NYC is an amazing culinary adventure. There are thousands of places where you could sit your butt down and eat a fantastic meal and that can get overwhelming very quickly. So I thought I would share with you some of the places that I have been and would return to in a heartbeat.
Mornings are, arguably, the most important part of your day. Depending on how you start your morning, your day is either going to take on a positive or negative tone. Here are 5 ways to ensure that you start your day off positively!
1. Drink water.
Drinking a glass of water should be the first thing you do when you get out of bed. This ensures that the first thing you are putting into your body is beneficial. Your body is dehydrated from your sleep so drinking a glass of water is a great way to get your system running again. So before you group that cup of coffee, drink that glass of water.
If only for the first 2 minutes that you wake up, lay with your thoughts. Think about what you have to do for the day or what you dreamt of the night before, it doesn’t matter, just let your mind wander. Taking these 2 minutes to reflect awakens the mind.
I’m a big believer in morning showers, they wash away everything from the day before (both literally and metaphorically). Showering invigorates your body and really wakes you up. Having a shower in the morning ensures you are beginning your day as fresh as possible.
Eating in the morning fuels your body for the rest of the day. If you’re like me and can’t stomach eating food as soon as you wake up, make a smoothie and drink it on the go or even when you get to work. Just eat something.
Before you leave the house for the day, look in the mirror and smile. I promise you, it will allow you to begin your day more positively.
I really want to try and remain consistent with my blog posts, only posting on Mondays and Fridays from now on, however, today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. For all of you non-Canadians, the telecommunication company Bell Canada has allotted January 27th of every year as Bell Let’s Talk Day and for every phone call, text message, or hashtag of #bellletstalk, the company will donate $0.05 towards mental health initiatives. Their goal is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Since this campaign began in 2010, Bell has raised over $100 million towards mental health initiatives in Canada.
I have been trying to come up with a way to start off the financial wellness section of my blog for a while now, but couldn’t find a topic that would be a great starting point and that could appeal to everyone. Then it hit me, it was something that I’ve been trying to do every since I heard the term a few years ago – the 50/20/30 rule.
The 50/20/30 rule is simple; it states that, as a foundation, your fixed expenses should be no more than 50% of your income, you should be saving at least 20% of your income, and the remaining 30% is disposable. This equation is designed to make you feel more comfortable financially, but ultimately is not feasible for everyone. My only disclaimer for this blog post would be that if keeping a roof over your head and food on the table results in your fixed expenses being greater than 50% of your income, don’t sweat it, that is more important than adhering to an equation.
Limiting your fixed expenses like rent, hydro & gas, car payments, subscriptions (yes that includes Netflix) ensures that you are not biting off more than you can chew. For example, if your fixed expenses are currently over 50% of your income, take a look at your subscriptions first. Do you really need a subscription to Netflix, Shomi, CraveTV, AND Hulu? No. Pick one and watch whatever else you need to online on free streaming sites. Do you really need all of those magazine subscriptions? No. Pick one. If you can’t pick just one, give Texture a try in order to consolidate all the magazine costs.
Saving 20% of your paycheque every 2 weeks is no easy feat. HOWEVER, it is a realistic one. When I first began to save money, I was putting 50% of each paycheque into my savings account, but a week later would start taking out that money to use on things that kept adding up. Saving 50% of your income is not impossible, it’s just not realistic to do so and then still have money to spend on other things like going out with your friends. Any money that you can put into your savings is great, however, 20% is enough that over a course of a year can provide a nice cushion if something unexpected comes up like loss of employment or your car breaking down.
This is the fun part. What is the point of working majority of your life if you aren’t able to enjoy the money that you make? Go out for that nice dinner, buy that new handbag, go on that trip. Just make sure that this spending doesn’t become excessive and stays around 30% of your income. When you think about how you get to spend 10% more than you save, it makes it even more fun; that money you are saving becomes no big deal. 30% of your income is just enough to have fun, but not enough to become reckless.
Like I said at the beginning of the post, this equation is not for everybody. This equation will only benefit you if you are in a position where you are wondering how to handle money responsibly and are in a good enough financial position that you can pick and choose what to do with your money. I am by no means rolling in dough, I actually make below the welfare line in Canada, but since I still live at home, I have more freedom with my money.