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Frugal Rich Life

Future Dreams

It’s been more than a year since our last post. However, if you have “liked” us on Facebook then you have noticed occasional updates of interesting articles.

Heath has been free from the rat race and is currently working for his own web developing and online branding business. That was his ultimate goal and I’m glad that he’s able to do it. I love seeing him happy being able to work on projects that he wants to do, and he gets to do it in the comfort of our home office.

I am still working full-time for an organization as we are in the middle of a huge project. As to whether I will continue working there after we finish with our current project, I cannot say. Part-time, I have a wellness business where I provide health coaching and foot zonology services.

 

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Future Dreams

It’s been more than a year since our last post. However, if you have “liked” us on Facebook then you have noticed occasional updates of interesting articles.

Heath has been free from the rat race and is currently working for his own web developing and online branding business. That was his ultimate goal and I’m glad that he’s able to do it. I love seeing him happy being able to work on projects that he wants to do, and he gets to do it in the comfort of our home office.

I am still working full-time for an organization as we are in the middle of a huge project. As to whether I will continue working there after we finish with our current project, I cannot say. Part-time, I have a wellness business where I provide health coaching and foot zonology services.

 

Future Dreams

It’s been more than a year since our last post. However, if you have “liked” us on Facebook then you have noticed occasional updates of interesting articles.

Heath has been free from the rat race and is currently working for his own web developing and online branding business. That was his ultimate goal and I’m glad that he’s able to do it. I love seeing him happy being able to work on projects that he wants to do, and he gets to do it in the comfort of our home office.

I am still working full-time for an organization as we are in the middle of a huge project. As to whether I will continue working there after we finish with our current project, I cannot say. Part-time, I

 

Smoothies Can Save Your Produce

Last night, Heath and I joined some of my girlfriends to a free event by Robyn Openshaw, aka Green Smoothie Girl. Even though most of us already knew about the health benefits of green smoothies and adding more whole, raw foods to our diet, it was a great reminder how nutritious green smoothies are for you.

This morning as I was contemplating about the stuff I learned from the event, I thought about how smoothies are a frugal person’s best friend.

It’s a great way to create a nutritious veggie/fruit cocktail with produce you have lying around before it perishes. Sometimes you get that fruit that has a little bruise or the greens that are starting to wilt and you know it won’t taste that great if you eat it, but you can just throw it in a smoothie and all is good in the world again. I do the same thing for leafy greens – when it starts getting a little wilty I just throw it in the smoothie instead of chucking it. It’s a great family activity to get the kids involved and experiment with different ingredients and concoctions.

All you need to make a great smoothie is a blender, water, veggies (especially leafy greens), and some fruit (like apples.) Heath and I invested in a Vitamix and it’s the best thing we have ever bought. We have definitely covered the difference in the cost just from the daily use we get out of it. Also, it makes smoothies truly smooth.

Try making some smoothies because in the long run, besides saving your produce, you are also saving your health.

 

Smoothies Can Save Your Produce

Last night, Heath and I joined some of my girlfriends to a free event by Robyn Openshaw, aka Green Smoothie Girl. Even though most of us already knew about the health benefits of green smoothies and adding more whole, raw foods to our diet, it was a great reminder how nutritious green smoothies are for you.

This morning as I was contemplating about the stuff I learned from the event, I thought about how smoothies are a frugal person’s best friend.

It’s a great way to create a nutritious veggie/fruit cocktail with produce you have lying around before it perishes. Sometimes you get that fruit that has a little bruise or the greens that are starting to wilt and you know it won’t taste that great if you eat it, but you can just throw it in a smoothie and all is good in the world again. I do the same thing for leafy greens – when it starts getting a little wilty I just throw it in the smoothie instead of chucking it. It’s a great family activity to get the kids involved and experiment with different ingredients and concoctions.

All you need to make a great smoothie is a blender, water, veggies (especially leafy greens), and some fruit (like apples.) Heath and I invested in a Vitamix and it’s the best thing we have ever bought. We have definitely covered the difference in the cost just from the daily use we get out of it. Also, it makes smoothies truly smooth.

