1. Courses. Paying for learning is a straightforward decision, no matter how old we get. Last year, I took my 200-hour yoga teacher training. This year, I'd like to focus on writing. I purchase courses from uDemy.
3. E-books. Books are, to me, the best investment.
4. Raw materials for DIY products. These are the ingredients that I usually have in stock: cold-pressed soap, essential oils, virgin coconut oil, candelilla wax, shea butter, cocoa butter.
6. Notebooks for Morning Pages and drafts. Because I eat notebook pages and I enjoy writing by hand. I write most of my zero drafts on paper. I also write in my journal daily. My thoughts about Morning Pages are here.
7. Healthy snacks. After re-reading How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger in 2020, I added these into my daily diet: nuts, seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin), granola mix, oatmeal, soy or oat milk, plant-based protein powder, and Vitamin B12. I eat them as snacks, overnight oats, or morning smoothie.
First time I read How Not To Die didn't change my diet, but the second time did. Read my article on why re-reading matters here.
8. Nature trips. Often, they don't cost that much. But these moments do wonders for my - our - mental and physical well-being. When things get rough, I one thing I need to do is step outside.
9. Yoga classes. If I'm left with one thing to do until I die, it's practicing yoga. I'll be willing to spend a reasonable amount of money on my practice.
Here are some spending tips if you're having trouble seeing where your money goes:
- Use a money tracker that you can look at once or twice a month. No app worked for me so I made my own using Google Sheets.
- When you click 'add to the cart', wait 24 hours before actually buying.
- Zoom in to find out what's important to you. Is it travel? Charity work? Learning? When you know, deciding about money will be a little easier.
- Give to the people who support and are there for you the most.
I recently posted 9 things I'm not planning on buying this year with a note that if my life circumstances change, I'll post an update! I shall do the same for this post.
There you go, my friends.
Our purpose and priorities direct our actions and where our money goes. Here's to spending wisely.
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