hello world! I have a secret for you. come closer. a liiittle closer. ok, too close if we’re eskimo kissing! hehe to the point: there’s this simple act, somewhat of a means of transportation, that is absolutely free. no, I don’t mean hitchhiking! this act is legal. want to know what it is? i’ll tell you, but you have to promise to keep it to yourself…and the 3 other people who might read this blog. it’s walking! that’s right, getting off your big, fabulous booty and doing a lil two-step down the side walk. how did I discover this? welp, simply by running into some debt lol
I know, I know…i’m supposed to be all about having fun on a budget. well, after I purchased my car, I came across a few expenses I hadn’t planned for, and my cash flow just kind of plummeted, thus my credit card bill grew. seeing that I was on my way to having no fun, I began to change a few things in my life. for starters, I began to cook more on the weekend and prepare meals for the week. I also did this because I decided I really need to get back in my healthy eating habits. therefore, i’m doing my best to be as low carb and paleo-ish as possible. my town has a great farmer’s market, so it’s fun to go buy fresh produce and then create something with it. plus, since moomies buys most of the groceries :D, I’ve managed to cut my food costs as well as eat better. secondly, I’ve put off going out every weekend. this part really sucks – i’m single and looking, but one cannot look if one doesn’t go out lol plus, it gets soooo boring to be at home. still, there’s certain activities coming up that i’d rather save for and go all out then have to budget to the point that i’m sneaking salad into the bar because I can’t buy fries. so I cut back on social activity spending.
after changing the main two expenses in my life, I started to reexamine other part of my life and where I can make changes. and what I came up with is a bit extreme, but feasible. everyday I take the subway to and from grand central and work. that’s $2.50 each way (if you’re not buying a single ride). also everyday, I arrive home too tired to work out. I don’t do well in the winter – if it’s dark out, I want to be home, in my sweatpants, having my love affair with my bed. many see these things as just a means to get home and me being lazy. I saw these things as an opportunity to make another change. instead of taking the subway home from work to grand central, i’d walk the 2.5 miles. i’d pack a change of clothes and some sneakers into my backpack (oh yea, Dora style!), and make my way through the streets of New York from Hudson St on the West to 42nd and Park on the East. I committed myself to trying this for at least 2 weeks (so 10 workdays). below is a photographic journal of my trials…
Day 3 – One good thing about walking is you can always take a new path. On Day 3 I discovered the shops they were setting up in Union Square for the holidays, the church that used to be a club I went to once that’s now a thrift shop, and some Mexican restaurant offering free beer with burrito
Day 5 – a LOT happened on day 5! I passed by these adorable little puppies, as well as this boot camp place that looked like something out of the red light district. also stumbled across UrbanSpoon as well as this awesome looking hotel. It was also on day 5 that I downloaded the ShopKick app, courtesy of my sister. ShopKick gives you “kicks” (aka points) for walking into specific stores. You collect points to get gift cards. For example, 1,250 kicks will earn you a $5 gift card. Or, if you’re ambitious like me, 6 million kicks will earn you a free cruise around the world. Gotta think big! This app also sent me on a new path towards home lol
Day 6 - ok, so today I was supposed to have a lunch meeting and then walk only a few blocks to home. plans got changed though, so I walked the whole way in these boots. this photo is taken when I want to cut my feet off for absolutely killing me. also, holidays are starting – the fair is back at grand central!
Day 7 - I had to meet up with a press contact to give them something, so I took a new route for Day 7, and came across pickle ornaments in Crate & Barrel (because everyone needs that obvi!), a creepy looking church, and some random street vendors squeezed into a spot.
Ok, so in the end, I didn’t do the full 2 weeks. but I did learn that I actually enjoy this walk – 2 of my coworkers have gotten into it and end up walking at least half way with me, so it makes it go faster. plus, I’ve come across new parts of the city that I’ve never been by before. While I don’t think it’s something i’ll keep up everyday, I do think that if the weather is reasonable, and i’m not in a rush, this is the perfect way to save some money and get some exercise! just note-to-self: don’t do in boots! my heels hurt