There’s been some big (and small) changes going on in my world this year, I figured it was about time to update you all on where I’m at and where I’m going. Are you ready? Right, let’s go!
The Barefoot way is actually ok.
We are saving money! Holy shit, I know right. Now this might not be a big deal for some but for the huz and I it’s HUGE. We have been following the programme set out in the book ‘The barefoot Investor’ and we have not only changed over all our accounts, saved over $1800 per year by switching insurance companies but we are also paying ourselves each week and saving money (close to $5K). Oh, and we have paid for a trip to Bali…and it’s only March! Yes, I’m grinning 🙂
I have always had a block with money, I make it and spend it…well not any more. The huz earns decent money and I do ok too so you would think we should be on top of bills and grown up stuff like that, but I’m actually pretty shit at it. When I read the Barefoot investor book it just made sense so in January we just started and haven’t looked back.
We have had to pull back on some things, think twice about other things and prioritize the important stuff, but we’re seeing real results so it’s totally worth it.
I have never had a new bike, well I did once but my Father won it in a raffle and it was kinda daggy. Last year I couldn’t stop thinking about buying a bike but the huz kept reminding me we had an assortment (of boys bikes) to choose from in the shed, spoil sport. I didn’t want to ride the daggy bikes in the shed so while the huz was interstate for work I purchased a new bike. YES, a bike I chose myself and love and one I’m actually riding. See, more changes.
Meet Betty, she’s blue, has gears and is a joy to pedal around. If you have any tips for hat hair I’m all ears.
This body of mine is moving.
A few weeks ago I had a health scare that saw me spend 4 days and 4 nights in hospital, can I just say that spending time in hospital has always been a special kind of torture for me. It wasn’t pleasant, there was pain, uncertainty, panic and some AHH-HA moments.
The good news is I’m home and I’m making changes. Real changes. The day I returned from hospital I started researching and looking into personal trainers. The very next week I started one on one sessions with a personal trainer. Yes, twice a week I pull on my active wear and get all ‘sweaty Betty’ for an hour. I’m also making some pretty big changes with my nutrition and other lifestyle choices. I’ll save that for another post.
Getting a trainer means having some ‘actual’ support from a professional, it’s also a commitment to my overall health. I’m aiming to get stronger, fitter and to lose some weight.
Oh yes ‘Styling Curvy’ is aiming to lose weight but don’t write me that I’m turning my back on being curvy (some of you already have), I’m not turning my back on anyone, I’m prioritising my health. Oh, and I’m pretty sure all women are curvy, boobs, bums and hips kinda make us that way.
Of course a trainer isn’t cheap (sooo totally worth every cent though), so I’ve had to make some cutbacks in other areas to balance the budget. Uh huh, more changes.
Beauty school dropout
It’s no secret I’m a fan of a regular massage and a facial, I am also a fan of good skin care. Replace good with expensive and that’s closer to the truth, but what I’ve discovered is you can actually have good skin care (that works) that is also budget friendly. The budget plus the trainer means I had to make choices, which meant giving up facials and cutting back on massages. YES, NO FACIALS! More bloody changes.
Instead I’m using some pretty awesome and readily available products from Sukin and Swisse and a home Microdermabrasion kit from Homedics. The skincare products are working and the Homemedics Radiance Microdermabrasion kit is simple and quick to use. I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
The Homedics Microdermabrasion kit is perfect for hands, neck and face, has 4 level settings for comfort, replaceable filters, is safe and surprisingly gentle and I get results. Winning!
Giveaway for you
Speaking of winning the lovely folk at Homedics have one Radiance Microdermabrasion kit to give away to a Styling Curvy reader. All you need to do is comment below…what is your best saving tip? Pretty simple 🙂
Entries open Sunday 12th March and close Friday 17th March. Giveaway open to Australian residents aged 18+. Prize valued at $249.95 and not able to be exchanged for cash or other product. By entering you agree to be contacted via email and for Styling Curvy to publish your name here on the blog and to pass on your details for prize delivery.
There you have it, an update of what’s going down. I know I’ve been quiet on the blog of late but after my health scare I realised I needed to pull back. It’s not forever, just until I get a good grasp on the health and wellness changes, I know you guys will be cool with that.
I can’t wait to read your money saving tips, let me know your best one.
Til next time,
The Homedics Radiance Microdermabrasion kit was sent to me for editorial consideration in line with my disclosure policy.