Setting Audacious Goals

Setting Audacious Goals

2020 is almost here-- and I haven't been so excited for a new year in a really long time. I don't know what it is, but I've always found that setting resolutions and goals for the year ahead felt arbitrary and not particularly motivating for me. But, at the same time, my life has always [...]

Yearly Spending Breakdown: This Year vs. Last Year (With Graphs)

Photo by Brooke Lark via Unsplash.com If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you'll get value from it: @wrachelwrites), you've seen these graphs which break down my yearly spending by percentage. I added up exactly what I spent last year (thanks to my budget records, this was easy to do), and made [...]

The Real Difference Between Frugal and Expensive Travel: What I Spent in Iceland

My & some of the best people I know at the most touristy waterfall in Iceland-- soaking it all in. Last summer, I took a week-and-a-half long road trip with my roommates to celebrate our graduation. Following typical college student habits, we made the trip extremely cheap. It was pretty awesome, driving up to Maine [...]

Why I Moved to D.C.

Photo by Casey Horner via Unsplash.com When I told people I was moving to Washington D.C., they tended to give me some version of the same reaction: "That's expensive!" And they were right. My rent has increased almost $400/month, and I'm anticipating a lot small cost of living increases (gas, groceries, eating out) that will definitely [...]

Waiting Through the Chaos: Having Patience When You Have No Control | LIFE UPDATE

Photo by Hédi Benyounes via Unsplash.com In my head, my life has been completely nuts lately. In reality, things are actually pretty calm and slow. The reason I feel like life is crazy is because there are so many changes on the horizon, and I'm constantly ruminating on how to tackle them, logistically, mentally, and financially. [...]

Did I Stay Dry in January?

Photo by Wu Yi via Unsplash.com As the month ends, I'm on my usual routine: editing my next month's budget, looking over my bills, and paying rent. This month, there's a new item on my list: reflecting on my experience with #DryJanuary. How I did, how being sober affected me (and my budget), and whether [...]