Friday, December 20, 2013

I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure...

If you know me personally, you'd know I'm an extremely logical person. I don't exactly err to my emotional side on the regular. But lately, I've been feeling really lost. I'm 28. I have financial goals, a decent career, and someone I know I can count on until the end of my days. But I find myself debating what I want to do next. As I told a friend recently, I went to college to open some doors to new opportunities. But now that I'm older and wiser to the truth that you really truly can do anything; I struggle with the idea that there are so many options/doors, I don't know which one to walk through.

I don't want to be in debt anymore and that's really important to me. I want to finally marry the man that loves me seemingly unconditionally; since nothing I've said has chased him off yet. I want to eventually give that man the children he's always wanted. I want to help my family and I want to see the world.

I do well enough to pick a few of these items but not all of them. How do people do it? How do they make a decision about the direction of their lives?

In my experience, your life is what you make of it. I've never been the type of person to believe that anything is out of anyone's reach so long as they wanted it bad enough to work hard for it - at least that's what my parents stressed to my siblings and I when we were kids (Like no joke - to the point that we could recite their speech once they started in on it).

So it leads me to question, why would I doubt any decision I make? Because surely if I can do anything and everything through Him who gives me strength, isn't any decision I make the right one?

Right?

........Riiiiiiight? ha ha.

No seriously- right?

Any who- I came across an article that I found to be inspirational and a bit insightful, with tips and opinions on marriage and life. I thought I'd share to inspire you too:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2013/10/09/relationships_great_tips_for_staying_married.html


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Number 48. Find out my blood type

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So for Christmas, one of my very best friends did me a solid and encouraged me to get back to this list of mine, which I had mentioned to her that I was feeling defeated about. Part of her Christmas gift to me was a blood type test. A home kit, no less.


I absolutely love it! Odd really, loving something so obscure but that's Tab's style. Random in her perfection.

She warned me it would hurt some doing the finger prick part otherwise I would have whipped out the kit and bloodied my hand right there in her living room. I was so excited. But instead I waited a few weeks (building up courage, of course. I'm kinda a wimp when it comes to needles, no matter what the size.) Who knew they even made home kits for this, any way??

Any ways, I've done the test and I'm O+!!

Had Rajeev take some pics while my doctor (read: Rakesh) administered the home exam.

So with my motivation restored thanks to my bestie, Number 48 is checked off my list! Yay!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: RABDARGAB!

Everyone who's anyone knows RABDARGAB.

(Not to worry, if you're not in the "cool club" I'll enlighten you...)

Back in the 90's, the Houston Independent School District ran the RABDARGAB campaign in attempts to raise literacy in elementary age children in the Houston area. The deal was pretty straight forward:  Read A Book, Do A Report, Get A Buck. Thus, RABDARGAB was born.

I read a book so here's my dollar-making post ("report"):

I read "Do More, Spend Less" by Brad Wilson, Owner of Bradsdeals.com. (A cool little discount website that if you haven't tried I highly recommend.)

So back to the book- if you ask me it could use a little editing down on the "look what I can do/did" of giving examples of his marvelous trips. Other than that it was otherwise an eye-opening book chalked full of ideas and useful online tools for fixing credit scores, using rewards credit cards to rack up free trips, hotel stays and cash back. It was an excellent book for a newbie. Of course, like anything that totally enraptures me it set me off on an non-stop almost obsessive search for more in depth details and how-to's on improving my credit ratings.If you're looking for something to read for a little bit of "learning something new" I recommend this book and then I suggest you check out extrapackofpeanuts.com if you just have to know more.

Fairly straight forward and to the point, and not very much like a book report; yes, I know, but I just had to share this book with you. It's a good read for the newly financially-focused individuals out there.

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming....

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hello, 2013!!!

So as usual its been forever and a day since I've posted so I thought I'd take a sec and come by to update 'cha!

With the passing of 2012, we say goodbye to a lot of things: a place a lot of people all called home (if not currently then at some point in history), along with any and all doubt that we are extremely blessed people; the Bush tax cuts- (I just received the first paycheck of 2013 and I'm still a little irked); and with any luck, we also say goodbye to bad financial habits and poor planning in our household.

In the time since I last posted my in-laws' home of 30 years has burned to the ground. With no home owners insurance, there have been some real trying times. Two of Rakesh's younger siblings endured 2nd and 3rd degree burns. While the healing continues, we have had a non-stop out-pour of love and support that has been indescribable. From strangers to close family friends and cousins across this planet, we have been sent money, clothes, food and an un-Godly amount of cupcakes! Some handful of family friends submitted the family to a Gallery Furniture Giveaway Contest and Rakesh's parents actually won a houseful of furniture just before Christmas!

On our own personal home front, we have made a new year's resolution as a couple to be more proactive with our financials. We are attempting to do more with less. I've picked up a book and hope to be making some changes to how we spend our money so that we are making a bigger dent in the student loan debt and putting more equity into our home whilst managing not to starve to death simultaneously. It's doable its just going to take a more conscious effort on our part.

Wish us luck!