Thursday, June 14, 2012

Money might not buy happiness, but it doesn't make me cry...

I do realize that money isn't everything, but this day and age it almost is. You can't buy happiness, but you have to buy food, pay bills, etc etc etc.
If you know me, you know I stress out a lot, and a lot of it has to do with money. I've been knocked on my rear so many times that I feel deathly afraid I will run out, again, and there won't be anymore. I might get super sick or in an accident and loose my job, my car might give out and I won't be able to afford to fix it, what if my girls get sick/hurt and I can't afford the vet bill...?!?!?! Yeah, it goes on.
Yes, I have my online shop. No, it isn't doing so well. Am I doing all I can for that? No. Do I realize I could do a lot more? Yes. Do I know what all of those things could be? No. So... that stuff needs to change.
My title as a Vegan Consultant just doesn't pay the bills, though I love to help. I love seeing messages in my Facebook inbox asking about advice, and I've gotten them from some friends I never thought would ask me those kind of questions. I realize that where I am currently living (probably even the tri-state area) there isn't much of a desire for Vegan Consultants, and while I would love to try living somewhere else... well... let's just say I do feel quite stuck here.
I need to make a plan.
I need to set some goals.
I need to stick to that plan, stay in line with those goals.
Unless someone living in a more vegan & planet friendly city wants to give me and my two dogs a place to stay until we get on our feet? Anyone? No?
On a lighter note, I've set up an Instagram... account? Page? Idk what to call it, but I use the name RogueVegan. I am still Rogue, after all. So find me, and help me learn how fun it can be...

Side Note: I know some women out there who search out guys who are in a certain income class, & if a guy doesn't fit into that they won't even give them the time of day. I've never been that way, though I find it funny that some of the "brokest" guys I've dated tried to say I used them for money (how can you use someone for something they don't have?). Another reason I'm not like that is what happens when they leave? If it's just about money, there is nothing solid holding you together. Then you find yourself alone again, but this time used to a lifestyle you can't afford on your own because you've let someone else foot the bill for it all.

First plan: set a strict budget to include savings.
One thing I'm doing to help: starting a container garden again; not only does food you grow yourself just taste better, but they pay for themselves fairly quickly.
Important thing to do: get my savings back to a healthy status.

What I have to do right now: GO TO WORK! lol
What I wish I could do: laundry (I love hanging clothes out to dry) & yoga!

Good day to you all!

Friday, June 1, 2012

My blog got a makeover!

It's something I've been thinking of doing for a while, so here it goes!
Changed the colors, fonts, titles, etc etc etc... yupyup
In my real life I've had a few changes... recently "single" (I hate that label, so I rarely use it, seems to make people think they need to send sympathy your way when really they should congratulate you for not settling for that guy that would never pay you back, left empty promises behind like used tissues, or thought my mom/dad/cousin was super hot), living on my own again (with my two girls, of course), and have a pretty good job (would be nice if it paid more, but I would like to stay with this company for a while). I've still been slacking on the crafting/beading stuffs, that should change soon. I do still have my Etsy shop, trying to keep it stocked and also stop using the economy as an excuse... (bad economy! bad! NO!)
The breakup came about after a series of things, things I told him I wouldn't take again... and after a couple of months of taking it I thought to myself "WTF are you doing?!?!?!? You know better!". What's the use of being with someone that you have to start taking an antidepressant to be with. It's not like he cheated, and he did do some things for me (though half assed & always reminded me constantly of those things) but the bad outweighed the good.
Oh, also I got a couple of plants to begin working on a container garden again. Of course that includes a mint plant, but in thinking I grabbed a tomato plant I ended up with a sweet pepper one. Good thing I like sweet peppers. A tomato plant will be my next one.
I'm also looking into investing in a wheatgrass juicer and the stuff to grow my own. And a sushi making kit and sake set, because I haven't made sushi in forever (lost my bamboo mat) and love some saki.
Oh, OH! The most important thing... I QUIT SMOKING! Yup, a few months ago I just didn't buy anymore. Someone did give me a tip on how to make myself quit, but it involved keeping up with the hours I didn't smoke. Thinking about all that time I didn't have one just made me want one even more.. I do much better ont he "out of sight, out of mind" idea... also, not buying anymore helped (don't know many others that smoke my kind helps a lot, too).
To sum up...
Things have changed, but I'm still vegan! This blog isn't just about tips and tricks, but also how my life is going... and my hair is pink. Sometimes.