2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hey everyone, how are you?

Throughout this year and previous years, I have been struggling with keeping blogs. One thing I hope for next year is that blogging becomes a habit for me or something I, at least don’t give up on.

November is ending soon and Christmas will soon be here. Another year will come to an end; another chapter book closed; a new one to open.

Usually at this time, people begin to think of things they want done or to do next year. Goals that either get swept under the rug or try-fail-succeed. A list easy to create; yet, not-so-easy to accomplish.

I, like them, have created this list time and time again. I, like some, have failed tremendously. I, like the few, have swept them under the rug. A list once made forgotten as the new year unfolds.

Every year when I make this list, I always write the same things- lose 30 lbs, read one book a month, write more, pray more, etc, etc. To me, it’s never heartfelt; rather, it’s everyone’s making this list, why not I? Then, I sit down to make it only to find an empty brain.

My stupid brain voided of all the things I can accomplish next year. My brain should be on cruise control. It should be ecstatic by now. A year is coming to an end! A new beginning is underway! But no, it’s not.

In fact, my brain is running the complete opposite right now. It’s dragging. Time’s ticking rather slowly with me on sleep mode. And so, I watched YouTube videos to hype my brain of the new year that’s coming (whether or not my brain’s intent).

And now, here is my

New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel more.

2. Using Digits app, save money.

3. Declutter my makeup.

4. Purchase makeup only when: needed, sale, or after October when Christmas gift sets come out.

5. Read one book a month.

6. Write for thirty minutes a day.

7. Revamp my WordPress blog.

8. Pay off my debts.

9. Set aside money for a car.

10. Clean my room.

11. Declutter my room.

12. Focus on BALANCE.

13. Watch YouTube videos other than makeup reviews, swatches, tutorials… etc.

14. Pray more.

15. Have more of God and I time.

16. Think of going back to school.

17. Follow my Low Nickel and GERD diets.

18. Follow and cross off as many as I can on this list.

19. Find inner peace.

20. One a day poems or lyrics.

21. Learn about poetry again.

22. Learn about cosmetics and how it’s used (only time to watch on YouTube).

23. Wash and clean my car at least once a month.

24. Declutter my trunk and keep it that way!

25. Eat less out and more at home.

26. Learn and keep sautéing.

27. Eat healthy.

28. Love myself.

29. Focus on the present.

30. Be more positive.

Legion of Mary

Today I attended my first meeting of Legion of Mary (Legio Mariae) founded by Frank Duff in 1921. It is one to one-in-a-half hour long meetings held once a week. Each person is to do something during the week- “a job”. Some work with children, others distribute communion to sick, etc. There’s a list of acceptable jobs in a book I haven’t yet received. This week my only job is to talk about this group. See if anyone is inspired and wants to join or at least be an Auxiliary member.

At first, I thought that’s hard. But then the sister told me they don’t necessarily have to join. Just talk about the group to someone and if they are interested they can come to the next meeting for at least 30 minutes. That to me isn’t bad. I don’t know many where I live. I barely get out and talk. I stay in my bubble and drive around by myself or with my mom- that’s all. But I know one (besides mom) who I can ask that goes to the same church. This got me wishing I had a previous coworker number. She would probably join, at least at her church or be an Auxillary member.

Anyways, today’s meeting I enjoyed for the most part. There were some parts I drifted and felt anxious because of that. Those were mostly when they listed every individuals job done, some financial stuff, and previous weeks/upcoming events. Things I didn’t understand I drifted. But prayer time- rosary- I liked.

This group was very welcoming. They gave me tons of pamphlets to look over.

About Legion of Mary taken from Auxiliary Membership pamphlet:

The Legion of Mary is a Catholic lay association. It’s object is the glory of God. This is developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work of bringing everyone closer to God. Members participate in the life of the parish in many different ways and through collaboration in apostolic undertakings sponsored by the parish.

From what I understood, Auxiliary Members don’t participate in the group meetings, they stay at home and pray the prayers in the pamphlet each day. That, or 5 decades of the Rosary suffices.

As for the ones who join the weekly meetings, I am still learning. From what I got, they take attendance, then each member reports on their job each week. Like if you worked with EDGE, they asked how many kids were there. They also reported on how much budget was spent and what was left. There are some who visited the sick and gave communion to them.

During the meeting, they read from a book and whoever read or if someone else prefered, would discuss the reading. I didn’t have the book yet, so a lady next to me shared her’s.

The meeting I went to had 9 members, maybe 10 because one didn’t attend today’s. I’m a bit nervous, but excited to join this. I think it would be good and healthy for me. It’s keeping me busy. If it’s not this, I’d be out ruining my checking account on unnecessary spending or driving for no reason just to get out of the house. This is a way I can surround myself with people. Surround myself with positivity and forget all the negatives around me.

Baby Step 1

Okay, so I signed up for Financial Peace University. For those of you who don’t know what it is, have you heard of Dave Ramsey? If so, that might help you out. If not, well, I’m fairly new in knowing about him and FPU.
But the church I attend is offering a 9 week session on managing/budgeting money. If you don’t know anything about Dave Ramsey, I actually had no clue until last Saturday when finding some YouTube videos of his talks.
Dave Ramsey talks a lot about how to get out of debt and be at financial peace. There are 7 steps that he calls baby steps. The first baby step is to save $1,000 in emergency fund as quickly as possible.
When hearing this, I’m like, “How in the world can I save that much quickly?” Quickly as in a month or two. I thought of the bags I have. I have two bags that I received free from Macys purchasing Taylor Swift’s perfumes. I also received a bag free from them purchasing a Selena Gomez’s perfume. I have a fossile bag that looks nice still and I barely use it. I also have bags I purchased from Walmart. I have more bags than I need. So that’s my first thing I could sell.
Speaking of perfumes, can you sell used to barely used perfumes? I have Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted that I cannot use for my poor nose does not tolerate the scent anymore. I also have a Red Door from Elizabeth Arden, Selena Gomez’s perfume, and a few Bath and Body Works ones. Would those be something I could sell? Or would it be like makeup, once used no one would really want to use it or even buy it.

