Hey guys, how are you all doing today? Happy New Year to all of you! Welcome to the first post of 2019! I hope your first week has gone well.
My first week has been busy. There have been lots of jobs to do, inside and outside the house, from raking leaves, cleaning the fireplace and digging holes for the decking to be put in. There was also a pile of planks to be take upstairs in the big house.
As well as this, I’ve started to budget for the new semester. I went through a lot more money than I thought, mostly on unnecessary stuff, so I’m planning to record all my purchases and see where I can cut down. After all, my new year’s resolution is to reduce spending (a new one for me) and to be more organised (a recurring character). I’ve already bought a 2019 diary and I’m thinking of getting a filofax situation as well. I’ve been inspired by my mate Niamh’s blog post on organisation for the new year (https://indigovioletdiaries.com/2019/01/02/happy-new-year/) and the one about her new filofax (https://indigovioletdiaries.com/2019/01/04/filofax-loving-and-a-benefit-bargain/).
Another thing to help me get more organised this semester is the international students’ welcome day. I missed it last time, and I’m determined to attend this one. Because then I can meet the new students right away and find out about events off the bat. Instead of weeks later and missing stuff.
Going back to money, I know that I can really slash my spending now that the Christmas period is over and I have everything I need. I should only need to buy food and toiletries from this point on to scrape by. Even with my food shopping I can cut down drastically by buying canned food and ready meals. I hadn’t done that before, because I much prefer cooking fresh We all know that canned foods and ready meals are generally filled with preservatives and excess salt. While I can save money with my vouchers, I might be losing in the long term with my health. Plus, I genuinely enjoy cooking fresh, it’s a fun thing to do with friends or while you’re chatting. And it’s a great feeling when you manage to successfully cook a new dish.
I’m planning a few new things next semester. When I cook fresh, I want to start buying produce in the town market. Not only can I get the freshest veg, but if I visit often enough, the stall owners might recognise me as a regular customer and know what I want. I also like the idea of supporting local farmers directly rather than big corporations. I’m also looking forward to trying some of the once in a lifetime activities in the area. The ski-slopes have been open since late December, so I want to rent some skis and have a go down the mountain. Later on in the year, when the cold weather melts away, I want to try paragliding. It looks scary but exciting, and I might never have another chance to try it.
The Into Page has also been updated today, so go check it out here: www.an-introvert-abroad.com/the-into-page
I think I’ll leave this post here for today! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whichever continent and time zone you’re in! A bientôt!