Honest Truths: I’m poor, not penurious.

Guess who had to google that word, penurious. I’m not even sure if I’m using it correctly.

I still feel like I need to preface this post by saying I believe I am by no means living in poverty, I just feel the crunch most days. This isn’t a plea for your money. I don’t want to be spammed with get rich quick schemes. I am grateful to be able to afford our weekly rent to have a roof over our heads and I have a very gracious workplace.

However, there are just some days when I log into my bank account and I wish there were just a few more dollars in there. I’m not talking millions either, literally a few more dollars would make me smile more often. They say money doesn’t bring you happiness but it makes life easier having it, it makes living a little less stressful. I’m sure you’re all thinking, we’ll get off your butt and do something about it.

So, What am I doing about it? To be honest, I know that what I am doing is not enough, but I’ve started making small changes to make it easier on the budget, and to start seriously paying off debt and get my life on track and towards saving to buy our first home.

I’m about making a few small changes in my life that are sustainable. For instance, I have  stopped buying mochas or hot drinks. They were a weekly guilty pleasure. I stopped drinking coffees while pregnant and limit myself now because I’m breastfeeding. For the price of a barista made coffee, I can buy a packet of instant granulated coffee and still have some change. I might get 20 cups of coffee for the price of one or two. Yes, it’s cheap but to be honest, it’s not nasty and I get my quick fix, quicker than waiting in line at a cafe.

Another small change is I don’t go shopping unless I need to. I unsubscribed from regular marketing emails from a bunch of retail stores. I’ve removed the temptation from my life and my inbox thanks me also.

Even my birthday this year I didn’t want to spend money on myself. Instead buying a treat, I volunteered to be a collector for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation street appeal.

Adulting can be hard. Parenting is harder. I’m in my 30’s now and I feel these are the years to start making a difference for the family.

So my honest truth, I am poor. But if I can pay all my bills, reduce the debt and manage to squirrel a dollar or two away for my baby’s future, and put money towards my first home, then I know that I shouldn’t complain! I want to feel content with the things I have or I just need to try a little harder.


Thanks for sticking with me.

xoxo Love Shaz

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #10

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Kia Ora and Happy Thursday!

I have had a busy and interesting month.

In Bookish News,

  1. This month I have posted my March TBR on booktube, so you can check it out there, clicky here: March TBR
  2. I cracked my laptop screen, which happens to be touch screen, so it was out of action until I could get a second screen to change my screen settings. Phew! It took me a day or two but my laptop is back in action. Unfortunately my March TBR went up unedited, with no flashy titles, music or links. So forgive me, but its raw. It’s me, sitting on the floor, in what I plan to be my new book nook, sharing the titles I hope to read this month.
  3. TBTG, I got a job. I put my CV in the ring for so many different jobs, doing anything and everything. I scored a Library Assistant job. I’m finally working with books (and staff & students, but BOOKS!). I start tomorrow. I’m so EXCITED!

In Not So Bookish News,

  1. I have discovered that one of my friends, who I met a few years ago when I was working in Youth Ministry, is a Vlogger! Her YouTube channel is hello_harriet and she posts a video each week. Her videos are about 5 minutes and she is super funny. I cracked up watching her Valentine’s Day pranks & the Whisper Challenge with her lil bro. You need to subscribe. Do it now.
  2. Because I’m working part time, I decided to go back to full time study. I’ve completed 6 papers towards my Bachelor of Arts (Communications, Information and Library Studies). It feels like I still have 100 to go. If I can manage the load then I am set for finishing my degree towards the end of 2017! I might get my tohu before the hubby does (tohu means award in Maori & a bunch of other stuff). Might have to add that to my goals for next year. Someone remind me.
  3. One of my papers requires me to start a blog. I already have one, you’re reading it, so at some point you might see some book reviews on genres that I wouldn’t normally blog about. Keep your minds open to the possibility that you might like something more than Young/New Adult fiction. I know it’s slim, but it COULD HAPPEN. Just roll with it.
  4. Lastly, today I signed up for YouTube Boot Camp. It starts tomorrow (which might be the next day in US time) and I am a little scared. But I hope to get some tips from it and boost my YouTube Channel with confidence. Wish me luck!

For a month that felt so hectic, after writing this, I feel like I haven’t achieved very much…

Never mind. There is always next month.

xoxo Sharlene

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #9

Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora!

