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This week I celebrated my 31st birthday with a series of get-togethers with family and friends. Although I never take my friends or family for granted I will admit that birthdays remind me just how much love we all have to give. On my birthday I was inundated with emails, phone calls, and quite a few happy birthday songs. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday a special occasion. I have one big hoorah left tomorrow. After that, the birthday celebrations will be over until next year.
I am sick of not feeling well. I know better than to pity myself or cling to the hope that things will get better. After three years things are not going to get better. This is my life and I should be thankful to be alive at all. I know that people have it much worse than I do. I know there are people fighting terminal diseases. I know there are people who are losing their battles, but it’s hard to wake up every day in pain. Pain that is invisible to the rest of the world.
Today after spending one hour and $125 at the massage therapist’s office, my practitioner informed me that my original medical problem may be causing new symptoms. If this is true there is nothing I can do about it. Surgeon’s have already done all they can. So if there will be pain, there will be pain, and I will simply continue paying for anything and anyone that can provide momentary relief from it.
This has been a big week for One Frugal Girl. This blog was started as a way to distract myself from an unexpected medical trauma. Since March of 2006 I have not only distracted myself from pain and injury but also managed to write 295 posts and reach over 200 subscribers.
Yesterday I was honored when Donna Freedman enjoyed my blog enough to mention my posts on the Smart Spending blog on MSN Money. I have been a fan of Donna’s since I read Surviving (and thriving) on $12,000 a year . You can check out her comments on my posts in ‘To buy or not to buy?’
It’s a been a good week for One Frugal Girl. Thanks to all of you who read this blog and especially to those who leave comments.
Sorry for the lack of posts over the past two weeks. I am unsuccessfully preparing for an upcoming test. I promise to get back to posting by the end of next week.
I am not usually a huge fan of birthdays, but this weekend’s festivities were a blast. Friday night I went out with my husband, my husband’s co-workers, and a couple of their girlfriends and wives. We drove up to Canton, which is a quaint, little neighborhood in Baltimore. We ate and drank in a whole bunch of, off-the-beaten-path bars, including Jack’s Bistro, Blue Parrot, and some sports bar whose name I can’t remember. Jack’s Bistro had such amazing food that we returned for a second happy hour that occurs nightly between 11 pm and 1 am. The best thing about the night: No worries about the bar bills. At each bar someone else picked up the tab. My husband and his co-workers all make decent salaries and it was nice to pick up the tab without trying to figure out how much each individual ate and drank or feeling stiffed with the bill.
Saturday my husband and I drove up to Annapolis and spent two hours aboard a 74 foot schooner. Unfortunately, we were only able to sail for about 30 minutes, then the wind dropped and we motored the rest of the way, but it was so nice to be out on the water. After the sail we took a water taxi over to the Chart House where we dined on steak, shrimp, and calamari. After dinner we sat out on the pier and watched the boats go by. The sun was setting and it was so peaceful out on the water. We drove home and watched Casino Royale.
Today we drove over to Rock Creek Park to watch the men’s and women’s finals in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. In 2002 we witnessed James Blake beat my all time favorite tennis player, Andre Agassi, in the semi-finals. Tonight we watched Andy Roddick beat John Isner. We purchased the not-so-cheap, cheap seats about an hour after the doubles match started. We were in the next to the last row at the top of the stadium so it seems we purchased one of the last sets of tickets available. It’s always a blast to see some of the best tennis players right in our own backyard and I hope to go back again next year.
All in all this is one of the best birthdays I can remember.
The Washington Post has an inspiring article in this week’s Sunday Source called Reinvent Your Life. The article divulges the details of for individuals who gave up their boring, unhappy lives in search of adventure. Everything from a software engineer turned model to a help-desk support technician moving to Antarctica. The article takes a look not only at the positive side of changing careers, but also the darker side, which can lead to loneliness and perhaps an even unhappier future.
The article says more than half of Americans across all income brackets are dissatisfied with their jobs today. Up from 39 percent in 1987. One of the profiled individuals encouraged unhappy individuals to consider alternative career choices. But first she said to ask yourself the following, “Do I need a total change of scene, or do I just need a vacation? Do I need to change my whole entire career, or do I just need to change the company I’m working with?” She suggests considering changing the company you work with before considering changing your career completely.
Just this week I met with a friend of mine who has been encouraging me to change careers. I’m unhappy with my job but the pay and benefits make a monotonous job much more bearable. I would love a fulfilling job but I’m not certain what I want to do with my life or what career path I’d like to take. My friend drastically changed careers a few years ago, but she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. It is much easier to jump ship when you have a goal in mind and much more difficult when you are unhappy with your career but uncertain what you want to do. Nevertheless I did find inspiration in this article.
Tonight I stumbled across the 43 Things website. The site allows you to create a list of 43 things you’d like to accomplish. The creators of the site claim that people who document their goals are more likely to achieve them. You can view other’s lists and incorporate their aspirations into your own. It’s a pretty nifty idea. As you check your goals off the list you can write stories capturing your progress.
Here’s the start of my list:
- Be well.
- Find Courage.
- Explore… my life, my career, my passions.
- Spend more time with those I love.
- Start a Journal.
- Enjoy the weather when it’s sunny and warm outside.
- Walk at least one mile each day.
- Read for pleasure.
- Rediscover happiness.
- Sing in the shower.
- Take a yoga class.
- Go to sleep earlier.
- Smile more.
- Worry less.
The bloggers of the world have chosen all sorts of interesting names for their blogs, but I wonder how many bloggers will eventually chose to rename them. After graduation will Broke-Ass Student become Millionaire Graduate? Will the DINKS become the DWENKS after they have children and will Single Ma ever be Married? You’ve got to love Dawn over at Frugal for Life, who came up with a title that she can use… well for the rest of her life.
Most of my favorite bloggers seem to capture their personalities with the name of their blogs. Within seconds of reading you can immediately begin to visualize the author. Who wouldn’t imagine that Budgeting Babe is hot or Okdork nerdy? You can sympathize, empathize, and relate to the author all within seconds of reading the title.
As for me… I took no time in deciding on the title of One Frugal Girl.
One… because one dollar, plus one dollar, plus one dollar… can become one million. In one second you can gain a windfall of money and one good decision can lead you on a path to wealth.
Frugal… because I am not miserly, cheap or a penny-pincher. Frugal is not an indication of wealth it’s a frame of mind, a lifestyle… someone who is careful with money.
Girl… because ‘female’ seemed too much like a feminist and ‘lady’ to uppity. Actually, at 29, I suppose I’m already much too old for that title. The title is an indication of spirit… not age… and as of this point I have no plan to change the title.
Feeling some link love from Beachgirl’s Budget Blog here are 8 things you probably don’t know about me:
- I almost called off my wedding when I couldn’t find my marriage license. I’m a bit superstitious and thought it might have been a sign that I shouldn’t get married.
- I had an incredibly hard time giving up my maiden name and officially changed it twice at the social security office.
- I love the taste of orange candy. Orange lollipops, sprees, starburst and tic tacs are my absolute favorites.
- I savor the one week each year when I can eat wild blackberries right off the bushes.
- I have always wanted a pair of wonder woman’s bullet reflecting bracelets.
- To help me overcome shyness my father used to make me order in restaurants. I cried the first few times.
- My fifth grade music teacher allowed me to join the chorus only if I promised not to sing. (I was and am still completely tone def.)
- As a child I never understood why the army didn’t buy sheets to protect the troops, after all they protected me from the monsters under my bed and the boogie man.
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Happy 4th of July!