Ahhhh… l’amour. February means love is in the air. Or not. To be fair, I always say I have a Valentine, even if he is furry, has paws and might be a feline. Okay, he is a feline but he is still my Valentine! Max is not fussy, which makes him a great Valentine, but he also steals my credit card to buy me a gift since he’s a bum cat without a job. Yup, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 Of course, whether your sweetheart is a feline or human, you can still give high-impact and low-cost homemade Valentine’s Day gifts without breaking your piggy bank (or stealing your sweetheart’s credit card).
I can’t believe we’re already saying farewell to January. It’s always such a strange month to me. It both moves slow in comparison to the hustle and bustle of December, while also disappearing faster than Max can gobble a bowl full of kibble. It seems like I never accomplish everything I intended, but that’s life, right? Having plans and to-do’s, then being flexible enough to adapt to change and opportunity. Sometimes I am really good at this and other times I can be a bit stubborn about change. Work in progress, thy name is Tanya.
The largest Powerball jackpot in history probably seems like old news today, but it led to a huge money mindset a-ha for me that I’d like to share with you today. Let’s journey back to a couple weeks ago: the record-breaking Powerball jackpot was the talk of the town. People daydreamed about what they would do if they won, while others scolded us for being stupid and wasting money on lottery tickets and false hopes. I generally don’t play the lottery and you can likely guess the couple times I did — when the jackpots were huge. I always bought my ticket with no expectation of winning and went merrily on my way when I didn’t. But this jackpot was different.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who did so much to advance the civil rights movement, and I wonder what Dr. King would think if he was alive today. Would he be surprised that nearly 50 years after his assassination that there was still so much unrest and work to be done? I’m not sure if he would be surprised but probably a bit sad and still 100% committed to seeing equality.
Every month I plan to feature one DIY post on a variety of topics from beauty, home-cleaning, decorating and more. I have no problem buying quality products that I love, but I also enjoy experimenting with homemade versions too and seeing what I can create with my own two hands. Sometimes, the retail product is superior and other times, the DIY version is the clear winner in both results and cost. In this instance, the DIY pore strips beat the store-bought strips and cost a fraction of the price to make too. Win-Win.
I never watched The Oprah Show, but I LOVE her magazine. One thing she often talks about is living your best life. Your best life. It sounds amazing, right? My best life would be a little glamorous with elegant dinner parties, walks on the beach, snuggling with Max while I read and a closet full of stylish clothes in a size that feels good. The dream is so alluring but always seems out of reach, especially when I play the comparison game. I’ve spent too much time comparing my life to others or worrying about what they think versus creating the life I want for myself. One of my resolutions this year is to live my best life on my terms.