Five Things

Five Things: March 20th 2021

It felt like an incredibly short week, perhaps because of Daylight Savings Time beginning and perhaps because it was March Break and time off always goes too fast, but here we are on another Saturday, talking about my week. All in all it was a fairly good one, and now it’s the first day of spring! Spring and its symbolism are really my favourites, so I’m feeling very happy.

(Side note: it’s not a very cheerful post. I think I’m struggling a little right now. Sorry for the bad vibes, but I’m just being honest.)

Personal

Why I love writing

It didn’t escape my notice that I’ve been writing this blog for about a month now, and I’m still really enjoying it! Sometimes it’s hard to get a creative idea, but those who pursue creative endeavours know that it’s not always about having inspiration strike, but the discipline to be consistent even when you don’t have a good idea.

I wanted to write something feel-good today, so I thought I’d write about why I love writing so much.

Life

Starting School in a Pandemic

The pandemic has affected every inch of the Earth and every area of our lives, but I wanted to focus on one area in particular today, which is starting school in a pandemic. Relatively speaking, it’s not the worst thing that could ever happen–I am very well aware that people have lost lives and jobs–but it is something that is still very real, and a factor of the mental health crisis happening concurrently with the pandemic.

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Five Things: March 13th 2021

Hello everyone and happy March Break! For… just my class, maybe? Since March Break was pushed back to April for high school students, and Reading Week for uni students was in February. I’m trying to work out if it’s a good thing I have time off when others don’t or not. On one hand, can’t hang out with my friends. On the other, can’t hang out with my friends anyway…

Finances

Yes, You Need a Budget (YNAB Review)

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions and all that, I resolved to give it a try. So on January 1st, I plugged away at using YNAB. I’d read some advice and watched some YouTube videos on how to use it, but I still felt wary, because I’d heard there was a huge learning curve with the program. I tentatively filled in my budgets for different categories, thinking to myself that it didn’t seem like it would be too difficult–or too different than other personal finance programs. Did I mention that YNAB costs money, too? $84 USD ($107 CAD) for a year. Was this really a life-changer? I had my doubts.

Flash forward to today, and I can confidently say that yes, YNAB is a life-changer, and here’s why.

Life

Happy 20 Years ♡

Gretchen Rubin has a fantastic quote: “The days are long, but the years are short.” Somehow I blinked and now I am in my twenties. I imagine the next ten years will pass similarly, slow but also at breakneck speed, and I’ll be a thirty-something, the same age as my parents when they immigrated. Will I have the same courage as them, I wonder, to seek a better life?

I don’t have the answer. All I know is this: it’s been a good 20 years, Canada. Here’s to many more to come.

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Five Things: February 27th 2021

Hello everyone! I think I’m slowly getting into the swing of things with running this blog, and with that comes a great amount of joy. Sitting down to write this post felt extremely comfortable, like we’re just having a little chat about life over a cup of tea or something.

It’s been an interesting week of ups and downs… but at least it wasn’t boring, I suppose. Keeps you on your toes.