spent a lot of time in the wave pool. I laughed when they told me the South African Sun was very unforgiving. I live in Denver- a mile-high desert. I’ve survived Water World before sunscreen was really a thing. How much more unforgiving could the South African sun be? I slopped on sunblock 3 times, wore a ball cap, sat in the shade, and finally purchased a sarong to cover my shoulders. I still got sunburned. South African sun is serious business. Continue reading
Life in the Chalet
In Pilanesberg we stayed in a Chalet at Manyane resort. The Chalet slept eight and was pretty cozy- two bedrooms, a loft, a living room/kitchen with a sleeper sofa and two bathrooms. There were six of us. I met Regan’s family for the first time and would be staying with them. Thank god I loved them. They were loud, irreverant, had no boundaries, light-hearted, and very sweet. They immediately adopted me as one of their own. They said I was pretty quiet during this part of the trip, but, I’m claiming jet lag. Continue reading
The morning started out exciting- because I was in a completely different country, albeit less exciting than the lion chase. I knew we were going to Pilanesberg National Park, but I had no idea what we would be doing or what to expect. I asked Regan for help. Continue reading