1- Personal finance/frugality/financial independence blogs & podcasts. You guys, I don’t know what has gotten into me because quite honestly I’ve always had a very ‘easy come, easy go’ idea about money. And to a big extent I still feel that way, and don’t mind spending out on big things (kids’ activities. PLENTY of excellent childcare. outsourcing of cleaning and household tasks. travel. good food etc . . .). But I am really enjoying this new perspective. I started with How to Money and am now really fascinated by Marriage Kids & Money. Favorite recent episodes:
Interesting perspective: Interview with a Canadian couple that achieved FI at 31 (!). NOT a goal of mine (haha I’m already WAAAAY too late) but I found them inspiring and agreed with many of their thoughts on home ownership.
Avoiding Money Fights: Josh and I don’t have money fights. I still loved this episode and made him listen to it on our drive.
I guess I am finding that being more intentional with $ fits right in with my (perpetual) desire to do the same thing with my time. And life in general. Not sure why it has taken me so long to really see that link.
2- My new much shorter, curated Instagram feed using the criteria of “would I feel comfortable texting this person”. I greatly reduced my ‘Following’ list and am happier for it. (If this spurs you to unfollow me, that’s totally okay with me – I understand and even support!! I’m pretty sure that being a profitable instagram influencer isn’t going to pan out for me 😉 )
3- Summer reading. My steady consumption continues, though I am taking longer than expected to get through The Gown (apparently vacations with toddlers are not that great for getting through a lot of pages, who knew!?). I have not one but two non-kid-weekends away in the next month (!) and I plan on using that time to plow through more of my selections! I am near the top of the library queue for Evvie Drake Starts Over, The Last Romantics, and Save Me the Plums.
PS: I think seasonal reading lists might be a new ‘thing’ for me. Juicy light picks for summer. Cozy picks for fall. Some more introspective picks for winter. We will see.
4- Parenting win. Last night I had an entirely pleasant and enjoyable experience putting A&C to bed. I guess it’s sad that this is not the norm, but evenings have been a little tough lately. I think they are both wound up AND tired from camp, and this is a difficult combo to manage when I’m not necessarily at my best energy level either. I was solo last night and reminded that often, paradoxically they seem to respond better to one-parent-in-control than 2. I also spent some more time really connecting intentionally with them (inspired by the awesome Julie Morganstern, who will be coming soon to a certain podcast 😉 ). And it worked!
5- Our plans not to go anywhere this winter. This may sound silly, but I am oddly excited about not dealing with kid travel again for a while. Next year (2020! Is it really coming!? It sounds so much like THE FUTURE) looks like it is shaping up to be a big travel year (ie I need to renew my passport for not one but two potential overseas trips) so it’s nice to lay low on family trips for a while. And on that note, I’m also oddly excited about my 2020 calendar in general. I feel like I’ve reached a very contented place in my life / career / self-development right now. A prelude to 40 (which is a mere 10 months away)? Who knows, but I like it.