I suffered yesterday from a spending hangover. The night before, my love and I drove out to Seattle for a concert we had tickets to at the Crocodile. He had purchased the tickets, so I grabbed a little extra cash out of my FUN MONEY ENVELOPE to spoil the both of us. We got to the venue early and I circled the block three times before deciding to park a few streets down (I refuse to pay for parking, if possible). We both were starving after working all day and going straight to Seattle and wanted a bite to eat. We decided on Wasabi for some sushi. We ordered a couple rolls, he ordered a sake and I ordered a fancy Bourbon drink.
We were sitting in the bar and our favorite show, Jeopardy came on. We were enjoying ourselves and before I knew it, I ordered another fancy ginger Bourbon drink. It was time to head out to go to the show and while my guy was in the bathroom, I grabbed the tab. $98 starred back at me and I felt a little guilty. Those drinks I was sucking down were $13 bucks a piece! I have been pretty good with my frugal journey, and had saved the money for FUN, for times just like this, but it made me realize how easy it is to spend money and how unaware I was of it before.
I read some of, Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert last night and a few of the sentences popped out at me. She wrote, “You can certainly live without debt, because debt will always be the abattoir of creative dreams.” She went on further to say, “Nobody needs debt less than an artist. So try to not fall into that trap. And if you have already fallen into that trap, try to claw your way out of it by any means necessary, as soon as you can. Free yourself so that you can live and create more freely, as you were designed by nature to do.” OMG, I loved this! It reminded me, why I am doing all of this. Why am I embarking on a frugal lifestyle? So that I have the freedom to be more creative! What may feel like deprivation now, will set me free. With a lifestyle that has to slave to pay off debt, creative inspiration is absent.
It’s funny, when you are on the right path, there are little signs along the way, that will guide you.