Try making some smoothies because in the long run, besides saving your produce, you are also saving your health.

 

New Home, New Jobs, and Consolidation

A lot of changes have occurred within the last couple of months and especially the last couple of weeks.

Heath and I were at a crossroads in our lives. A couple of months ago, we were feeling somewhat lost and confused in our work and our future. Then, we received our lease renewal letter in the mail and that was the initial decision point that helped shape our new changes.

Our rent had increased nearly $200/mo (because we were living in an area in which a big tech company was going to occupy – I’m using their product right now as we speak to even write this blog post..) We felt the money that we were losing was not worth it for only a 1 bedroom apartment, which didn’t include utilities and other necessities. Even though this was our first home together as a couple, the area was great, great apartment amenities, and we had such wonderful memories here, we knew we had to move.

When we started apartment hunting, it was such a huuuge pain. Rent was increasing everywhere! We were going to pay major moolah to live in a small dump. Then, Heath and I had to think really really hard. Is this decision going to work? Is it going to cramp our freedom? Was it worth it to save some money?

We finally decided to move in with my mom. My mother still lives in a 2-story 3-bedroom house in an affluent neighborhood by herself. She raised me half my life as a single mother and she has been paying for this house mostly on her own. If Heath and I moved in with her, she would be near family everyday, have people to help her maintain the house, and Heath and I would pay less rent while helping my mother financially. It was a win-win situation. However, the one thing that made me hesitant was whether my mom would put limitations on me because I was still her child.

My mom and I had a small talk and was really honest to each other. We talked about boundaries, what was accessible in the house, expectations in terms of house chores / responsibilities, but also about respect and privacy. I was an adult now and I’m not the same party-loving person I was 5-6 years ago. She can’t tell me what to do as long as I wasn’t harming myself or others. After this talk, Heath and I had to figure out who keeps what and what would be stored in the garage. As long as I had the Vitamix in the kitchen, I was happy.

The best thing about this decision was that I really don’t think this is a “downgrade.” If anything, I feel like we are “consolidating” – making use of unused space, being financially saavy, more people to help around and maintain the house, and creating a stronger bond as a family. In a lot of cultures, there’s a big emphasis on family, where children will continue living with their parents even after they’re married and have kids. Here in the American culture, it’s almost a right of passage for children to move out and settle away from their parents. Spending money for extra space and consuming more to fill that space.

So far, it’s been a couple of weeks and things are going great for us. My mom is really happy.

Best of all, though, is Heath and I got new job opportunities. When we first were applying, we were scared that we would be taking a financial risk. What if it doesn’t work out? How are we going to pay for rent? We were scared of taking opportunities because of rent. But now, we know that we can chase our dreams and search our true potential without worrying about our finances. Between our new jobs and living with my mom, we’re saving sooo much. If that isn’t financial freedom, I don’t know what is.

What big steps have you ever taken in your life to gain financial freedom?

 

New Home, New Jobs, and Consolidation

A lot of changes have occurred within the last couple of months and especially the last couple of weeks.

Heath and I were at a crossroads in our lives. A couple of months ago, we were feeling somewhat lost and confused in our work and our future. Then, we received our lease renewal letter in the mail and that was the initial decision point that helped shape our new changes.

Our rent had increased nearly $200/mo (because we were living in an area in which a big tech company was going to occupy – I’m using their product right now as we speak to even write this blog post..) We felt the money that we were losing was not worth it for only a 1 bedroom apartment, which didn’t include utilities and other necessities. Even though this was our first home together as a couple, the area was great, great apartment amenities, and we had such wonderful memories here, we knew we had to move.

When we started apartment hunting, it was such a huuuge pain. Rent was increasing everywhere! We were going to pay major moolah to live in a small dump. Then, Heath and I had to think really really hard. Is this decision going to work? Is it going to cramp our freedom? Was it worth it to save some money?

We finally decided to move in with my mom. My mother still lives in a 2-story 3-bedroom house in an affluent neighborhood by herself. She raised me half my life as a single mother and she has been paying for this house mostly on her own. If Heath and I moved in with her, she would be near family everyday, have people to help her maintain the house, and Heath and I would pay less rent while helping my mother financially. It was a win-win situation. However, the one thing that made me hesitant was whether my mom would put limitations on me because I was still her child.

