Unplugging and Getting Back Into the Groove

unplugged walk in the woodsIt wasn’t planned, but this past weekend turned out to be the perfect time to unplug from the Internet for a few days.

We had beautiful Spring weather, and it simply had to be enjoyed!  On Saturday, we went to a state park for a stroll.  Nothing soothes my soul like a walk in the woods.

Then we worked on our garden- we’re trying to grow some vegetables and herbs after last year’s failed attempt (we started too late in the season).  By the time evening rolled around, I was too beat to even turn on the computer.

On Sunday, we had family over for our daughter’s 3rd birthday.  It was nice to be unplugged for a bit, but now it’s back to the grind!

I had my first guest post on another personal finance blog last week.  In case you missed it, please check out my post on VOSA.com:

The 4 Biggest Lessons I Learned from Student Loan Debt

I’m glad that I was able to share my experience, and hopefully, encourage others who are in debt by showing them that it is possible to reach the finish line.  It can be a long journey, but with hard work and focus, you will get there!

I also have a new post up on Travel Blue Book about my hometown, Philly.  Please check out my post:

5 Must-See Sights in Philadelphia


On the financial front, things are starting to calm down.

In March, it felt like our bank account had an unstoppable leak, and April started off just the same.  Now that we have our car situation all straightened out, the budget should be getting back to normal.

I hate it when spending seems to get out of control, and you don’t even know where the money went.  It’s time to buckle down and stick to our budget, and perhaps reassess where our money is going each month.  We need to start looking at longer-term goals and making a plan for achieving them.

Quick Alexa Rank Update: My ranking continues to improve.  I’m now at 133,020.  Hoping to get below 100,000 by the end of the month.

So, how was your weekend?  Have you ever unplugged for a few days?

10 comments on “Unplugging and Getting Back Into the Groove

  • Michael@Save-Invest-Grow , Direct link to comment

    For me, being able to unplug is crucial. If I can take some time to just clear my head, I’m so much more effective. I enjoy gardening too, but we’re still not ready to plant in my area yet. It may be another month yet! Nice work on the guest post!

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Thank you Michael! I think we have jumped the gun with our garden- a cold blast hit us today and there’s a freeze warning in effect. Hoping our plants survive!

  • Jen @Sprout Wealth , Direct link to comment

    What a way to unplug from the modern touch of the world called the Internet! Your time spent outdoors sure sounded like such a great time. I read your post on Vosa.com. People should be glad that they get to read inspiring stories such as yours. They tell that getting out of debts is not impossible if only they really get to work on it. Keep the posts coming and will look forward to reading more. 🙂

  • Derek @ MoneyAhoy , Direct link to comment

    Sounds like you had a nice day in the woods. I also enjoy those walks where you can let everything decompress. I know the stress that “car situations” can bring, and I’m glad you made it through that process in one piece 🙂

  • John @ Frugal Rules , Direct link to comment

    Sounds like you had a great weekend and Happy birthday to your daughter! We had 82 degree weather on Saturday and then freezing rain/snow on Sunday, and they’re calling for that all week – it’s crazy. The last I truly unplugged was a couple of months ago when we went to Vegas. I ended up just giving me phone to my wife so I wouldn’t be tempted to get on it – it was great!

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Thanks John! We’re supposed to get a cold snap here tonight, too. Stinks after we had such a beautiful weekend.

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