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Saving $

Since I moved back home as I am in between apartment leases I think about saving money a lot - so far I haven’t saved a dime. Since the first apartment didn’t work - I wrote about that earlier. I have now till December to do some actually saving and wondering what tips & tricks people have to save money.

Cut out happy hours
Bring a lunch
Make dinner
Brew my own coffee/tea

These are just a few to start - any suggestions?

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Eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in the United States at Ground Zero.
The blue twin beams are visible within a 60-mile radius on a clear night. @natgeo , @thephotosociety , @davidcoventry , #groundzero,#9/11 by natgeo

coffeentrees:

Eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in the United States at Ground Zero.
The blue twin beams are visible within a 60-mile radius on a clear night. @natgeo , @thephotosociety , @davidcoventry , #groundzero,#9/11 by natgeo

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staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

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Drinks | Starbucks Coffee Company
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks

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November 2013 - Page 2 of 3 - Fashion Jackson
http://fashionjackson.com/2013/11/page/2/

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1969 denim jacket | Gap
http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=928923002&tid=goaff4441350&ap=2&siteID=goafcid150&vid=2

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Gingham scarf
http://www.pinterest.com/

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APPLE COOKIES - Rachel Schultz
http://rachelschultz.com/2014/04/09/apple-cookies/

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Sallys Baking Addiction Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars. - Sallys Baking Addiction
http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/07/03/salted-caramel-apple-pie-bars/

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10 Best :: Apple Cocktail Recipes | Camille Styles
http://camillestyles.com/food-2/10-best-apple-cocktail-recipes/

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Frozen Almond Spiced Chai - A Beautiful Mess
http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/frozen-almond-spiced-chai.html

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Cottage in Norway | Home Adore
http://www.homeadore.com/2012/10/23/cpttage-norway/

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What May Come Bootie | Mod Retro Vintage Boots | ModCloth.com
http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-boots/what-may-come-bootie?SSAID=687298&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=sas&utm_campaign=687298&utm_content=417942&gate=false

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Knitted Inspiration ♥ Плетено вдъхновение | 79 Ideas
http://www.79ideas.org/2011/11/knitted-inspiration.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+79ideas%252Fblog+%252879+Ideas%2529

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Drinks | Starbucks Coffee Company
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks

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November 2013 - Page 2 of 3 - Fashion Jackson
http://fashionjackson.com/2013/11/page/2/

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1969 denim jacket | Gap
http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=928923002&tid=goaff4441350&ap=2&siteID=goafcid150&vid=2

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Gingham scarf
http://www.pinterest.com/

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APPLE COOKIES - Rachel Schultz
http://rachelschultz.com/2014/04/09/apple-cookies/

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Sallys Baking Addiction Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars. - Sallys Baking Addiction
http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/07/03/salted-caramel-apple-pie-bars/

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10 Best :: Apple Cocktail Recipes | Camille Styles
http://camillestyles.com/food-2/10-best-apple-cocktail-recipes/

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Frozen Almond Spiced Chai - A Beautiful Mess
http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/frozen-almond-spiced-chai.html

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Cottage in Norway | Home Adore
http://www.homeadore.com/2012/10/23/cpttage-norway/

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What May Come Bootie | Mod Retro Vintage Boots | ModCloth.com
http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-boots/what-may-come-bootie?SSAID=687298&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=sas&utm_campaign=687298&utm_content=417942&gate=false

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Knitted Inspiration ♥ Плетено вдъхновение | 79 Ideas
http://www.79ideas.org/2011/11/knitted-inspiration.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+79ideas%252Fblog+%252879+Ideas%2529

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creativemornings:

We love Humble Pied, a project by past CreativeMornings/Chicago organizer Mig Reyes where he asks makes for one piece of advice, all over video chat. Here, he speaks with past CreativeMornings/NewYork speaker Debbie Millman. Watch it here. →

creativemornings:

We love Humble Pied, a project by past CreativeMornings/Chicago organizer Mig Reyes where he asks makes for one piece of advice, all over video chat. Here, he speaks with past CreativeMornings/NewYork speaker Debbie Millman. Watch it here. →

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Tennis + Life (Part I)

I think the game of tennis is a lot like life especially when it comes to work life balance. Maybe it is because I have coached over the years but one needs to learn to keep things separate - if you are not able to handle the pace read on….

Coaching juniors made me realize how important it was to keep personal (or school life) on the outside.  What I mean by the outside is …. usually hard courts are surrounded by a giant chain-link fence so when you step inside the court you are allowed to leave everything on the outside. When players couldn’t focus because they were too concerned about their relationships (which is seen as earth shattering at that time in life) or had an upcoming AP test I told them leave that stuff outside the fence. That I needed them give their all when they step onto the court. That this was the time to focus on is their game - leave all your worries behind. Easier said then done - right? Not exactly, when these junior players realized that they could escape and focus on something that was truly important to them they learned to better balance life, school and tennis. They realized that for the next 2 hours they would train and practice hard because all the worrying that they were trying to do in the was hindering their performance that it was wasting energy on something that they could not control.

