I would like to think that for our age, Connor and I do pretty well financially. We of course, have our ups and downs and moments of financial stress and penny-pinching, but we always pull through. I was taught at a young age the importance of hard work to earn money and save, which was sometimes difficult as a child when I would want to buy a new barbie doll that day rather than save for a car that I would get in ten years. Nevertheless, I always followed the rule of putting half of what I earned into savings, and sure enough, by my sixteenth birthday, I had a car. It wasn’t the most beautiful and expensive one on the road (read: ’91 Honda Civic Hatchback spray-painted black), but it got me around town and took me to hang out with friends. Something about earning what you have is really fulfilling, which is why I sometimes shake my head when parents go out and buy their children brand new cars for their 16th birthday. I sure as heck won’t! When you earn things yourself, and you take the time and do the work to earn that thing, you treat it better. And even if you don’t, it is still a confidence boost knowing that you did it on your own.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 07/23/2013
[Image via Cush and Nooks]
Despite the need for me to be studying for my upcoming (as in, tomorrow) LEED Green Associate test, half of my brain is just distracted by thoughts of a future home. Connor and I made the fun and exciting mistake of going to an open showing of a cute and colorful house while we were in Bremerton, and since then, I just haven’t been able to get the thing out of my head. Mostly, it’s just the desire to have a more permanent place, and one that we can truly call our own. Now of course, Connor and I don’t plan on buying a house for at least a few more years unless by some miracle something happens. But now after all these feelings I have, it is going to make it even harder to wait for the time to come. Our move-out date for the apartment is the end of next week, so we have been talking a lot about our next steps, and it hasn’t been easy!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 06/21/2013