Life in Paris, Money

May Budgeting Breakdown

It's June! Guess who forgot to do their May budget summary? As I noted in my April budgeting breakdown, I have €576 in expenses each month. €350 : rent €60 : electricity + housing insurance (40/20) €40 : transport €88 : health insurance €20 : mobile service + data €8 : aesthetic services subscription €10 :… Continue reading May Budgeting Breakdown

Life in Paris, Reflection

Consistency is Key

And other platitudes that I'm not practicing! I'm hoping to get back on track after three missed posts in one week. I visited the lab again this morning to see if my misadventures in microbiology are finally at their end. In equally exciting news, I defended my thesis yesterday, and I am fairly confident that… Continue reading Consistency is Key

Consumption, Cosmetics

May Empties : Skincare Samples!

Things are progressing much faster than I expected, and I'm thrilled. My April Empties post, inspired by Renee at Bad Outfit Great Lipstick, focused on saying goodbye to some staple products. This month, I've finished up a lot of skincare, body care, and samples. I haven't had any issues with my skin yet, although I… Continue reading May Empties : Skincare Samples!

Challenges, Life in Paris

Perfect vs Good in Practice

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Whether it was Confucius or Voltaire, it's good advice and I'm trying to live it this week. I was on the train this morning, jammed into the car and 10 minutes late, and I truly felt like a mess. My hair was flatter than normal… Continue reading Perfect vs Good in Practice

Consumption, Cosmetics

Pondering Presentation : Makeup

I'm making a point to discover my preferences for myself, but I can't seal myself off from the world and think about what I enjoy in insolation. I limit my exposure to trends, and I've been largely successful in doing so by simply freezing my consumption. Still, this is only a recent financial phenomenon, and I'm… Continue reading Pondering Presentation : Makeup

Goals, Life in Paris, Schedule Series

Goals Update, Part 2

The second half of a much-needed update to how I think about my yearly goals. Yesterday, I went through the first three of my six goals for the year. Stress less. Sleep more. Use my mornings. Stay on top of my last 5 classes, my thesis, and my internship. Work toward a healthier body. Make… Continue reading Goals Update, Part 2

Consumption, Goals, Life in Paris, Money

Electricity Victory!

I got my year-end bill from our electricity provider, EDF, and I was shocked. I wrote about our LED adventure two months ago, when we spent €52 on LED bulbs for the apartment. My goal was to reduce our electricity consumption as a matter of environmental responsibility, and to reduce how much money I pay… Continue reading Electricity Victory!

Money

April Budgeting Breakdown :

Please ignore the fact that we are halfway through May! I was working on staying on or under-budget in April, considering that I was making a bit of money from my internship. I added up all my spending, and while it was an abnormal month for a few reasons, the bottom line is that I… Continue reading April Budgeting Breakdown :