Money Now + Beyond

Here are some things I didn’t spend money on because of the pandemic

It’s been over a year of living in a pandemic, and it’s just starting to get back to normal. But in the past year, a huge number of us put our lives on hold. Money has become the great humbler this year for millennials and Gen Y individuals who were preparing to move onto life’s next chapter. Furlough and unemployment have a tendency to do that. So while we’re all taking these last few weeks to celebrate and introspect, let’s talk about things we couldn’t accomplish because everything’s just too expensive.

Living in a capitalist society is hard work. It’s even harder work when your bank balance does match the imaginary vision board dwelling in your head. This year has forced me to make tough decisions and I’ve had to make a lot of personal sacrifices to make peace with where I am currently. That being said, it’s very important to note that all these decisions were made after carefully weighing each element and its corresponding effect on my life. It was, truth be told, hard work to learn the basics of financial literacy. But today, I want to talk about the six things I ended up putting aside and why they would have been the case of bad timing if I ended up doing them.

1. Moving out

A GIF of Zooey Deschanel as Jess from New Girl saying 'I'm moving out of the loft' via Giphy
A GIF of Zooey Deschanel as Jess from New Girl saying ‘I’m moving out of the loft’ via Giphy.

Now that I’m grown up enough to do pretty much anything and everything, this has been on my list since university. But I’ve had to put a hold on my one-bedroom apartment with cute balcony furniture dreams because I spent most of this year on furlough. While many cities have reported cheaper rent markets, I would suggest anyone planning on moving out to wait till they’ve got enough for a rainy day. You’ll thank me for that money tip.

2. Beginning the immigration process

A GIF of Hamilton with the saying,
A GIF of Hamilton with the saying, “Immigrants we get the job done.” via Giphy

Immigration can be quite an expensive process, depending on where you’re immigrating to and from. For myself, I had to put it on pause once I realized that it’s the safest nor wisest choice to migrate to places that could easily turn into a danger zone of outbreaks during the pandemic. It was more important to prepare and make sure I was safe and financially stable.

3.  Traveling

A GIF of a pug puppy looking at a world globe via Giphy
A GIF of a pug puppy looking at a world globe via Giphy

I personally cannot believe that as an adult you’re only entitled to a certain number of leave days (depending on which country you’re from). I was planning a holiday to one of my most favorite places in the world. Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Till next time then.

4.  Sign up for a gym membership

A GIF of a man and a woman cycling in a gym via Giphy
A GIF of a man and a woman cycling in a gym via Giphy

I know we can pretty much do anything thanks to Ms. Chloe Ting and her workouts but I really wanted to focus on getting fit this year. Getting a gym membership during a pandemic would be a mistake. So many gyms were forced to close due to the virus, and it would have been a money drain to be stuck with membership for a place I can’t even go to. I’m very glad that this thought didn’t stick. My bank balance would have yeeted me into the sun.

5. A short-term, in-person degree

A GIF of two news reporters saying 'Expand Your Mind' via Giphy
A GIF of two news reporters saying ‘Expand Your Mind’ via Giphy

I’ve always valued learning and, while there are loads of courses that are free online, I desperately wanted to level up my skills at work by signing up for a course that required human interaction, discussion, and the classroom ambiance. It’s a good thing I missed signing up for that type of course before the pandemic. Little did I know at the time that most of my family would be using YouTube for everything in a few year’s time. For many of us, learning online ended up being an inevitability.

6. Seeing my favorite singer in concert

A GIF of BTS performing live in socially-distanced settings via Giphy
A GIF of BTS performing live in socially-distanced settings via Giphy

I had made plans to see my favorite band in concert, however, due to the pandemic; their tour has been canceled and we’ve all moved online performances. Here’s to hoping that I finally, finally see BTS in concert in 2021 and my bank balance agrees with it!

As businesses and work begin to open up again in various parts of the world, it’s still going to take some time before things become completely normal. It’s easy to feel disappointed and down about missing out on major life experiences this past year, but I’m hoping to get to these six things eventually.

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The Best of The Tempest: Life edition. Our favorite 7 stories from 2019.

2019 was a year. While in the grand scheme of human history it probably won’t register as particularly significant, it was a year where womxn and femmes, and basically anyone who isn’t a cishet white man, started to find words to speak their truth. We talked about deeply traumatic experiences. We shared pain. But we also shared resiliency. So in no particular order, these are the Life Editor’s top picks for 2019.

1. “I couldn’t speak about my assault for years, until now” by

I couldn’t speak about my assault for years, until now

We all know assault sucks, but to describe it and confront it in writing? That’s something special.

2. “We’re all the victims in a world of school shootings” by  

We’re all the victims in a world of school shootings

In an America where shootings seem to happen every other day, a deep and personal narrative describing the effects of such happens is so important. Even if you haven’t been directly involved in a shooting, the PTSD hits us all in its own way.

