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May 6th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I haven't been posting much -- and yes, it is probably related to the fact that I haven't been focused much on saving.

I seem to have undergone a sea change when I entered my sixties. Now I am more interested in enjoying my life, I guess because getting into this decade makes you focus on your mortality. How many good years do I have left? Not even if I live a really, really long time will I have as much time left as I have already spent. So I want to make the most of it.

Ironically, as I get older, I am feeling more beautiful. Not that I AM more beautiful, but I think I am much more accepting of what I am and I am enjoying it. (When I was young, and had a lot more going for me physically, I spoiled it for myself by being self-critical, never satisfied with how I looked. What a waste!)

So I have been spending more on nicer clothes, better haircuts, better skincare. The other day I bought myself a necklace and earring set just to finish off an outfit. It was on sale, only $30, but not too long ago I never would have spent that on myself just for the pleasure of it. And I felt great wearing it!

I am enjoying other people and experiences more, too. Yesterday I treated a friend to lunch at a trendy deli and didn't worry too much about the bill -- which was $22 -- again, not bad, but a little more extravagant that I have been for so long. Instead I focused on what a beautiful day it was, how good the food was, what a pleasure it was to walk in the sunshine and sit outside and chat.

All this is to say that I seem to be entering a period where I am spending more, and I like it. I know that I still must be committed to saving, however. I think when this month ends (my month ends on the 15th, when I get paid) I will still have $300 to put into savings. I would be unhappy if I could not meet that goal. I am also automatically saving $100 into my money market account, so really, I am saving $400 on a pretty modest salary. I will try to make that my bottom line, and anything I save above it is gravy. But I'm not going to pass on the little pleasures any more.

4 Responses to “Checking in”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Balance. Some of what you earn is yours to spend and some to save. Enjoy!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I like you, CB. You have a balanced, happy attitude. Even before you wrote this it always sounded like you get a lot out of life and can handle things very well. Smile Sounds as if you feel like you are in a pretty good "place".

  3. Maismom Says:

    What a nice post! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about life and how you feel good about yourself. Good for you!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Awww, thank you, folks! I AM in a pretty good place!

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