I would love to say that I have been away but I’ve been well aware I haven’t posted since Deweys & this month I started feeling guilty about it. I haven’t written any reviews, but I have been reading & that’s what it’s all about. Did you know it’s 5 weeks til Xmas? That’s like 6 weeks remaining in 2015. THAT IS SCARY!

In Bookish news,
Things we dont say out loud1. I received a copy of ‘Things we don’t say out Loud’ by Rochelle Walters. I take part in so many giveaways I don’t know how I received this one but I’m putting it on my pile for December.

2. For me, November is YA month. I signed up for Crazy for Young Adult Books Book Pool Challenge because I need to boost my numbers. I managed to pick up a few of the titles from the library & finished Beastly in a couple days. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into Juvie (sorta like a YA version of Orange Is The New Black) and it put me in a short slump.

3. I’m hosting a Book Pool in December on Goodreads for the Book Lovin’ Kiwis group. Sign ups are open & will close on 30 November. I love book pools because you can select 3 books you want to read & others select their own, but you end up with an amazing pool of books to select from. The challenge is to be the one to read the most.

In Not So Bookish news,
4. I mentioned a festival in my last Bookish post & I’m pleased to say GOSPEL ROOTS has launched, artists are being announced and it’s all on for Jan. 15-18th, 2016!

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I’m gonna be sooo busy in December with Gospel Roots logistics, so I really hope I can still read 100 books before the year ends.That’s all from me this week. I’m happy to be back at this and will try get some time to write reviews instead of binge reading.

final love sharlene

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #7

Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.


I’ve been a little slack in my posting this month, and that is probably due to a lack of reading… Buuuuut, I’m back for my 7th round of B(&NSB)T.

In Bookish news,

1. I mentioned my Youtube channel last month and I still have done nothing to progress this. I recently had a comment on one of my old videos, so I really do think it’s time for another video. I’m gonna do one for Dewey’s 24 Hour #readathon… maybe…

2. My library, you astound me! I was browsing for some e-books on Overdrive and BOOM, Gisborne Library made my fricken day. They got in Colleen Hoover’s Confess & Maybe Not! I requested them straight away and can happily say, I finished Maybe Not last night. It had me lol’ing and the title is just so fitting. It get’s 5/5 stars from me. I received Confess last night so that’s on my TBR this week.

3. I signed up to be a reader and cheeleader for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this weekend. NZ Start time in 1:00am on 26th April. Not ideal, but it happens every time. This year I’m lucky enough to have the day off on Monday, due to Anzac Day.

4. I’ve got a decent library haul this month. Will put up a pic on Instagram. It’s likely to be my #readathon TBR this weekend:-

  • The Ruby Circle, by Richelle Mead
  • Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand
  • The Rise, by Julie Plec
  • Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
  • Kite Runner: the graphic novel, Khaled Hosseini
  • A Game of Thrones – Volume 2: graphic novel, by Daniel Abraham

In Not So Bookish news,

5. It’s Anzac Day this Saturday for New Zealand and Australia. A day we remember those who have and those who continue to lay their lives down for us. #LestWeForget

~ We Will Remember Them ~ 

~ Peace be with you ~

final love sharlene

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #6

Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Wassup everyone!

It’s hump day and I could really do with a coffee.

In Bookish news,

1. I’m putting some thought into my Booktube Channel. I haven’t made a video in 6 months (gosh that’s depressing) and the last two I recorded never made it up. But Teo (a NZ booktuber) put up a Pitch Perfect Book Tag and I really want to participate. Check out her video here.

2. I just finished Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) and I seriously need the last book. It’s out from the library until 7 April. That’s like 2 weeks away. I really want it NOW.

3. My first assignment is due tomorrow for my Professional and Technical Writing class. I almost feel bad that I asked for an extension because I’m pretty sure I could finish it by tomorrow. Will push myself (once I have lost all distraction in this post) to see if I can.

In Not So Bookish news,

4. Have you heard of Canva? It’s like a super easy graphic design website or app. I love it and I can’t wait to “mainstream” all my posts with cool Sharlene Says images.

5. My husband has set up a bank meeting with my current bank. Hopefully he makes the switch because I really don’t want to switch to his. Our first home is on the horizons!

6.  I made these on Canva. Honestly, there are heaps of images template backgrounds available for free. You can click on these if you wanna find me on Twitter & Youtube.

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That’s all I can think of, so that’s me for another week. If I get a quiet moment later this week, then I will write up a review for some books I’ve read. Also next weekend a Swoon Worth Saturday post is definitely going up. I can’t wait to share him with you guys.

Ciao for now,

final love sharlene