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10 Budgeting Hacks You Can Start… Like Now

Budgeting hacks that I use to save money that you can also start doing, now!  Don’t spend money you don’t have. Use your credit card to build credit not to put yourself in debt. You should be able to pay the balance at the end of every month. Might sound basic, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown out rational because I was in dire need of caffeine or I was craving some pizza. Be sustainable. Find reusable options for products you use consistently. For example, I love my reusable storage bags and cotton rounds. Also, you could implement habits such as meal planning, so you are less likely to impulsively stop for fast food and you’ll have a list of what you need when you’re shopping. That way you don’t wander around the aisles aimlessly and you’re less likely to buy food that will go bad.…

Beginner’s Guide to Budgeting

Everything you  need to know about budgeting but were never taught and now you have no idea what’s going on.  If we are being honest, talking about money, personal finances, or budgeting can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. If I could, I’d probably avoid these topics and just pretend like everything is fine. Then, I would quietly freak out at the mention of retirement funds, investing, interest rates, and so on. Is it not good enough that I’ve managed to keep myself alive this long? Anyway, I’ve taken on the challenge of breaking things down so we can stop panicking and get our sh*t together. Let’s get started! Step 1: Choose a budgeting method that works for you. Apps like Mint. This specific app lets me see everything in one place for free like my credit cards, loans, investments, credit card score, and the amount of money I actually have. Traditional Budget:…

A Lengthy Monologue

A journey of resilience and self-discovery that ultimately led me to realize that I need more of all that… and some. Hello world, Anyone else out there trying to get their life together during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC and a movement for political and societal change? If not, that’s cool and I’ll continue to just sit over here contemplating whether I should organize my bookshelf based on color, genre, or author, inevitably leading to a mini melt down from having too many options and realizing that it never really mattered in the first place. I’m thriving. Seriously though, at the beginning of every week, I think about what my priority, goal, or objective will be and get a sense of how I’m going to do it. Let me tell you, during the breaks I take from sleeping or binge-watching shows, I have managed to accomplish quite a bit. Plus, I watched…

Setting Class Rules

Hello World, Setting rules can sometimes seem difficult and enforcing them can feel even more challenging. As a new teacher, I struggled with crafting rules, managing my classes, being consistent, and if I’m being honest, many, many other aspects of the role. During my first year of teaching, I worked with the same two classes and had multiple subjects with them. I was fortunate because I was able to nurture better relationships and meet each students’ individual needs. They were naturally well behaved and patient as I figured out my teaching style. The next year, I moved to another school where I taught five different Grade 8 classes that each had 50 students in them and their ages ranged from 13 – 21*. I learned quickly that if I didn’t develop a good classroom management plan and put energy into implementing it at the beginning of the school year, I…

Five Tips for the First Day of School

Hello world, As a new teacher (especially TEFL educators), the first day of school can be pretty daunting. I had no idea what to do, but my biggest words of advice now are 1) be ready to actively learn through experience, 2) be patient with yourself and your students as you go through this together, and 3) whatever you do, try to be consistent. If there are hiccups, let them inform your teaching moving forward. Maybe you come to find that the attention getter or hand signal you were trying to implement didn’t work in a class. Maybe it takes a little longer for students to get that routine or procedure down for turning in papers. Whatever it is, keep going forward, reflect as you do, and celebrate the little successes. With all that said, here are my tips to help make the first day(s) of school something you and your kids can look…

Note to readers…

Hello world, I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my blog. I wanted to use it as a platform to share my experience, but it ended up becoming a source of anxiety. Before joining Peace Corps, I was told I would have so much free time and I’d have so many opportunities to get in touch with myself, reflect, do whatever it is people do when they have a lot of free time while going off the grid. I didn’t realise that everyone’s experiences in Peace Corps are different and we get to choose how we use our time and what we invest our energy in. So once I arrived at site and started getting involved in projects, I began to feel overwhelmed with my responsibilities and the unwavering mentality that I was failing to keep up with everything on my plate thus resulting in my own personal…

My Ideal Packing List for Peace Corps Namibia

Hi everyone, This post is to give suggestions for those who have been accepted into Peace Corps Namibia and are beginning to pack for service here. There are some things I wish I had known before coming to Namibia. First, you can buy just about everything you need  here, such as: shampoo and conditioner (Treseme, Pantene, John Frieda are some examples), contact solution (Opti Free, Renu, Biotrue, and Clean Care), Q-tips, clothes (especially in Windhoek and other towns), etc. Also, in regards to anything medical, you can get most things from PCMO, like sunscreen (not waterproof), floss, condoms, mosquito repellant, chapstick, bandaids, vitamins, etc.  Also, the water here is pretty okay to drink, but Peace Corps still provides water filters and iodine tablets (useful if you are hiking Fish River). They also provide a mosquito net and a green trunk that can be locked. You can get everything you really need…

10 Things You Need to Know About Doing PC in Namibia

I arrived in Namibia during mid-August and have learned so much in the short amount of time I have lived here. I have completed my training, become an official volunteer, moved to site, and began teaching. Here’s a list of a few things I have picked up along the way: You must greet everyone! Namibians actually stop to say hello and greet one another rather than just casually smiling and waving. If you greet in the local language, many people will just be impressed that you are trying to learn their language. This will help with integrating with your colleagues and at site. You will eat a lot of meat and carbs. No meal is complete without meat and a salad will almost always have mayo and sugar in it. For anyone living in the region of Kavango, fish and pap is a favourite and will become yours. Training will…