Photography by Lauren Mazzotta
It’s that time again and we’re back with some suggestions on things that we think you should check out this month—from books and articles, to movies, podcasts and more! Spring is on it’s way, and what makes you feel more seasonal than sitting with the windows open reading a great book or listening to a new album or podcast? Not much, so here we go!
*this is not a sponsored post, I’m just very excited about it!*
Budgeting. Ugh, I know. It’s overwhelming, tedious, or easy to ignore. But, if you can stick to budgeting, taking control of your finances will help you to spend more intentionally. This way, you can adjust for any unexpected purchases, save for large expenses, and also try to avoid ending up in a tight spot.
Our very first SLS monthly challenge was on budgeting. It was a great way for each of us to experiment with different methods. But at least for me, the app I tried didn’t end up being a good fit. I went back to my old Excel spreadsheet, but since it required me to enter and categorize all of my spending manually, it was easy for me to put on the back burner.
This January, I decided to test out some other budgeting apps that would help automate the process and keep me on top of my finances. One quickly became my favorite—it has totally changed my perspective on budgeting and is helping me improve my spending habits!
It’s Valentine’s Day! You might associate this holiday with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, fancy dinners, gifts, and romantic relationships. And that’s fine if you enjoy it! But there are also plenty of ways to express love outside of that mold.
This year, we thought we’d share some simple ideas about how to show others that you care about them, as well as how to show yourself some love and kindness.
Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Each month, we highlight different media that we've enjoyed. Here are our suggestions for February!
Even if you don’t totally subscribe to the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, you have to admit that the turn of the new year is a convenient time to set goals. It makes it easier to measure your progress, if nothing else!
Around this time last year, we talked about how to actually keep your New Year’s Resolution—how to set yourself up to achieve your goals (and to help determine if those goals are realistic). We also discussed why it’s important to practice self-compassion while working towards your goals. If you missed these posts (or if you could use a refresher), you might want to check them out when considering your resolutions!
We recently reviewed our resolutions for 2017, and have been thinking about what changes we’d like to make in our lives this year. It can be hard to keep track of and work on a list of multiple personal goals, so we’ve each chosen a single goal to prioritize. If you do want to work on several things this year, that’s awesome too!
With the recent intense weather, a lot of us have been in full hibernation mode indoors. If you’re looking for recommendations for things to read, watch, and listen to, here’s what we’ve been interested in lately!
Are you looking to borrow some money and/or build your credit? It can be difficult to choose which avenue is best for you, especially considering everyone has their own individual needs and spending habits, but we’re here to help.
If you’re intimidated by the idea of credit cards and loans, check out some of the basics below!
(Note: I’m not an expert—please consult with your bank or a financial advisor if you have questions about borrowing money and/or your specific circumstances!)
As some of you may (or may not) have noticed, the Silver Linings Society girls and I took a few month break and didn’t really explain why… so here we go!
After meeting and speaking about the break, we decided that we really love the transparency that we’ve tried to have so far—being able to speak our minds and let you know the “real story” about things! Whether that’s disclosing in a “What to Check Out” post that one of us didn’t actually read anything that month or discussing times when it’s okay to show a little bit of weakness or let yourself sit back and breathe.
For a little over a year we posted about twice a week, and all was going well but sometimes, as ALL of you know, life can get in the way.
Taylor had a career change and did some refocusing, my dad passed away unexpectedly and Lauren was a bit overwhelmed with her freelance workload, so we all were feeling a little disconnected from this whole thing.
After not being able to meet as often and having a hard time finding inspiration, we talked about our thoughts on everything and Taylor ended up deciding to part ways with the blog. She’s been teaching yoga at two local studios and started a new website, Yoga with Taylor where you can learn more about her approach, classes and events. We’d highly recommend checking out her classes and workshops if you live in the Burlington or Richmond areas!
Agreeing that the blog couldn’t be a priority at the time, Lauren and I decided to take a little break! What started as a month turned into two and I had a chance to really think about what I wanted to see the blog turn into. We spoke about what we thought worked and what didn’t and decided to make some changes that we are really excited about.
While this blog is still pretty small (and I’m not quite sure how many people are going to be reading this), I felt strange not explaining why we were MIA for a little bit. And in the theme of transparency, we decided that it was a good time to talk about it.
Making the decision to take a step back from a project you’re working on, a friend or even a job, is a very difficult thing to do and can be a blow to your pride since there are such negative connotations around “giving up.” But sometimes it takes time for you to separate yourself from something to figure out if it’s right for you, and what you can do to make it more engaging, enjoyable, productive or successful. It takes courage to allow yourself to hit pause when you may feel like others are expecting things of you. But if you don’t, it can harbor resentment and make things a lot worse.
So in all of this, I want you to know that it’s okay to take a break or even quit if what you’re putting your time and effort into just isn’t working or feeling right! This is NOT to say that we are quitting the blog, we have actually regrouped and made some strategies and plans for next year that we can’t wait to share with you!
Lauren and I will be looking for guest writers and topic suggestions so if anyone has anything that they’d like to contribute, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We know that we aren’t the only millennials in the world with experiences and perspectives to share, so we’d appreciate some input from others! That way, we can make sure that we are covering subjects that are relevant to all of us as a whole. So keep on commenting, let us know what you want to read and thank you so much for your support!
Xoxo Silver Linings Society (Samantha & Lauren)
We're back! After a much-needed break, we're starting to write again.
We'll be talking about what we've been up to, but for now, here are some things we've been reading, watching, and listening to: