To my future self…

Under the Oaks blog: To my future self...

I am officially in the last year of my twenties. This post was originally titled “To my twenty-something self…” and I was struggling with writing it because I didn’t want it to be about regrets and things I should have done differently. There are plenty of those but they’re meaningless. Those decisions got me here whether I like it or not but have no bearing on how my future will turn out. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my twenties, it’s to not waste energy dwelling on the past! There are several things I could say to my younger self that are personal and unique to my story: “Don’t accept that job offer.” “Make the effort to stay in touch with that one friend” “Spend your money on a trip home instead of that meaningless whatever”. There are several things I could say that are pretty general and would apply to most people’s stories. This post is different and the fact that I’ve decided to dedicate this post to my future self says volumes about how far I’ve come in my twenties and how the last year of this decade will [hopefully] play out.

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Happy Easter! Have a joyful week.

Under the Oaks blog: Have a joyful week.

Every 11 years, Easter falls on my birthday. This year is one of those years. It also happened on my 18th birthday and will happen on my 40th. If things go as planned, this year will be pretty significant, a year of new beginnings, big achievements, and personal growth. Easter is my favorite holiday, especially when it happens on my birthday, so today is pretty epic in my book.

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April Book Recommendation : Modern Manners


Today’s story review brought to you by a childhood story of my own:

Since a very young age I’ve been fascinated with the Royal family. I had my lone Prince William poster, was devastated when I heard of Princess Diana’s passing [and remember exactly where I was and what I was doing], and focused a lot of my high school projects around the history of the family.

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Money Saving Apps

Under the Oaks : Money Saving Apps Happy Tax Day [as said in the most unexcited tone]. Good news, I finished my taxes shortly after completing Sunday’s post. Bad news, my bank account and it’s owner feel equally sad.

I take pride in my ability to be thrifty in absolutely everything. When I put forth the effort to do so, I can really save some money. After this year’s taxing debacle I’m really going to make a true effort to make back that money via thriftiness.

I love my coupons, the hunt in a thrift store, and combining multiple saving opportunities together to make one big saving [i.e. manufacturer coupons, store coupons, store discount card, etc.]. In fact, I probably could start a series on here all about saving money and would never run out of new ideas. Recently I was introduced to a couple of money saving apps that I’ve really been intrigued by. Continue reading