If it's Free, What's Not to Like?

Hi everyone! I apologize for my recent hiatus. You know the feeling you get when you know that you have a full inbox and a ton of emails to respond to, and it just keeps building up? Then when you think about how many emails you have, you just want to crawl in a corner and forget about it? I felt like that same feeling every time I thought about my blog.

But I finally logged onto my site today and remembered why I started this blog...and what is has done for me. It's kept me on track and it's kept me accountable. There is no way I want to give it up. I've been so stressed out with school but I'm realizing that I can't keep my emotions bottled up or I will just resort to stressing out even more. Writing things out doesn't cost me anything, in fact, it benefits me! The title of this post says it all - writing is free and it's something that is important to me. Blogging is not a burden to me because I love to write. It helps me so much to write my thoughts out, and I've been needing an outlet since I began this new journey.

I have so much to write about but I won't unload all of my thoughts into this one post but prepare for a little bit of everything!

School has taken over my life - I'm at school everyday from 9am until 5pm and then I read from 6pm until 3am, sometimes 2am if I am lucky. Adjusting to everything is still so difficult. I haven't had time to hang out with family, friends, or even work out. I must get on a regular workout schedule again. There's so much I want to do, yet I'm working so hard just to stay afloat with homework. I'll write another post soon about why law school is so different and why it's so stressful.

Here's a glimpse...
The good thing about being stressed out and busy with school is that I haven't had time to properly think about shopping. I did make 2 kind of large purchases since moving here though...gotta 'fess up! I bought a Longchamp tote in slate (loving it so far!) for school, and I just ordered some Sperry topsiders last night in the Angelfish style. I needed some comfortable flats to wear to class because ballet flats and flip-flops are just not cutting it with the 50lbs of books I carry everyday.

Longchamp tote - large in slate (via)

Sperrys (via)

I also paid my first interest payment the other day! I make about $330 every 2 weeks from working my 8 hours a week so paying $123 a month is not bad at all. I mentioned in a tweet before that I was stressed out with working and that I wanted to quit. However, the additional income is worth it to me and I think I was just having trouble transitioning the first 2 weeks to the workload. I'm pretty sure I want to keep working my measly 8 hours a week just to give myself some spending money and to pay off the interest on my student loans.

I also went and got my hair done yesterday at my hairdresser who I haven't seen in awhile, but she's been my hairdresser since I was about 12. It's funny how a visit to the salon can make you feel instantly better. My hair was a mess! I got my hair dyed darker now (almost back to my natural hair color) and I don't look so disheveled now...back to looking like a normal person again. This is why I definitely want to keep my job. You never know when you could use a pick me up, especially when life is so busy. You need to be able to keep yourself sane.

That's pretty much it with my updates on my finances. Nothing has changed, except I do miss the larger paychecks and the ability to spend more freely. However I appreciate that my parents let me live at home rent-free and that I barely have to spend on food. I always eat at home and guess what, I haven't even gone to Starbucks since I moved here! I used to go to Starbucks more than twice a week when I was working.

Since it's a new month, I wanted to let you know I was all alive and the future plans for this blog. It's not dying and I'm not going anywhere! My goals are to write more consistently (whether it's about life, school, finances, shopping, etc.), stay on top of reading for school, and to keep my stress level at a minimum. Hope you are all having a good start to the new month!


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