Welcome to Fall, beautiful people! We’ve survived Spring. We’ve survived Summer. We can handle Fall!
Fall is my favorite season. Cooler temperatures, less freaking mosquitoes, tons of festivals, falling leaves, nights by the fire pit…. well at least we’ll have some of those things, this year! Unfortunately, no festivals for us, and extremely curtailed Halloween activities- but more on that later, because I need to have a proud Mama moment.
We had to head to Kohl’s this week to return some items that didn’t fit as expected. We picked an off time, took our masks and make it a family outing. While there, my daughter fell in love with a Stitch stuffed animal. She’s been creating ornaments for sale for friends and family (I’m so blessed to have a network of people who love and support my child like a bunch of proud aunts and uncles) and so she got a lesson in “if you want it, you have to use your money.” She purchased her Stitch on her own, and when we got home she repaid me the $10 I loaned her without hesitation. I’m proud of her, and proud that she is learning young about needs, wants and the value of her money. Did she need Stitch? No. But it’s ok to treat yourself sometimes. She’s slept with him every night and she values him. She has often hesitated or put something back because she didn’t want to spend her money. Now she’s got her first “job”, where not only is she feeling validated as a “real artist”, but she’s making some bucks and treating herself. That’s all any of us really want- to feel validated and make some bucks doing something we enjoy, am I right? Also, don’t worry- she has no idea how much she is making on her ornaments, so she’s getting a few dollars for her piggy bank and a few dollars for her savings account.
I qualified for a $75 focus group this week, only to realize at the last minute that I had mistakenly given incorrect details about my laptop. I contacted the folks right away and unfortunately my updated information disqualified me- but that’s ok. While it sucks to lose $75, it’s important not to string the researchers along. They would have noticed almost immediately that I wasn’t able to give them the proper feedback and it probably would have cost me not only that money, but a future relationship with the company.
September 14th- September 20th
Total earned this week: $142.25
Fund Total from last post: $2460.29
Current Fund Total: $2602.54
Still Needed: $2897.46
I’m averaging $113.15 a week!