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 am 25, alternately a dreamer and a pessimist, an introvert (ISFJ), chasing that elusive trifecta of health, wealth and happiness. Join me as I try to get some balance and get ahead.
I write for a living – and, apparently for fun. This is where it all comes together after hours – talk on money, travel, careers, relationships, food, and more.
In late 2007 I started reading personal finance blogs and had my own financial awakening, 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 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.
There are still a few places left on my bucket list, but as you can see below, we ticked off a decent amount in one go.
In November 2013, we touched down back home in Auckland. What do the next few years have in store for us? I have no idea. Which, I suppose, is half the fun.
(For a totally accurate picture of what life in New Zealand is like, may I point you towards this Reddit thread and this Buzzfeed post?)