Weekend Link Love #2

Happy Friday, friends!

How is your week going? I’ve had a great week so far. My friend arrived from Moscow on Wednesday and has been staying with me since. The last time I saw her was back in February when we went to the Venice Carnival, so you can imagine how happy I was to get to see her again.

My spending has been a bit out of control this week but this is something I knew was going to happen with my friend in town! We have been eating out every evening and I have finally had the pleasure of going to Sushi Samba which is a sushi restaurant on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. The views from the top are stunning! The food menu and the cocktail list is quite expensive, but worth every penny! I usually refuse to pay a fortune for a cocktail (and £13 + 10% tip is a bit too much in my humble opinion), but it was a special occasion after all, and yes, I had an alcoholic drink! 😉

Last night we went to my favourite Dishoom in Shoreditch. We just happened to be in the neighbourhood and hadn’t planned our visit ahead. Big mistake! We have been waiting for a table for 2 for exactly an hour and a half! So if you do decide to have dinner there make sure you book a table in advance. The food was excellent, as always! We are out and about in London this coming weekend. We are attending an exhibition at the British Museum, watching Switch On of the Christmas Lights on Regent’s Street and eating out in more restaurants, of course! 😛 It feels great to spend and know that you are spending within the budget. Best feeling ever!

Okay, onto the articles I really enjoyed reading before I get too carried away talking about food and restaurants 😉

First of all, I wrote a post for Wendy’s new blog feature “Debt Confessions”. I had the honour of being the first guest blogger to share my story with her readers (thank you for having me, Wendy!). Head over to Wendy’s blog to read it if you haven’t done so already. I appreciate all the comments I have received, your support is very much appreciated!

Tonya from Budget and the Beach wrote an excellent post Debt Payoff Hangover. I found this post interesting as I am yet to experience what debt freedom feels like. I haven’t made any post-debt payoff plans yet but I think that I will take a well deserved break for a month or two to reflect and build solid plans for the future. I personally think an analogy with a hangover is spot on!

Melanie from Dear Debt wrote a great post Are You Ashamed of Your Debt and has been brave enough to “come out”. The more I talk about my debt and tell my story about how I got in debt in the first place, the easier it is to accept the fact that I have been financially irresponsible for about 10 years of my life. Do I feel ashamed? I wouldn’t say ashamed. I would say sad and disappointed that I had wasted so much time to realise how financially illiterate I’d been all these years.

Alexa from Single Mom’s Income quit her day job and is now working from home full time. Her post How I Started a Blog, Faced My Fears, and Quit My Job in 1 Year is truly inspiring. If you are planning to turn blogging into a full time job, make sure you check out Alexa’s blog which is full of useful tips on blogging and freelance writing.

Graham from Money Stepper listed his goals for the next 14 months in his post 2014 Goals – New Year’s Resolutions Come Early. I am not very good at setting goals, but after reading Graham’s post I was inspired to write a list of my own goals for 2014. I will publish it in the next couple of weeks on my blog so make sure to come back and check them out 😉

Enjoy these great reads! I hope you have an amazing weekend and make the most of it!

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  1. Have fun with your friend in London! I can’t believe we’ve already come to the time where Christmas things are happening! Maybe because it’s 80 degrees here right now? lol! I love going to fancy restaurants…wish I could do it more. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the link love!
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    1. No worries, Melanie! Sushi Samba is a nice place with fantastic views over the city! I happen to like cool little places like Dishoom in Shoreditch, Shoryu Ramen in Soho or Patty & Bun just off Oxford Street much more. These places are bursting with people, the crowds are young & happy and there’s much less glamour around. Perfect combination 😉
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    1. What can I say, I love my food and I love talking about it too, haha! I’m so glad I got to share my story on one of my favourite blogs! 😉 Thank you again for having me! I am looking forward to reading more stories in the very near future. Have a fantastic weekend, Wendy! xo
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    1. Thank you for your comment, Rebecca! If this is the case, then you can have one goal as your MAIN goal (let’s say it’s financial) and spend 70% of your energy working on this goal. Your second goal (in this case it’s exercise and staying fit) will be your supplementary goal and you dedicate the rest of your energy on it.

      In fact, this is what I have been doing all along since I’ve started my journey. My main goal is debt repayment and financial security and a lot of my energy (and time) is going towards that. The rest is “spent” on travelling which is my other priority. It’s not as important as the first one, but important nevertheless.

      I think it’s vital to find the right balance and see what works best for you 😉 Good luck with your goals!
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