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.

blogger nzmuse aka eemusings - musings of an abstract aucklanderI’m 27, alternately a dreamer and a pessimist,ย an introvert (ISFJ), chasing that elusive trifecta of health, wealth and happiness – trying 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 – 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.

I’m fascinated by money and relationships. So many of us have unhealthy relationships with our finances, and with other people, at some point in our lives. Money can also seriously impact our personal relationships. Like it or not, money underpins the capitalist society we live in.

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. Proof: I bought a house in 2016 and it’s the best thing ever.

(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?)

26 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow, we sound really similar!! =) I stalk people on facebook too =( except my spelling and grammar could use some polishing. =)

    We are both obsessed with personal finance and want houses of our own. Guess us Canadians and Kiwi’s have a lot in common?!

  2. Hey there you commented on my blog, ecoamico and I just commented back. I’m a neurotic journalism graduate from NZ too! Small world ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey us Aussies are pretty similar as well but we’re from convict stock so our grammar is terrible (or at least mine is).

  4. Just wanted to say hello! Glad to meet you in the internet kinda way… Sounds like you have some great goals (which I’m sure you will achieve). I get the feeling that you are a determined person – and that’s good! Thanks for adding my blog to your food blogroll – I am really glad it made your list! Stay in touch. Eileen

    1. It was surprisingly alright. Although…as you can probably see I’ve been thinking a lot about work and career paths, and what I want out of life. Email me if you want!

  5. Nice to meet your blog!!! I’m with you on saving and being frugal!!!! I feel like a little sacrifice today will go a long way tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ How do you like Auckland?

  6. Just found you via the travel blog carnival. Love your “about” page. You sound very wise for your young years. (I say this as a Baby Boomer, so you are young to me).

    Still not sure how I feel about semi-colons. After all these years on the planet, many of them spent writing, you would think I would have formed an opinion by now.

    As to your last belief, when I was your age, I concurred 100%. I was Ms. Responsible at all times, staying on the straight and narrow life trajectory: graduated from college (university); graduated from law school; got married (twice — the first one doesn’t count IMHO since I’ve been married to husband #2 for over 30 years now); and, gave birth to and raised two sons while working too many hours per week as a lawyer. Now, after several major health scares, watching contemporaries (friends and acquaintances) succumb to bad diseases and having presided over my father’s demise, I’m in a carpe diem phase. Our sons are through university, independent and self-supporting; I’m almost finished easing out of being a lawyer; I followed my #2 son into travel blogging; and now, I’m much more willing to say “f**k it” and choose to stoke my wanderlust whenever possible.

    Write on!
    PS: I see I have been using semi-colons; hopefully, appropriately ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Wow, I can relate with you in most things! Dreamer and pessimist, loving travel but not sports… Took a year off for a RTW trip and been recently in NZ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy travels!

  8. I do not talk sports too, period. I started blogging about personal finance, and yes, I stumbled upon your blog. I do like travel, but no plan for full time. And yes, may I say that I also marry to a spender.

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