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Today, I got a gift (from myself) in the mail.

Isn’t she fun? It wasn’t a completely impulse buy because I have been eyeing this bag for over a year now.

Every time I’d be at the mall, I’d stop over to say ‘hi’ to it, touch the soft leather, carry it around on my shoulder around the store (or around the cabinet it was locked down in), and then sadly part ways.

I just felt too guilty spending $300 on a bag, I just can’t do it. I can’t trick myself with crazy justifications for handbags like I do with shoes. Just doesn’t work the same way. And especially now with the new place, travelling for friends’ weddings, and a trip to Europe – there are many more important things to spend that money on.

But this week the stars aligned and the universe sent me a message (in 5 ways) telling me I’m meant to own this bag. This is how I knew it was meant to be:

  1. Groupon had an ebay deal
  2. I signed up for “Bill Me later” gave me $20 in ebay bucks
  3. I bought a bunch of other little things over the last months on ebay to provide me with a couple more ebay bucks
  4. I found a seller with a good deal for a brand new with tags Kristin Coach bag in the color I wanted (cobalt blue!). I haven’t been seeing the blue on ebay at all, and when it was always over $250.
  5. … and I’ve been stalking it for over a year, I think that’s plenty of time to think about it and decide I truly love it

Fate, right?

The outcome of all of these events? Me owning this bag for UNDER $100. $99.50 to be exact.  Make fun if you wish, but that, my friends, is why I love deal hunting.

(wearing: jeans: LC by Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s 70s flare, top: H&M striped, wedges: from Charlotte Russe purchased 3 years ago, and bag: Coach Kristin hobo.)

Also, today I saw this list of ideas to live by on this blog and I really liked it, so I wanted to pass it on and share. A good reminder and inspiration.

Handbook to Life

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts over things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. Be grateful for what you have been given.
18. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
21. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away (like algebra class) but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
22. Smile and laugh more.
23. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

24. Call your family often.
25. Each day give something good to others.
26. Forgive.
27. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
28. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

31. Do the right thing
32. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
33. God heals everything.
34. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
35. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
36. The best is yet to come.
37. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
38. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Do you enjoy the thrill of the deal hunt? Have you snagged any great deals recently? Please share!

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