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Birthdays: Spoiling Yourself or Buying What You Need

My birthday is coming up. Every year since I started working, I've set aside a large(ish) amount to spoil myself. However, this year things have changed up a bit.

I have more responsibilities and commitments financially. I'm finally saving up for a long trip abroad. So with all these concerns in mind, I'm really tempted to just drop this tradition and save the money knowing I'll need it for other things.

Then I realized, you really just have to treat yourself once in awhile. Nobody is going to do it for you, unless you're very very lucky but even then, no one will really know what random luxury item you'll want.

So, once in a while, stop punishing yourself, stop tightening the belt and just let it all hang loose. Find what makes you happy and go do it. I admit that you can't buy happiness. So this year I'll be buying something that will (hopefully) enrich my experiences with my friends.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

 

It's a chilly Nashville morning as I write this even as soft sunlight pours through my window.  As I've mentioned in several of my recent posts, I've been doing a whole bit of de-cluttering in my life.  This has mostly applied to various physical spaces like my closet, bedroom, car, and so forth; however, I've also been trying to do so in the way I carry out my day.

For most of my life, I've been the kind of person who has had a gargantuan to-do list.  It would be an endless stream of tasks connected to multiple facets of my existence.  After one item would be completed, another one would roll right on in.  I've been thinking about this a lot over the past few weeks, and I've decided that, in spite of the productiveness, it is still not all that gratifying.  

It feels no different than doing the same thing over and over again.  The actual tasks might all be different from each other, but the intention is all the same--just to get something done.  For me, this has become monotonous especially because, in my own life, there is no end to all of the things I could be doing.  

So, I've decided that from now one, excluding (and occasionally including) time-sensitive tasks or ones that affect other people, I am only going to focus on getting two or three important things done each day.  I've actually been doing this now over the last two weeks, and I really love it. 

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