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Perfect State

August 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in being, gratitude

With my parents coming in less than two weeks, Dave and I are trying to clean the house as much as we can. We’re re-arranging furniture, throwing old things out, recycling what can be recycled, and possibly even buying new furniture. I’ve had my eyes set on getting one of those audio racks because our music collection is starting to get out of control. We have CDs randomly dispersed around the house and it’s hard for me to find any particular album to play immediately.

What’s important is that we make this house a home, and it is indeed a home. It is filled with baby gurgles and laughs and baby talk and lullabies and family noises. It is perfect in whatever state it is (minus the many loads of dirty laundry that always needs to be done all the time).

Humble Hippie

August 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in being

How amazing that life has become so simple yet so satisfying these days. My days are very predictable — feed baby, burp baby, change baby — and yet it is so incredibly lovely and wonderful. The first month was hard, I’ll give you that. But now, it seems like I can’t remember what it was like pre-baby. With a baby taking over your whole life, you end up really prioritizing your free time. And right now, my free time is entirely spent on the computer. Haha. Not much new there. I just find it rather amusing.

Even priorities that concern the self have changed as well. I don’t really take mind about what I’m wearing these days or how I look (which isn’t really far from the past, haha). I do notice certain things changing (like how much weight I’m losing exponentially, without even the help of the average diet pills), but they’ve ceased to be of much importance to me.

I suppose, what I’m trying to say is… pregnancy and motherhood have made me even more of a humble hippie. Heh.

Financial IQ

August 15th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

Do you know what your BillsIQ is? I think as far as my life is concerned, my bill IQ has changed depending on what lifestyle I’m leading and what phase of life I’m in. When I was in college, I had a really hard time managing money, and found myself in several different small (albeit still stressful) financial disasters, all of which concerned overspending and credit card debts. I had to ask my parents for assistance many times because of the mistakes I made, and thank goodness they were in the position to be able to help me. Now, I’m a lot smarter about my money and my spending, and know how to save a lot more readily. It’s hard when you’re put out there on your own for the first time, and all you want to do is enjoy that freedom — having your own money without anyone telling you how to spend it is a dangerous thing if you’re not as prepared as you should be. Some mistakes last a lifetime (I hear of people owing hundreds of thousands of dollars well into their old age because of the crap they bought and accumulated before they even hit 25 years old), while others only take a few years to fix. I hope I am never in the position to be in another financial disaster ever again. But if I do, at least I know there are places out there to help me understand money better and how to cope with it.

A Simple Home

August 12th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

One of the things I’ve been very grateful for during these last few weeks after bringing Lily Bean home is a simple household. I’m not one to crave living in a mansion with lots of bedrooms, bathrooms, and a theatre complete with home theater seating. I like things simple. I realized how very simple I like things when we brought the baby home… it makes life a lot more manageable, especially with having to look after a newborn baby. I like that I can clean the house in under an hour. I like that it doesn’t take a week to vacuum the whole house. I like that I don’t have much to dust to keep surfaces clean. I like all that. So, I’m entirely grateful for my simple needs, and our simple home.