I believe in a lot of things.
- Every meal should be a pleasure.
- You can’t put a price on travel.
- People who don’t enjoy their own company need to learn to like themselves.
- Semi-colons are vastly underrated.
- Hope for the best. But always plan for the worst.
- A dollar saved is a dollar earned. More so given the fact you won’t be taxed on it.
- “Live as if it’s your last day” is a crock of shit. That said, if you’re making it work, power to you.
I write for a living – and, apparently for fun. This is where it all comes together after hours – thoughts on money (saving, spending, career), travel and food (mostly frugal, sometimes not) and the other ingredients of life. Read some of my best posts here.
In late 2007 I started reading personal finance blogs, which led me to start tracking our spending and budgeting. I’m always interested in learning about how others manage their money, especially since I’m a saver married to a spender. Throw in the fact a) I’ve chosen a creative field that’ll never make me rich; b) Auckland is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and c) we have aspirations of home and dog ownership one day, and getting out of the cycle of chronically mouldy, freezing rentals … and it’s no surprise that I’m a little obsessive about money.
But money isn’t everything in life. In 2012 the travel bug hit hard, and I stumbled across the RTW travel blog community. After years of hustling and saving, in 2013 I got hitched and took six months off to live my travel dream. Along with T (who merits the occasional mention around here as probably the only person in the world who can deal with my neuroses and frequent bouts of hangriness), we lived out of our backpacks and made our way around the world in – more or less – 180 days. Yeah, I still can’t quite believe that happened, either.
In November 2013, we touched down back home in Auckland, a city that’s great to live in most of the time. What do the next few years have in store for us? I have no idea. Which, I suppose, is half the fun. I love travel but have no wish to travel full-time.
Want to get in touch? eemusings (at) gmail.com. Always happy to talk frugality, RTW travel, New Zealand, or whatever else you might have in mind. (Except sports. NEVER sports.)