All Work and No Play...

Saturday, February 27, 2016
I can't believe that it is almost March. It seems like I just did my year in review post and declared this the year of Caesar Sundays... And now its almost Big Brother's birthday and spring is definitely in the air. Time certainly flies. Sigh.

Speaking of Caesar Sundays, they haven't begun yet. They were supposed to start last weekend (delayed due to Super Bowl Sunday) but unfortunately timing didn't work out so we're still looking at rescheduling. I'm having a long overdue drink with the amazing Robyn tomorrow which will be the first, and possibly the only, Caesar Sunday. There have been a lot of factors working against my fun weekly plan: (1) I don't have a lot of friends, at least people I want to share a drink with. I KNOW a lot of people but there's a difference (2) I'm inherently lazy and haven't been bothered to put more than a cursary effort into this little project; and (3) I realized how much I might end up spending over the course of the year and I had to shake my head a little bit.

As you may remember, over the past year and a bit, I've finally paid off my two student loans in full and I paid off another loan I had (in half the time they gave me!).  Seeing those debts be erased from my "To Do" list, is an incredible feeling. The only other debt I now currently have is my credit card and that is the recipient of every spare bit of change I can funnel its way.  Ahhhhhh, the prospect of being completely debt free is like an aphrodisiac. Sooooo addictive.  However...
I haven't taken many vacations in my adult life. TBH, I've only taken three. The first was 1991 when my best friend at the time and I went to California for a week. It was our first trip travelling alone (her first outside of Alberta!) and we had a blast. Eighteen long years later, I took my second vacation where I travelled to England by myself and wandered the streets of London alone, stayed with complete strangers who turned out to not be axe murderers (yay) and instead were two of the most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet. In 2013, my most recent vacation took me, my mother and my favourite aunt to one of the most beautiful spots in the world, Jasper National Park. Ahhh, my own little bit of heaven.

Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Not doing so is a waste. Sure, there are debts to be paid and retirement to be saved for but taking care of myself in a good way (not treating myself to takeout far too often as I usually do) is as essential as both of those things. And so, Mommikins and I are treating ourselves to a trip to celebrate our next birthdays.  We are going to Hawaii for a week in the new year where we will wander around the island of Oahu, soaking up the sun, climbing volcanoes, and living the island life. Its not the original trip we had hoped to take but rather than throwing ourselves back into debt to pay for the "trip of a lifetime" we've opted for something a bit more financially responsible and yet still enjoyable, relaxing and offering us the opportunity to recharge our physical and mental batteries.

Its taken me a long time to learn to be responsible with my money and it was a very hard, emotional and expensive lesson. But now that I have, I've also learned that its ok to spend some of it on things that matter. Making memories, spending quality time with those I love and care for, and remembering the almighty dollar isn't the bottom line.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

A trip to Hawaii sounds absolutely wonderful!Hopefully by next year, the dollar will have recovered somewhat, too.

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