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Budget and the Beach
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Happy October peeps! October is probably my favorite month because it’s my birthday (although I don’t celebrate with the fanfare I used to) and my favorite holiday, Halloween (although I don’t celebrate with the fanfare that I used to-lol!). After that I could fast-forward through November and December (save for Thanksgiving-my second favorite holiday) to the New Year. Yup, if you’re new here I’ll let you in on a little ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 11:14 PM
Last night I watched, Gaga: Five Foot Two, on Netflix. The trailer hooked me: The bio doc follows Gaga around while she makes her record, Joanne, and concludes with her performance at this past year’s Super Bowl halftime show. And it’s very candid. At just 31, she strikes me as someone who has seemed to live 12 lifetimes. She seems much older than most 31-year-olds I know, not because of her “look” ...
Posted: Sep 24 2017 @ 10:55 PM
Recently I went to see the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which was playing as part of a free movie series on the beach in Hermosa Beach. If you remember the movie, Ferris’s sister Jeanie spent the majority of the day that Ferris skipped school angry, and wanting to prove to everyone that her brother was ditching…again. Towards the end of the movie, Jeanie gets taken to the police station for making a ...
Posted: Sep 17 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Because last weekend we had Monday off for Labor Day, it gave me some much-needed time to rest, read, get exercise, do some adulting (errands, cleaning, financial planning), etc. I also indulged in a guilty pleasure: Youtube surfing. I saw that Youtuber Claire Michelle had posted not one, but two long-winded videos, giving us pretty much her entire life story. As I sat and watched, part of me thought, “good lord this chick is ...
Posted: Sep 10 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Hey all! Happy almost Fall? Is Fall capitalized? Ah whatever. If it isn’t I’m just going to break the rules. Damn that feels good! It’s Labor Day weekend and it’s hotter than satan’s ballz in LA right now, but I can’t complain as my thoughts are with everyone in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey right now. I can manage a little heat. Plus we have Monday off from work so… Well, the ...
Posted: Sep 03 2017 @ 10:13 PM
Awhile ago, when I was still freelancing, Jessica Moorehouse interviewed me for her podcast. One of the questions she asked me was, “what advice would you give someone who wants to become a freelancer?” Jessica is not the first person to ask me this question, and probably won’t be the last. I realized that I had been repeating the same five pieces of advice over and over on other podcasts, mainly because ...
Posted: Aug 30 2017 @ 10:19 PM
I would really like to think that at 46 I’d have the answers to some challenges life throws your way. But the truth is, there are still many, many things that I’m still in the process of learning and figuring out. How to get over my own excuses Have you ever had someone cut you off in traffic and you think, “god what an idiot driver,” only to accidentally cut someone off yourself and ...
Posted: Aug 27 2017 @ 8:12 PM
In July I challenged myself to walk or bike to work every day. I think I only walked one day per week and the rest was biking. Here are my results and thoughts on that challenge, which I successfully completed! We pass the El Segundo Library and El Segundo High School. And you get to see my office and the area I work. All while listening to Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe.  STATS: Roundtrip ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 12:01 AM
Relaxing after a giving myself a homemade pedi You know what I find both equally depressing AND exciting? Back-to-school ads! On one hand it signifies the end of summer, although let’s face it, for most of us summer doesn’t exactly mean carefree days laying on the grass and staring up at the sky trying to figure out what animal the clouds look like (although hey, it’s a free activity). To me it just signifies the ...
Posted: Jul 30 2017 @ 6:25 PM
This video was filmed two years ago, not long after my friends Amy & John had their first child, David. At the time they didn’t know the challenges their young and brave son would have to face, and how it impacted their finances as well. Amy tells her story below: Since we filmed that video our lives have really changed, and as a result, our ability to pay back student loans ...
Posted: Jul 26 2017 @ 12:08 AM


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