Monday, 2 October 2017

Treat Yourself

Honestly, I think it's very easy to forget to treat yourself.

In May I bought my first car and pretty much ever since I've been saving and refusing to indulge every now and again. And that's been fine, but there comes a point where you realise that saving isn't the be all and end all. Having a safety blanket in your finances is undeniably invaluable; there will be a time that you need it and are eternally grateful that you put some money aside. But that doesn't mean you should save everything. It's important to make the most of life and do what you want with it. It's important that you're not a slave to yourself. Indulge. Splurge. Treat yourself every now and again.

My treatless life ended very abruptly last week, when I saw the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar and thought: why the hell not. Undoubtedly, it was a pretty big thing to splurge on, but I know I'm going to have the most exciting December because of it. That's the kind of treat you need occasionally, and especially after ignoring your shopping impulses for a long five months. I also gave in and bought a purse I've had my eye on for about three months. When you find something that you've been looking for forever and you know you'll get a lifetime of use out of, you have to treat yourself.

Generally, I think my treats will be a lot smaller. But I'm planning on doing/buying at least one little thing a month to treat myself. For instance, I love having fresh flowers around, so I'm going to treat myself to a bunch more than once a year. If something I love and use all the time is getting old and tatty, I'll replace it without thinking too much about the cost.

It's easy to forget to live and enjoy what you have and what you can afford in the present day. My conscience is constantly thinking about the future and how I'll never be able to afford to buy a house, so I try to save extra now to make up for it. But it's the wrong mentality. We shouldn't scare ourselves into saving too radically. It's important to live a little more liberally and to make the most of things before we die with money in the bank but without having lived a joyful, indulgent, exciting life.

Plan a holiday, go to the pub with your friends tonight, buy that cute jumper you tried on over the weekend and fell in love with.

You deserve it.

Until next time.

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