My mom and I had a small talk and was really honest to each other. We talked about boundaries, what was accessible in the house, expectations in terms of house chores / responsibilities, but also about respect and privacy. I was an adult now and I’m not the same party-loving person I was 5-6 years ago. She can’t tell me what to do as long as I wasn’t harming myself or others. After this talk, Heath and I had to figure out who keeps what and what would be stored in the garage. As long as I had the Vitamix in the kitchen, I was happy.

The best thing about this decision was that I really don’t think this is a “downgrade.” If anything, I feel like we are “consolidating” – making use of unused space, being financially saavy, more people to help around and maintain the house, and creating a stronger bond as a family. In a lot of cultures, there’s a big emphasis on family, where children will continue living with their parents even after they’re married and have kids. Here in the American culture, it’s almost a right of passage for children to move out and settle away from their parents. Spending money for extra space and consuming more to fill that space.

So far, it’s been a couple of weeks and things are going great for us. My mom is really happy.

Best of all, though, is Heath and I got new job opportunities. When we first were applying, we were scared that we would be taking a financial risk. What if it doesn’t work out? How are we going to pay for rent? We were scared of taking opportunities because of rent. But now, we know that we can chase our dreams and search our true potential without worrying about our finances. Between our new jobs and living with my mom, we’re saving sooo much. If that isn’t financial freedom, I don’t know what is.

 

November 2011 Update

There wasn’t any blogging going on in the month of October.

Heath and I have been struggling with work / life balance, which I’m sure many out there do.

We have both come to the realization that taking care of ourselves, our health, and our sanity is super important, and that we should not compromise those things.

The passing of Steve Jobs was a great reminder that, hey, life is short. Enjoy it while you can doing what you care about. You don’t want to look back and regret the things you have missed out.

I have enrolled and started a holistic nutrition and health program. I’m learning so so much about health and all the different factors that affect health. Things that are overlooked by health professionals because they want to fix you up super quick and get you out. Everyone has control over their health, but many fail to make it a priority. Health is an ongoing thing, it’s a lifestyle. But we trudge along doing what we know is wrong until something goes awry and we want a quick fix. It shouldn’t be like that; it’s not like that.

Anyways, in 6 months I will get my health coach certification so I can provide support and guide individuals who want to make a difference in their health. I want to include my health coaching with my current side business in the beauty industry. For now, to get more ideas on how you can improve your health, you can read my blog at http://realbeautyconcept.blogspot.com for subjects that I’m constantly researching and learning.

The holidays are coming up again so that means saving strategies as we start preparing for gifts. Heath and I will be visiting local relatives for Thanksgiving but heading to Missouri for Christmas to New Years.

 

November 2011 Update

There wasn’t any blogging going on in the month of October.

Heath and I have been struggling with work / life balance, which I’m sure many out there do.

We have both come to the realization that taking care of ourselves, our health, and our sanity is super important, and that we should not compromise those things.

The passing of Steve Jobs was a great reminder that, hey, life is short. Enjoy it while you can doing what you care about. You don’t want to look back and regret the things you have missed out.

I have enrolled and started a holistic nutrition and health program. I’m learning so so much about health and all the different factors that affect health. Things that are overlooked by health professionals because they want to fix you up super quick and get you out. Everyone has control over their health, but many fail to make it a priority. Health is an ongoing thing, it’s a lifestyle. But we trudge along doing what we know is wrong until something goes awry and we want a quick fix. It shouldn’t be like that; it’s not like that.

Anyways, in 6 months I will get my health coach certification so I can provide support and guide individuals who want to make a difference in their health. I want to include my health coaching with my current side business in the beauty industry. For now, to get more ideas on how you can improve your health, you can read my blog at http://realbeautyconcept.blogspot.com for subjects that I’m constantly researching and learning.

The holidays are coming up again so that means saving strategies as we start preparing for gifts. Heath and I will be visiting local relatives for Thanksgiving but heading to Missouri for Christmas to New Years.

 
 
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