Saturday, 15 June 2019

July No Spend Challenge

Hello lovelies! I decided to try a no spend challenge for the month of July. Lately I've been finding myself tempted by clothing sales, and I'm also guilty of treating myself to coffees when I can simply make one at home. I have some credit card debt I'd like to pay off by the end of the year, and I'd also like to build my emergency fund. A no spend challenge will definitely help with those goals.

I'm not sure that I'll be able to go a WHOLE MONTH without spending anything, but by tracking my spending each day, it will make me much more aware. I'll think twice about stopping at Starbucks on the way home! Let's see how many no-spend days I can manage to accomplish.

What tricks do you use to save money? Have you ever done a no spend challenge before? Let me know how it went! I'll be updating you at the end of July with how I did.

Wish me luck! xo

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Welcome June! Life Update

Hello lovely readers! How is everyone? Can you believe it's already June? Half of 2019 is done! I wanted to give you a little life update. So far this year, a lot of amazing opportunities have blossomed for me and I'm so thankful. I'm making 2019 a year of growth and accomplishments!

The first thing I'd like to mention is Square Lemon. If you follow me on my other social media channels, you might have heard me mention it. In March, after a few casual meetings, me and four other awesome ladies founded Square Lemon, an artistic non-profit aimed at celebrating local artists, makers and crafters in Ottawa. We organize craft markets, workshops, as well as private events. It's been a lot of work, but so fun! Square Lemon has really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Melanie from 1 year ago would have been far too shy to pursue this kind of venture. I'm thrilled with everything we've accomplished so far! Check out our website if you want to learn more here.
The second thing I'm excited to announce is that after 12 years of procrastinating, I finally went and got my driver's license! I put it off for so long because my fear of failure held me back. As a child, I used to have nightmares that I'd be alone in a car sitting in the front passenger's seat. Suddenly the car would start and I'd panic not knowing what to do! I let a silly childhood fear hold me back from even trying to get my license... so this year I decided that I'm not letting insecurities hold me back any longer. After studying on and off since April, I passed my G1 exam on June 1. I've signed up for a beginner's driving course in July. I'm very positive about it, but if ever it goes horribly wrong and I decide driving really isn't for me, at least I'll be able to say I tried!
You might have also seen via my other social media channels that I got engaged to Simon at the end of April! We've been dating for a total of 11 years, and as all long term relationships go, we went through our share of ups and downs. In December, we had a heart to heart and decided that it would make our relationship that much more special to actually tie the knot. Simon didn't wait too long to surprise me with his proposal! He look me for a nice stroll downtown and popped the question. Afterwards, we had dinner at a lovely fine-dinning restaurant, Beckta. We've slowly been looking at wedding venues, and are aiming for a small, cozy wedding in September 2020. I will be writing some wedding inspired blog posts in the near future, so stay tuned.

I just turned 29 on Sunday and spent the weekend relaxing in Quebec City with my best girlfriends. Looking back to the Melanie of 1 year ago, I'm proud to say I'm now a much more confident and zen version of myself.

Thanks for reading friends. Here's to many more accomplishments! xo