3. “My neighborhood believes in walls and privacy, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed a week without a wall” by

My neighborhood believes in walls and privacy, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed a week without a wall

Walls are made for privacy but are they hurting human compassion and sympathy? During one week without a wall in the suburbs of Johannesburg, this author discovered an entirely new side to her neighborhood. But at the end of that week, the wall went back up and the camaraderie faded. Is privacy worth it?

4. “I wish people talked more about this depression symptom” by

I wish people talked more about this depression symptom

Brain fog is a real and horrific effect of depression that doesn’t nearly get enough attention. Brain fog refers to a cluster of symptoms that affect thinking, memory and recollection. Moreover, it affects more than just those with depression. Understanding each other is the first step to making this world a better and more accepting place.

5. “What I didn’t know about life after graduation” by

What I didn’t know about life after graduation

Moving from the freeform setup of college into the abyss of the unknown is terrifying for everyone. We think the real world will offer the same freedom but, instead, we take any and all jobs that will pay the rent and offers health insurance.

6. “Here’s why I’m done helping you with your white guilt” by

Here’s why I’m done helping you with your white guilt

It is not up to women of color to make you feel better about your inherent racism. The everyday turmoil of microaggressions and stress placed on the shoulders of POC is simply unfair and exhausting.

7. “I lost my faith in religion. Now I have to tell my Muslim parents” by

I lost my faith in religion. Now I have to tell my Muslim parents

Something changed in this author’s faith over time. Slowly, she began to listen to music, dance and lose her passion for Islam. Is she still Muslim? Why couldn’t she connect?

Life is nuts but when we share our experiences the world gets a little closer and we understand each other a little better. Cheers to 2019!

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The 5 Most-Read The Tempest Stories of 2017: Life Edition

2017 brought us Trump’s inauguration, sexual allegations, an Alabama senate race, and the worst shooting in US history. But that’s not all that 2017 brought us.

We also got a museum for Jackie Robinson, saw a beautiful solar eclipse, and more!

Life is all about experiences and the people you share them with, and this year the Life section has really come through on those ideals. Each article examined a problem that was important and necessary to add to the global dialogue. Enjoy this 2017 roundup of the best articles under Life, and get ready for a million more in 2018.

 1. “It’s time to call Muslim parents out on their emotional abuse – because that’s not love,” by Anonymous

[Image description: A photo of a woman with her eyes closed and wearing a pink hijab. She is smelling a bouquet of flowers that she is holding.]
An incredibly powerful narrative about parental abuse. This article calls out parents for creating negative environments for their children instead of nurturing them. Sometimes, parents make mistakes. They do not have the power of God and do not rule your life entirely.  This unique perspective sheds light on a problem thousands of women can relate to. Read More.

2. “How do you preserve Syria when a lot of what’s left is rubble?” by Talah Bakdash

[Image description: A photo of a medieval castle called Krak des Chevaliers that is still standing in Syria.]
When battles end, then what happens? What happens to the memories made before the war? What happens from the changes in the landscape?

This is an important discussion about war-torn countries and examines what happens after wars end. This examines how culture changes from those happenings around them, which is an interesting perspective people don’t usually get to see. People think of war, the politics of it, and forget about the people who are still there. Read More.

3. “In the eyes of my family, I’m damaged goods – here’s why,” by Thee Shaheera

[Image description: The photo shows a woman wearing a wedding dress with a white hijab while holding a bouquet of flowers and smiling.] Pinterest
There are certain responsibilities women are expected to follow, but when they succumb to a disease they are no longer the golden child. Just because this author got diabetes, means her standing in the world around her was lowered, although she didn’t do anything wrong. How can women keep their hopes up for their future when they are constantly put down for something they can’t control? Why do diseases affect a woman’s quality?

Women do not need to be put down by others, and it’s time we stop allowing it. Read More.

4. “16 tried-and-true techniques to drive away the rishtas,” by The Tempest team

Indian Lady
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Members of The Tempest family got together to write this hilariously accurate and helpful guide to snubbing your relatives who pressure you on your future plans. The techniques include sarcasm and cutting your hair, both of which are sure to terrify any desi girl’s family.

Don’t let other people decide what’s right for you. Read More.

5. “I was only 20 when my sister abandoned her toddlers. I had no idea what to do.” by Thee Shaheera

[Image description: A photo of a woman in a field holding a young boy in her arms.]
Life brings unexpected challenges from our culture, friends and even from our family. When this woman was left with her nephew and niece she had one option and that was to care for them. She took them in and managed to continue with school and work, but not without difficulty. Life is hard work and it’s important to hear these inspiring stories to remind us of what we are capable of. Read More.

Here’s to continuing to share important and inspiring stories that may have otherwise been overlooked.