Hold up girl, you mean you are not saving anything at all?
I have a rainy day fund that I always put money into but I also have a savings account. So while in theory I am saving some money, I decided not to save any more beyond my rainy day fund. Why?
I woke up one morning in April, and decided that this summer was going to be one of the most memorable for me. As I am in my late twenties, I have been able to have summers where I was focused on work and immersed myself in my career, other summers I did absolutely nothing but lounge around my apartment and watch Netflix.There was also the summer I spent planning a few amazing trips that my ex and I went on, but never has there been a summer just for me. I went through a tough breakup and one day realized that I needed to start anew and create some new memories for myself. It sucks when you remember that your favorite city used to be ‘our’ favorite city, and your best memories are attached to someone other than yourself.. So this summer was going to be just for ME.
I looked up both local and national locations for travel and just started booking. Was there an island that I had never visited? Book it. Was there a museum with an opening coming up? Attend it. Was there an artist I had been too cheap to see? Get tickets! Was there a city that I had always wanted to go to but was too ‘busy’ to visit? BOOK IT! I have had an absolutely amazing summer thus far. I’ve done a variety of free and paid activities and my heart has never had so much joy in a while. I’ve discovered that shrimp in any of its forms is not something I will ever enjoy, I find silence and being alone with my thoughts comforting. Slowing down and just watching Shakespeare on a blanket in the park makes me feel content. I’ve discovered the top homemade ice cream locations in the state and road tripped to them! I actually love homemade mango and coconut ice cream!
I didn’t just get in my car or on a flight and go, I carefully planned out my experiences and left room for surprises. What do I mean? I allowed life to happen while on the way to whatever activity I had planned. I talked to strangers, I watched lovers fight and make up, I wrote love notes to myself and I realized that people will always surprise you by how generous they can be. This has been a summer of absolute wanderlust, and I would not have changed a thing!
So maybe I didn’t get to buy that condo as quickly as I had hoped, I have many more memories that I could never attach a price tag to. I took care of my mind, body and spirit. I got a lot of my joy back and these are things that no condo or money in a savings account could give me.
Three women going through life.