Saving for Travel

I have a few hours to kill before I gotta work so I thought I’d note down how I’m saving a bit here and there to save up for future travels.  There are so many places I wanna go and so many things I want to do all over the world, but I haven’t really made it a priority until recently because I’ve been letting myself get distracted by unimportant everyday things.  So many of these small everyday things cost only a bit of money, but at the end of each day/month they add up.  I don’t have a huge helpful list, but I think just sticking to a few of these things go a long way.

Cut down on Coffee/café drinks
One of my biggest loves in life are cafés, and a lot of the time I would go out just to go to one.  Most of the time though it was during lunch breaks and shopping that I would spend $3 – $5, even a few times a day for hot drinks.  Each week that would often reach $30.  I wouldn’t even need a buzz (cos for some reason caffeine doesn’t work on me), and nearly everyday I’d already had a coffee/tea at home. I also had free drinks at work.  So really I just went for the sake of buying it and using up a ridiculous amount of coffee cards, which I still collect from new cafes at least once a month.  Where I work/live the drinks are kind of expensive for what you get, and the Chocs and Chais can be even more than the coffees.  So telling myself I don’t need to spend those few extra dollars each day is still a little hard, but it’s working.

Clothes!!! (& beauty stuff)
What typical girly girl in love with clothing and fashion doesn’t enjoy expanding her wardrobe each week?  It’s quite hard to avoid, especially on my days off.  But luckily for me I tend to get sick of shops every now and then, and I’m not a fan of online shopping.  Also, I’m not in walking distance to any big malls where I work/live.  So this one is a little easier to avoid, but when I’m there, well I just hope I don’t find something I fall in love with at first sight.  When I’m lucky, this saves me at least $50 a week.  If I add art and craft supplies to the mix it definitely goes up about $20.

Taxis/Ubers
I don’t drive myself so where most of my transport money goes to is taxi/uber rides.  Umm, really it’s just me being less lazy, having better time management, and only using these services when I really need to. For example, when I’ve somehow missed 534 alarms, and I have to be at work in half an hour. I also live a decent way from work, so some weeks it would have reached $60, and every other week just 10 less. So this one is quite big.   I also got a bike to save and get some daily exercise in. Instead of spending nearly $10 just to catch a train, I can get up off my weak ass and bike for 10 minutes while saving another bit of cash. This also goes for the taxis/ubers home.  I will only spend on a lift home if I really can’t be bothered and want to lie in bed asap.

Pointless little shit for my home/room
Nearly every time I go to get something I do need, I end up walking through all the isles with nice new useful looking stuff.  But honestly I already have something at home which is doing the job, or it’s really not that useful at all.  I studied some business and marketing, so It’s not too hard to convince myself that I don’t need that crap, but it still takes effort.  This could be anywhere from $10 to $50 a week.

There are more things, but these are my main general ways of saving that I actually have to make an effort with everyday.  I am improving, and I think these could apply for anything else I save for in the future. Also, something tell myself with these things is, instead of buying ‘this’ here, I could wait and buy ‘this’ overseas instead! This works for me 80% of the time when I’m unable to tell myself no. Well good luck to me.

 

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Pictures are of a Byron Bay sunrise. I spent a week there the last time during a semester break.

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It’s been 2 months!?

Holy heck this Saturday will be the last class of the fashion course I began at the start of May.  The past several weeks have just flown by so fast that I can’t believe it’s basically already finished.  For my last ‘class’  I have to use a pattern of my own choosing and sew a garment there.  I haven’t chosen what I want yet, but I have a few to pick from.  Also I only have tomorrow (later today, it’s 1.30am right now) to prepare!  To chose the pattern, or buy it even, chose and buy fabric and materials to match, and pre-cut it all. I don’t have too many distractions at the moment so I should be able to get it done, but I say this to myself about everything, every night -.-  I hope I can make up my mind, get it done, and move on to other related things.

This course has been pretty much what I expected.  I started it to get an idea for what the industry might be like, and what it might be like to study it long term as well.  I’ve also received lots of information on either starting up a business/label straight away, or bits and pieces to start a portfolio for further study.  Although the business side of things is tempting, I would prefer to do further study.  One thing though, we received lots of info, but it was a very generic overview because it was just 8 weeks. It is what I wanted though and now It’s up to me to make what I can from it.

Another thing, I’m traveling in 2 months, and some longer courses I want to apply for open just before I leave.  So I have to come up with somethings in about a months time. I’m not sure how I will pull that off, but I know I’m quite okay under pressure, probably more motivated too.

 

Note: I watched this whole silent film starring Lillian Gish and the costumes are so inspiring!  The picture is her in a wedding night dress robe. Also, the movie was very emotionally engaging. Tragic but sort of a happy decent ending.  🙂

Fashion Course

I’ve recently started a short course in fashion design, and currently in my second week.  I’m not sure what it will get me in the end, but there’s definitely a lot of homework to do.  The tutor has a rather sensitive personality, which is alright and something I can kind of relate to.  She seems to have a pretty good background in the industry and knows a whole lot about where to start and get things done.  Hopefully I will not be a lazy mothefucka and use this all to my advantage ♥.

The homework is not checked, but definitely has to be done in order to get something out of this course.  You can get creative, come to class, and get feedback from the experts.  I spent about 10 hours on the first weeks homework, and looking at this weeks sheet, it looks like I’ll be spending even more time on it.  Which is totally fine by me because it’s the kind of homework I’ve always dreamed of.  Second week and I’m already trying to make a whole portfolio on a theme or inspiration.  I’m super excited with what I’ll come up with.

I’m also thinking more about the future again.  I know for sure I want to do a longer course in a different city for a challenge.  But there’s so many ways to go about getting things done, and making decisions have never been a smooth task for me.  It’s always a mix of money, business, connections, environment, future work ops, etc.  Hopefully I’ll stick with a decision or find a way to get a few things done and not stress out too much.

Good luck to me.

note – picture of lil kim in ’96, totally how I feel each time I rock up to class. ♥

 

Dawn of a New Day

The first post on my new blog. How exciting! I’ve had a few other blogs in the past but I haven’t touched them in years, and so many things have changed since I made them last when I was a teen. I’m now in my 20s, don’t feel too different but I’m trying to get things done in life more than ever.

I tend to make really casual unedited posts, but I will try to make more of an effort this time round.  I’m hoping to post frequently about anything and everything!  But my biggest motivation to get this new blog up was to have a space to type whatever I wanted about fashion, travel , and a few other things in my life.

Anyways, to whoever passes by, if you can relate to anything I put up somehow I hope you return 🙂

 

Notes:
Picture is of a himalayan predawn sky.
Listening to – CCR Hideaway; Drake Passionfruit.