Money or Happiness?

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I thought twice about buying a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks this afternoon. Correction: a decaf, tall, non-fat, no whip Pumpkin Spice Latte. 😉

For the past 9 months, however, I never had to worry about money. I basically had 2 full-time jobs, so I spent my hard earned money how I wished.


My new financial situation got me thinking…

Money or happiness? Is it possible to have both?

I may not make as much money as used to, but I hope that I will love my work. I want to wake up every morning excited about the day and ready to get down to business. However, no longer having that financial freedom will definitely affect my daily life. I used to be able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, without a second thought. This way of living is no longer going to work for me. There will obviously need to be some changes!

On the other hand, when I was living the high life, I had zero time and never stopped working. Even when I was sleeping, my brain was still thinking about work! I also dreaded Monday mornings. On Sunday nights, I was practically sick with anxiety about the upcoming work week. And, all week long, I couldn’t wait for it to be Friday. Sitting at a desk for that many hours totally drained me.

My new situation seems pretty ideal, so I think I will probably fall somewhere in the middle of these two options. Of course, these two scenarios are the extremes, but simply answering this question might help you decide whether to stay in your current situation or pursue your dream job.

Which do you prefer: The low-paying dream job or the passionless high-paying job?


Today’s lunch was de-lic-ious! I made an extra Pesto-Pinto Grilled Cheese last night to take with me for lunch today. I didn’t bother heating up the sandwich and just ate it cold. It was AWESOME! I also had a Larabar and apple with lunch.


I’m going to write the final part of my announcement this afternoon, so keep a look out for it. I promise it’s coming soon!

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