I truly understand the term starving artist right now. I’m so completely broke and stressing every day over how I’m going to pay my bills. Financial troubles are the absolute worst kind of stress. I hate going to work because I feel like its pointless, I know I’m not really making any money by being there, because its never enough. And I hate that. I’ve always been a Give 110% type of person and I haven’t been lately because I’ve been so exhausted and stressed.
I was never extravagant with my money when I had it, because I never had much. But now that I have none, I really miss the little things I used to do or buy. For example:
Manicures and Pedicures. I’m really more of a pedicure kinda girl, but I have been known to get the occasional manicure as well. There is just something so luxurious about having someone else scrub and polish you til you are smooth and pretty. Plus, I really hate cutting my own toenails. Weird, I know, but I simply don’t like doing it.
Oh, feels sooo good!
Sunkist. I freaking LOVE Sunkist soda. I can’t even begin to explain to you how much I love this drink. And I haven’t had one in MONTHS. They only cost like $1.49 for a 20 oz, less if you buy a 2 liter or a 6 pack, but that’s how broke I am. I can’t afford Sunkist! Ah, I miss you orange goodness.
Christmas Gifts. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is buying gifts for my family and friends. I love going shopping and finding something that I KNOW the person is going to love. And I love seeing their reaction when they open the gift. Sadly, this year, I will be either making gifts or giving hugs for Christmas. Still in the spirit of the holiday I guess, but doesn’t give me an excuse to go shopping!
Books. Buying new books was once a small thrill in my life. I can’t even remember the last book I bought. On the plus side, I read all the books I want online for free at The Next Big Writer And these are books that haven’t been published yet! So, I’m ahead of the game there 🙂
Little things, really, I know. But when I finally pull myself out of debt, the first thing I’m going to do is head to Barnes and Noble, buy a deliciously long book, then go to a gas station or grocery store and buy an ice cold Sunkist, then head over to my favorite Mani-Pedi place to get pampered, and then I’m going on a shopping spree to make Christmas up to my lovely family and friends. And it will be wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.
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Trust me, you aren’t alone. Most people I know have not had to make one sacrifice or another, but several. Guess we all just downsize and re-learn how to appreciate the things in life that don’t cost money but have huge value just the same.
Ha! I’m living on school loans. No gifts this year! 🙂
I’ve always liked the holidays better without presents. It’s more peaceful somehow. Every now and then we all boycott and go for the feast and the love but no gifts. (Except for all the kids of course.)