Mellow Monday! Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

I was looking through my blog posts and can see its 8 days shy of a year since I last posted a Mellow Monday segment. I really enjoy making these posts as I’ve been told I have an eclectic music taste because I literally listen to everything – I’m being serious when I say that, not like some people that use it as way to seem interesting. I also really like sharing with you songs I have a genuine connection with and I know I’ve been extremely lax with my posting. I’m going to switch it up a bit this year and have it as a bi-weekly Monday post in the hope it will push me to post more.

So this weeks song is Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin. Not a new song but something I listen to quite frequently. A friend of mine in secondary school introduced me to the band and I’ve been a fan since. I hope you enjoy this song and look into some of their other songs. I struggled between choosing this song or Dance with the Devil, another favourite of mine but settled with this one.

I have a few posts lined up too so see you then.

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Friends with my sofa and some books

The cows have no relation to the post, I just remember taking this 3 years ago. They’re cute.

So this post is somewhat impromptu. I’ve been working on posts to a schedule I drafted up and so far so good. However I’m stuck in my house in a lot of pain and this is one of the only things I can do without exerting too much energy.

In short, I’m pretty much dipped health wise. I had an operation last night so I’m just wallowing on my sofa right now. Day time television has fried my brain and I’ve taken to counting ceiling spots.

Let’s not talk about it too much before I start overthinking it again. So I thought I would tell you about a few of the books I’m reading or will be reading this month.

First on the block is Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I can easily say it’s an interesting book but not one for everyone. I received this book from Blind Date With a Book and the hints on the cover confused me greatly whilst trying to decipher what it could be – normally I have an idea on what book it is but I stood there for a solid 10 minutes like eh? This might be one I can squeeze a review from but I’ll see how I’ve taken to it by the end.

After that I’ll probably try to crack on with The Muse by Jessie Burton. This is a recommendation from my grandma again and if it follows suit from the last book she gave me to read, I look to be very impressed. I know this is going to sound sappy but I’m glad I found a common ground with my grandparents because up until this point we don’t really share any hobbies or opinions. Dinners and days with them would always be a smidge awkward because I would try to engage in conversation but end up clueless eventually on the topic.

3rd book for the month will be Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. Considering I’ve had this series of books for about 3 years now, I’ve only completed the first novel. It’s not because I didn’t like the first book, far from it, it’s just I get distracted very easily. Like I mentioned in my 2019 resolutions, I have the attention span of a goldfish, so I’m always buying new things and forgetting what I already have. My dad has completed the series and said it’s very good so here’s hoping I can crack this.

The 4th book I hope to get through this January is Home by Matt Dunn. I went through a binge of his books last year and read four in a row around March time but never got round to reading this one. I found his other books very sweet and easy going to read.

And the last book I’m going to hopefully read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Like wise with the above I went on a complete reading spree of the series but stopped after the 4th one. I needed a bit of a break and to try something different so I momentarily paused my run through, but never did pick it back up. With three books left in the series, notably the longer ones, I’m hoping to get through these throughout the year.

I did some maths when it came to trying to complete my reading goal this year and feel 5 books a month is a good target. I read every morning and evening on my journey to a from work, I read in the evenings before dinner and I read over the weekend if I have no plans. And 5 is the kind of number where you can read more quite easily so let’s hope I stay on track.

As I mentioned at the beginning, because I’m not very well right now so reading and knitting are my only vices.

I’ll probably do another update next month with my reads for then and let you know if I managed to get through this lot.

Let’s just be honest for a second – I think I’m addicted to spending

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I initially started writing this post January last year with the fact that I am addicted to spending money. I will find ways to buy things that I don’t need, or I will bulk by things unnecessarily. I have at least 100 books idling around the house that I am yet to read, notebooks upon notebooks completely blank, clothes I don’t even think could fit me when I bought them, card games I’ve never played, video games still in the wrapping – I think you’ve got the jist.

So one of the things I wanted to work on this year as mentioned in my 2019 thing’s to accomplish, was to ‘Be in less debt’. I’m not saying money is magically going to appear in my account, clearing all my debt, nor am I suggesting I become a sugar baby. But I did work up a finance plan with the help of a good friend, in how to cut my debt down substantially within the year. I realised that for my age I have way to much personal debt, this isn’t even student debt like most others.

I literally trawled through hundreds of YouTube videos, Pinterest pages and blogs to find the solution for me. I was up until 2am a couple of months ago and I finally settled on a plan that I think, well more hope, I will stick to. It’s like the love child of David Ramsey’s Debt Snowball with a mix of different trackers and budgeting. I won’t complete the whole programme David created, only because I have methods of saving I intend to use once this is sorted.  

Folders, upon folders, upon folders; organisation is key!

So as you can see from the above, I have organised my shit to a T! I’m quite proud, although I did spend money on all the things you see in the above – except the sticky notes and plastic sheet things! I had a binge of buying them a while ago, so they have finally come into play. Well done Rachel from 7 months ago, you did good. I have three folders; Work related things, All documents relating to accounts I have (past and present), and my Debt trackers. I know it seems a bit excessive but my brain works in the same patterns; filing things away, sectioning them and then sub sectioning again.

I think my main focus is to work off the credit card debt first, and once that is sorted, move onto saving to pay off my loan – the loan is a weird one, I’d rather chuck a bulk amount at it then figure out how to pay more every month haha.

What I will do, is write up a run down every three to four months to show my progress. As you can see I didn’t include any figures, only because its borderline embarrassing and at this present moment I’m in the most comfy position on my bed to get my folder.

Catch you guys soon, hopefully with less debt on my name XD