Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thought Provoking Tuesday


I am back again following on the coattails of one of my favorite bloggers Martha, from Quick, Cheap & Pretty I am going to do a weekly round up of some "thought provoking" questions.  These questions come from Marcandangel.com (a blog with practical tips for productive living!).  Martha answers a question everyday and so far I have thought they were very thought provoking!  I'm just going to do mine weekly, so here we go!

  1. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?  oh this makes me laugh... this is the thing - for the most part I "get" life, my parents raised me in a pretty brutally honest way.  I have worked since I was 11 ( babysitting 5 days a week for a family with 3 kids - which seems insane to me now)  I have been balancing a check book since 14, doing my own taxes since 16, and I lived on my own by 17.  But there was a time in my 20's when I could not keep my financial business together for the life of me.  This is before everyone had the internet at home and you could do banking online.  The bills were piling up, I got laid-off, I had student loans. I didn't have a car because I didn't need one for the job I got laid-off from and they "told me" I couldn't get unemployment when I was laid-off but that wasn't true.  So getting another job I could walk , or bus to was a challenge.  It was bad and I ended spending 5 years and a lot of tears cleaning up that mess.  But I learned a lot and now I can budget like a rock star and always have an emergency nest egg.

2. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? 5 years ago I was actually working a great job...but it had no upward mobility and I had to work a minimum of 58 hours a week (I usually worked closer to 65).  I wish I had looked ahead and though what do I want to be doing in 5 years and how can I use this to my advantage?  I just worked that job until 2 1/2 years ago when I finally just got burnt out.  Then I was like oh I'll get a fun job!  But that wasn't what I wanted so it took me another year to get on the right path.  It's important to always be looking a few years ahead!

3. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?  I ask lots and lots of questions.  If you look at the history of my Google browser it's like "what's the population of Romania?" "what is dropsy?" "who are the images at the beginning of Orange is the New Black?"  I need to know everything!  At work I don't care if it has to do with my job or not I want to understand things.  I went back to school to get my MBA at 34 - so yes I ask questions!

4. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?  I'm kind of cold hearted. Seriously.  I love my boyfriend and I love my cats.  What do I do about it?  I try to treat them with all the love, respect and loyalty I have.  I think they would say I do a good job.

So those are my thoughts ... share yours with me!



    1. Yes!! That is great advice about always having a nest egg. I've had to fall back on mine a few times when I didn't think I would ever need to.

    2. I'm terrible with budgeting because I like getting what I want. The good thing is I always find a way to figure things out in tough situations because I can adapt.
      I can't imagine working more than 40 hrs a week. Kudos for those who work so hard and working two jobs...you guys make me look weak.

      1. I could work that much because I didn't have a life! You have a family so you work like a 100 hours - you ate in no way weak!

    3. I love your thoughts on having a nest egg and looking ahead to the future. I really try to think a few years down the road instead of just "living for the now". I think you can get into a lot of trouble that way!

      I Google things constantly too! My search browser is crazy. But I love to learn! And I feel so blessed to live in a country where I have that freedom, and I don't have crazy censorship barring my way or restrictions on learning because of my gender.