Living and Learning on a Budget

I came across Joshua Murphy’s great blog post on “How to Sustain Yourself White You Train Yourself.” Something that I have learned in the process of self-education is how to budget. He covers topics like living in your means, not depending on credit, and splitting your costs. Since I decided to forego the dorms, I have saved $10,000 in extra expenses.

Tools, Resources, and Experiences are the categories that Joshua separated his learning budget.

  • Tools – Drums to learn how to drum, a camera to learn how to shoot pictures, or a wok to learn how to make gourmet stir-fry. It all depends on what you want to learn!

 

  • Resources – Finding a coach, private lessons, community college classes, buying books, or tangible things that will help you gain the knowledge to implement the tools.

 

  • Experiences – Airplane tickets, networking events, cultural experiences, festivals – why spend a lot of money on material possessions when you can have shared experiences and memories that are worth a bunch more?

How do you separate your expenses and learn? Do you have a good way to organize and manage how you learn? Leave a comment below!

Hope you’re living a BellaVie!

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“It’s a sign!” 

The Universe is saying something!”

But if it wasn’t for those little subtle nudges I wouldn’t have taken the plunges that I would have today – joining the UnCollege Movement, taking my TESOL exam (that was with the helpful nudge of NPR!), or going to China with the Global Education Partership

It’s scary but thrilling. Moving and still. And the learning that I have done this year just makes me realize that I have so much more learning to do. I leave for Shanghai on Sunday, and then will be in Kunming until the beginning of August.

If you get anything from this post – listen to the little nudges and take into account the little serendipities. You’ll be quite surprised where they lead you.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

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