It occurred to me that I should have called this series the Lady’s Journal but doesn’t “Memoir” sound so much more elegant? Eh. Whatevs. Here’s my latest installment of most profitable things for week ending June 16, 2017.
This week was all about returning to the basics. This week was all about letting my inner child out to play.
The 3 Most Profitable Things
Week Ending June 16, 2017
Number 1: I Played With Blocks
Yes, I play with blocks, Jenga blocks to be precise. What does this have to do with personal finances and a profitable life, you ask?
Well, Jenga is a game about balance, strategy. You are trying to build something up in fixed ways while simultaneously trying to prevent it from crumbling into rubble. (See a metaphor shaping up here?) My daughter and I played two rounds and grew weary of it. She suggested “wanna just build houses instead?”
I loved that. Neither of us celebrate failure. Who says we couldn’t just use those blocks in non-prescribed ways?
We spent more time not playing by the rules and enjoyed it far more. Not only were we following our own rules but we were exercising our imaginations in far more constructive ways. Instead on building one tall tower, our houses came complete with imaginary glassed-in balconies and pools with slides. Dragons and puppies and kitties played in our house and brought joy to our new creations. We presented our creations to each other with complete storylines and rationale for the design. We constructively critiqued each other’s work and awarded a winner for each round of construction.
In short, playing with blocks reminded me that not everything has to be structured and by-the-book. It was a fun reminder that imagination and dreams are powerful tools in leading a profitable life.
Cost of Jenga: $11. Reminder of the power of imagination: priceless.
Number 2: I Spent Like A Teenager
What?!?! How can spending too much money be a good thing? Let’s break the big ticket-non-budget items down and let me explain.
- $225 – Hair salon. Ouch. I agree. But for years I had my hair down by my best friend who was a stylist that charged me minimally. I’m not used to market rates for this type of service. However, I rarely treat myself to any self-care luxuries and, damn it, I’m just not ok with having gray hair. Is it excessive? Perhaps. I’ll likely shop for a salon with lower rates.
- $344 – TicketStub. Ouch. But it’s JASON ALDEAN! He’s one of my favorite artists ever and I want to go. I had to buy 2 tickets, which sucks. I am a single mom who really doesn’t spend too much on entertainment. So a once-a-year splurge on a concert doesn’t seem too big of a waste. It also gives me something to look forward to, since the concert is in October. By the time the concert rolls around, the pain of this purchase will be months behind me and I’ll have a sexy cowboy to stare at. I think I’ll be good.
- $65 – “Tips” for myself. I’m using TipYourself to reward my continued posting on my blog. They say blogs don’t make much money. I aim to prove that wrong…even it if means paying myself!
- $25 – Un-budgeted investments – I recently decided to experiment with Stash to dip my toe in the investing world with a $100/month commitment. (See my blog about my decision to experiment with these two financial apps.)
- $55 – Booze. Hey, fuck off. I’m single and I’m a mom. ‘Nuff said. Ok, maybe that was my Spiteful Bitch talking.
- $25 – Father’s Day gift card. Because divorce and co-parenting is dicey. A $25 gift card is the LEAST I can do to keep the peace. I’ll likely get him something else. And he is an excellent father so…worth it.
- $36 – Bagels, ice cream, burgers and a Barbie. Thursday was my daughter’s last day of school. I treated her to some unexpected treats. She’s an amazing girl and I believe in the occasional treat, especially in celebration. We balanced it out with a trip to the beach with pre-packed snacks that were no cost.
While all these purchases are easily justified, the fact they all happened in one week made me VERY uncomfortable. And I see that as a very good thing. It shows me that I’m conscious of what I’m spending and why. That skill is far more profitable than any savings I could have realized by being super frugal. It’s a process and I’m learning.
Number 3: I Held Nothing Back
Children are honest to a fault, until they learn how to lie.
I recently interviewed my daughter about money and her responses were so raw and real. (By the way, I’m turning that into a series if anyone wants to volunteer their kid to participate!) Anyway, her responses were thoughtful but held nothing back. I like to believe I can be like that in real life as well. I know that’s a process, too.
Blogging has been a great savior to me in that it allows me to be my genuine snarky, smart-ass self and experiment with how far to take it. (I MAY have gotten in hot water in the corporate world before for expressing myself in “inappropriate ways” so I’m a bit gun shy.) The relative anonymity of it is comforting and liberating. I can have headlines like “Fool Around With Spontaneity” and “I’d Rather Date Pandora” and people eat it up. Say that shit in real life and you get looked at weird.
I feel I’ve found my voice and some basic “rules of engagement.” This week was particularly rewarding as I was featured on many other blog sites. I’m still floored by my early successes and only hope to help others along the way. That is why I’m doing all this crazy work and learning all this crazy SEO/programming stuff. Because I want to help.
Plus, it’s super wicked fun.