Below shows two bags I could sell. What do you think? How much would they sell for? The Lipstick shape bag is Selena Gomez’s and the other is one of Taylor Swift’s.

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Three Days, No Makeup/Skincare Spending Update

Hello, everyone. It’s been three days and have I spent on makeup and skincare? Nope. I used the money on Taco Bell and Chinese Restaurant, though.

I did get a new palette in the mail to look at its ingredients and see if it won’t irritate my eyes. I didn’t buy it this month. I posted a blog on July 31st about it. I ordered Kat Von D’s limited edition Serpentina. It was the last day of July, but I got it today. Hopefully, I can enjoy this palette because it’s so pretty and jewel tone colors. Sadly, other KVD palettes haven’t worked out with my eyes…. That’s a short update on how my August no Makeup/Skincare shopping spree is going.

Elementary Education

Hey all. Who has an Education degree? Who likes working as a teacher? I want to go back to college for Elementary Education. But I feel like I messed up financially and am not so confident I’d make it through.

If you are a teacher or have been, what advice can you give? I been working with Daycare/private schools. I currently work with 3.5-5.5 year olds and for one hour (unless requested), I watch older kids- that time they are mostly playing.

I get most of the kids to listen. The previous daycare I was able to get a kid to draw something for art when he refused to and the other teacher gave up. That’s what I find I mostly do. I try to question the kids and find some way to motivate them. He was 11 years old. He loved history. For art, they were told to draw anything. He sat there. I asked him to draw. He told me no and was irritated when I questioned him and tried motivating him to draw.

I did get frustrated at first. But I took a step back. Then, I asked him what his favorite character is in a movie or tv show. Something to start up a conversation that would find what he’s interested in because at that point asking what’s his interest led to I can’t draw! response.

I forget the character he told me. I told him to draw that. He responded he can’t and I said try. He still said it.

So I showed him some drawings by his friends around him, some were great others were not so much but it was their work and they tried. I told him some can draw, others may not. All I asked was for him to try. I showed him his friends work saying this person may not have known how to draw this, but they tried. He still kept saying he can’t.

I don’t remember what I said that got him to draw. But in the end he felt happy and even showed me his drawing. In my head, all I could think was I got him to draw- an 11 year old kid who had no desire whatsoever to make even one single line on his paper.

He’s the same kid that started talking more to me. Telling me he likes history. He’d used to tell me what he learned about history and I’d listen. He knew when he could talk about those things- like when we are sitting at the table playing, but not in a group when it’s time for learning.

I remember how he annoyed the other teacher because he’d interrupt her a lot during her circle time. But when I had to do circle time, he’d listen. I made it clear to them there’s a time for talking and a time for listening.

That moment last year during summer classes, I realized maybe I can be a teacher to older kids. I remember when he came to visit after he left that daycare because he was too old for it, he ran up to me to say hi. This is the same kid who said he won’t miss any of his teachers in the daycare when he leaves. This is the same kid I annoyed a lot because I didn’t give him what he wants all the time like the other teacher. I did that to all his friends. I was strict, but not too strict. At least, I tried. I try not to be friends with the kids, but I realized even though they are 5-11 year olds, they still need interaction.

This private school I started working in February this year, I try to interact with the kids by playing basketball with them. This I know got two kids who used to go there entertained and playing nicely with their other friends. Those two boys wanted to play a basketball game but we can’t. They were very upset. They didn’t like the standing in line throwing the ball one at a time. Not until I threw the ball in. Their new game was to try and get to 10 before me. What’s cool is more kids began playing some days, too.

I really want the education degree, but I’m scared I’ll give up on it. I already did at my previous college back in PA. If it happened once, it could happen again. With all the debt I put on myself, I think the education degree is a far reach.

No Makeup/Skincare Purchase Month

Hi all. I spend way too much on makeup/skincare (mainly makeup). Yesterday, I decided for August not to buy any more makeup and use what I have. I am also adding skincare products because although I used to not spend often on skincare, I have been these past few years. Mostly I had been finding products that work well on my skin and nickel free/Quaternium 15 free. However, once I find this, I end up switching after couple days or weeks.

I have tons of makeup. One month may help me use up what I currently bought and really like, such as the Lorac Pro Palette, Tarte’s Tarteist paint mascara and Double Take eyeliner, and Too Faced Melted Berry lipstick. Also the previous purchases I still like- Clinique’s lid pop in Grape and Pop+Primer in Berry Pop, Cola Pop. I have a few others that I don’t use by itself but can add with these two shades.

One month, I know is not enough to finish all these off. Believe me, I have tons more makeup here and palettes I took to PA that I left there because I was planning on giving it to a friend but she decided changing plans to meet her other friend’s needs. Those irritate my eyes. So, I don’t plan on using it at all either way.

But the makeups my skin can tolerate, I plan to use most of them with exception of the products I regret buying.

I am hoping this will help me save money because every paycheck I receive tends to go to makeup. And I really need to get my act together and save! I also need to pay off bills and worry about my car registration, inspection, and maintenance all in one month. August is that time for my car.

I have tried many times and failed at saving. I hope posting this online where others know (rather than just me), I may find support. And maybe somebody out there might join me this month if they have a similar problem with spending on makeup or anything.

Buying a lot of makeup doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem. It’s when all your purchases are affecting your financial life. And when you try to stop, you realize you are addicted to it and cannot stop. Therefore, please don’t think I think people who buy so much makeup has problems. I don’t.