Why am I writing about this …. I think the same holds true in life/work. If you treat work like the juniors treated their practice time it will decrease your daily stress and increase your productivity. Think of the office as your court and when you walk into your office you are stepping onto the court and you are allowed to leave your baggage by the door. Since we tend to waste too much time/energy thinking about the things we can not control we are in turn letting it control us and if we are not careful it will run us over and will find its way into other aspects of our life. So, I am writing this because I think this is a great concept to share and something I myself want to work on and thought others might find it useful to consider as well.

So, the next time you are dealing with “stuff” and you are just not in the mood to go to work and be productive - try and leave it at the door. It will still be there for you to pick up on the way home. Starting tomorrow you no longer have to dwell on that “stuff” and it you won’t take your frustrations out on your co-workers (who by the way probably get to see you more than your friends and family). Please Be Kind!

This post is for those of us who enjoy life’s daily adventures and who seek to make a difference and at the end of the day want to be the best version of ourselves we can be. 

Take a moment, take a breath and everything will work out in the end.

Cheers!

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Apartment Living - The Summer Move?

Now I know you can create an awesome small space (especially since following small spaces on Apartment Therapy)
Check it out here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/categories/small_spaces

However, when you decide to move to a new location, a smaller space you have to mentally prepare yourself for this change. Even more so when you have to wait for place X to be completed (Note: I highly suggest you not move into a brand new apartment building until you have seen the actual unit).

I have learned my lesson this Summer….

Flashback to May ….decided after several years living far from downtown to move to rid my days of the long commute to and from work. Found an apartment, missed out on applying and heard of a brand new complex going up that should be ready August 1st. Sounds like things were falling into place….I decided to move back home to save money as I will be paying more for location and not for square footage (440 sqft.) Yes 440 sqft. which is actually a nice size if it has a good floor-plan. The summer went by work was busy it’s already July.
<Enter Drama> plus my allergy to cats.
Me: Oh really Mrs property manager my neighbor will have a companion cat in the brand new no pets no smoking building. Fine I have Benadryl.
Me: Wait you are calling back to say the building isn’t ready hmm luckily I’m living back at home.
Thanks for not calling back it’s now another two weeks and now I call your boss to find out it’s an additional two weeks more.
Me: Hello, I’m calling to check in and you are saying after September 1st wow any rent breaks this has been kind of rough with work, family and taking time off to pack and repack. Ok you let me know.

Now it’s September and I have seen the apartment I have been waiting 4 months for - to realize that the floor-plan was not accurate an I once again let my high expectations get the best of me.

So what does one say after seeing a still unfinished, odd floor-plan with things that already need to be fixed and has zero storage (yes it’s true not a single closet).
Me: I will think about it. (As I walk across the street with my little brother who realizes I’m I tears and very disappointed).
Little Brother: Let’s get coffee no wait you are crying I will call mom.
I know what you are thinking ….but would you want to move back home and live in the super rando room at your parents for an undetermined amount of time? Maybe! Don’t get me wrong I am super grateful that I have a family that I can go home to but it takes a toll on you and your freedom if not planned well. Yes it could be worse and I am extremely grateful that it is not.

This week I have finished my search, increased my budget and made the call to state my interest in the original property I was looking at (not the 440 but the one that gave me the idea to move).

Me: Why yes I would like to live in a different property you have down the block after seeing it.
Property Management: no email response
I know I know but it’s the weekend - right?

This story goes out to everyone who has moved home after college for a little bit, to the people who put their whole paycheck towards the smallest place they call home and to those who realize life is a journey - enjoy the ride. Things happen for a reason and it’s ok if you don’t know why in the moment.

For those of you watching the US Open (tennis)
Just remember when life hits you a drop shot - Hustle!
Because you want to be ready for the next shot to keep playing. Enjoy!

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This is just the beginning

With today begins a new month so I thought what a better time to come back to Tumblr.

This Summer has been full of the unexpected (crazy bills, moving back home and most of all the loss of my uncle).

I would like my return to Tumblr to be full of lessons, reminders, motivation and of course style.

Looking to post at least three times a week (what is happening in my world, some things I love and design).

If you are reading this …. Hello!

Follow, comment & ask questions but remember if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all.

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fastcompany:

Classes are starting back up again and that means thousands of underfunded schools and teachers are in need again.
This weekend, for any donation you make to projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform for teachers that was featured as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies this year, none other than Bill and Melinda Gates could help your donation go further.
Friday through Sunday, for all projects that raise 50% of their goal, the Gates Foundation will contribute the other half. So, say a $500 project raises $250 in donations—the Gates Foundation will give the other $250 (it will spend up to $1 million dollars). Essentially, it’s a 50%-off clearance sale on doing good.
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fastcompany:

Classes are starting back up again and that means thousands of underfunded schools and teachers are in need again.

This weekend, for any donation you make to projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform for teachers that was featured as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies this year, none other than Bill and Melinda Gates could help your donation go further.

Friday through Sunday, for all projects that raise 50% of their goal, the Gates Foundation will contribute the other half. So, say a $500 project raises $250 in donations—the Gates Foundation will give the other $250 (it will spend up to $1 million dollars). Essentially, it’s a 50%-off clearance sale on doing good.

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Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.
(via slayr)

(Source: rustedbones, via vogueandcoffee)

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My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)