TGIF: It’s Good to Be Home

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I’ve been saying it all week, but I’ll say it again: it feels so good to be home. There’s just something about crawling into your own bed at night, and listening to the sounds of your neighbourhood as you fall asleep; waking up in your own home, walking into the kitchen first thing and making a huge French press full of coffee (from Portland’s Stumptown, no less!); grocery shopping, cooking and eating food that hasn’t been prepped, cooked (deep-fried) or served by somebody else. And I’m scared to tell you how much I spent on fresh fruit this week, because it was impossible to find in New Orleans… but it’s all been delicious!

Besides the homemade food and coffee, it’s been nice to get back into a more regular routine. So far, I’ve worked out every single day this week, which has, in turn, has helped me sleep better at night. I cleaned my condo from top to bottom, decluttered and gathered up 23 more items to toss/donate this weekend. (I’m now at 417 of my 452 item goal.) I did all those things I normally hate doing, like calling doctors to make appointments and sending in benefits claims. Then I vegged out, caught up on a few shows and started reading a new book. Oh, and have I mentioned it’s been raining!? And that it was cold enough I actually turned on my fireplace two nights? This weather is exactly what I wanted to come home to.

Overall, I feel like this week has been extremely retrospective for me. While many of my friends who attended FinCon in New Orleans last week are still on an inspirational high, with a long list of goals for their blogs, I came home and had to just decompress from it all. (You might’ve gathered that from Tuesday’s post.) I have a list of new blog post ideas – some that could take me way into 2015, which is exciting – but sometimes it’s ok to just relax and not worry about’s next. It’ll all happen, eventually.

The low of my week was finding out that a very good friend of mine’s mom has the big C word. Fortunately, it looks like they caught it early… but I’m sending all my love and healthy thoughts to her. <3

The high of my week was walking all over New Orleans with Claire from ReadyForZero on Sunday morning/afternoon. After being stuck inside for the better part of two days, it was nice to explore the city with no agenda, split a muffuletta from Central Grocery (not realizing that’s where they were invented until after!) and share stories along the way. Miss you already, giiirl!

A blog post I loved was The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000 by my former editor at LearnVest, Laura Shin. If you thought my yearlong takeout coffee/shopping ban would be challenging, this story makes it seem like a breeze and validates everything I’ve experienced so far. (Also, they’re Canadian! How had I not heard of them before!?)

The best money I spent was $8 for an iced coffee + an order of beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. I ate all 3 and have zero regrets about it.

My plans this weekend include catching up on shows, reading, writing… and hopefully going for a walk or hike with my friend Kasey, if the rain holds off! Have I mentioned it’s good to be home?

How was your week, friends? What are you up to this weekend?