Just for fun, I decided to check out my blog statistics since I stopped blogging, and oddly enough my traffic is only marginally lower than it was while I was actively blogging. So for all those of you who continue to check out the site since I ‘retired from blogging’, I thought I would do a little update.
Its been over a month now since my last post to Earth and Money. A lot has happened in the last month that has prevented me from being active on this blog – I went on an amazing honeymoon, I submitted the final draft of my thesis, I saw 7 movies at the Toronto International Film Festival, I started a great new job and moved into a terrific new apartment. And while all this was happening, to be honest, I didn’t even think about blogging. I haven’t missed it in the slightest. If anything, I’ve been more productive in many of the facets of the rest of my life in the absence of blogging. As a student, I probably put in about 2-4 hours of productive work in an average day (not including blogging). I’ve been in my new job now for 3 weeks, and I can honestly say that I am putting in a full 7-7.5 hours of productive work in an average day. What can I say, I genuinely enjoy my job. When I was student, I blogged because it was more interesting to me than studying. This is no longer the case.
So I feel obliged to put an official nail into the coffin of Earth and Money. Its been a fun journey and I learned a lot! I don’t regret any of the time and effort I put into this site in the last 6 months. But I think I’ve outgrown it and I don’t want to make it a lifestyle/career. I talked a lot about how I’m a scanner, and maybe this is just the natural next step for me, simply time to learn a new skill. I also don’t like the idea anymore of blogging anonymously. I want to share this blog with those I know and make it more personal. But due to career concerns, I’m not at a point where I feel comfortable blogging about these topics publicly. Maybe that day will come, and when it does, Earth and Money will be ready and waiting for me.
Before I leave, there are two people I want to thank. The first is Simon, at Sustainable Personal Finance. Simon was the first blogger to reach out to me and he gave me a lot of invaluable advice. Every beginning blogger should be so lucky. The second is Jeremy, at Modest Money. I said before, I always felt like Jeremy was my own personal cheerleader. He’s done amazing things with his blog considering he only started about a month before I did. It shows what you can do when you really focus your efforts.
To all those who are just now coming upon Earth and Money, please browse the material on the site. There is some great information here and I hope you can benefit from it. I will not be taking it down anytime soon as I feel that some of these articles need to be out there in the public domain.
Until next time, cherish your money, cherish your earth, cherish everything around you!
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On June 7th, I launched myself into a 9-week productivity challenge. The challenge was to complete 9 tasks in 9 weeks. I wasn’t sure that making the list would motivate me but I figured it would give me some goals for the summer. Last week marked the end of that 9 weeks, so I thought I’d take a moment to recap how I did.
- Get married with a minimal amount of stress. Result: DONE! I took her finger and I put a ring on it, on budget, in a sustainable way and with minimal stress as planned. It turned out to be one of the best days of my life!
- Finish the first draft of my thesis by mid-July. Result: DONE! It was a slog, but I finished my thesis on time, and now I defend today! Continue reading
Well folks, its official…I’m married! The wedding was absolutely perfect! Perfect weather, perfect setting, perfect guests – perfect day! We couldn’t have asked for more. Oddly enough, my fiancee-now-wife and I planned almost identical surprises for each other during our vows. If that’s not made-to-be, then I don’t know what is.
Over the last few months, I’ve posted about some of the decisions we made regarding invitations, food, the venue, guests and dishware. Now that the wedding is done, and we’ve added up all the expenses, I’m going to break it down for you and show you how we threw a green wedding for 75 people for less than $5000. In actuality, our final amount is closer to $6000, but that’s only because we received a few financial gifts in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and so I decided to buy completely new wedding attire from head to toe, and we decided to stay in a bed and breakfast the night before and after the wedding. If not for the gifts, I would have worn a suit I already had and we would have slept at home and the wedding would have cost less than $5000.
Dear Loyal Readers,
Unfortunately, as you’ve gathered in my many posts on the topic by now, wedding planning is very time consuming! We have decided to do elaborate, manual labour-intensive decorations. As a result, I have thought it best to declare Earth and Money on vacation for 2 weeks. I will return with a post on June 27th outlining my wedding budget, and how I got married for less than $5000 (hopefully).
Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you back here in two weeks!
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