I’m sure every teen has received this advice from mom or dad when they get their first real job: “Watch your spending habits” and “Don’t spend it all at once or it will be gone before you know it”. Well the truth is, they were right. If you’re not watching where you’re spending your hard earned dollars (especially once you hit adulthood and have actual bills to pay), it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye! Spending money is so easy to do - it’s spending money when and where you should that is the challenge. This week’s post focuses on how I manage my money and some tips you can adapt if you want to watch your spending habits.
When I first moved to Toronto, to say it took some adjusting is an understatement. I had moved from a quiet, rural hamlet with one major intersection nearby and a one-lane highway (where people would actually stop their cars in the middle of the road to chat to each other) to the big and complex city of Toronto. It was a world of change! The hustle and bustle of the city streets and the activity on the street (cars and taxis, public transit, late night drinkers, club goers, cyclists, etc.) took weeks of getting used to, especially living on Queen Street East and a block from the ever popular Woodbine Beach. Even navigation was a challenge for months (with several major highways connected and several one-way streets in the core).
This is my most personal post yet. I wanted to share something about my experience with dating and being in a serious relationship, and reflect on what it has meant to me. My boyfriend and I are celebrating five years as an “item” this week, and that is a big milestone for me. Let me start from the beginning…
I’ve always had a love for food and I’ve never shied away from trying new things. As a child, my mom never catered to me by preparing “kid-friendly” meals, and I now appreciate that she did this while I was growing up! She fed me what the adults were having, and if I didn’t like it, then too bad because that was all I was getting. Over time, I grew to like virtually everything and I'm now willing to try pretty much anything once. I’ve had escargot, I love calamari, I eat sashimi/sushi regularly. The most exotic food I’ve eaten is probably alligator, which I tried when I was in New Orleans in 2010 (it tasted like chicken to me).
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.