I’ve started a new book Happy Go Money by Melissa Leong and one of the chapters talked about having experiences rather than spending money on stuff. It got me thinking (as everything does) about money and how it’s spent. One of the questions was around looking at recent experiences and seeing if they were costly or just something simple and life affirming. This is a bit of a list of all the nice things I could think of that happened around the last 7 days and their worth:
- I’ve moved to a new team at work and I went to my first all day meeting. It’s nearly Christmas so the mood was light and fun. One of the ice breakers involved a dancing pass the parcel that saw our head boss doing the time warp and a colleague showing us how to do the YMCA dance on our backs using our legs for the arm movements. You had to be there possibly but I haven’t laughed until I’ve cried in a very long time. Cost: nothing
- The woman that sits next to me has regular Clarins facials and treatments and knows the staff quite well. Well enough that rather than throw out old stock because the ‘recipe’ had changed they gave it to her. Who then brought it to work with the result ebing I got 3 new expensive lipsticks. Cost: nothing
- I’ve had 2 crafting sessions at work this week. In the first one we were given a small canvas, some coloured thread and buttons and designed Christmas Trees on the canvas. In today’s session we made snow globes. I may be 46 but I have been looking forward to this session for weeks! Everyone had such a good time, forgetting the cares of work & life for an hour. Total cost: £3.50 (as a craft club member I get subsidised prices)
- Two people I’ve been thinking about recently that I haven’t seen in a while got in touch to arrange a coffee for the coming month. Cost: nothing (so far)
- Another one who I was thinking of but wasn’t sure if they were actually bothered about being friends texted me to say she missed me and hoped to see me soon. Cost: nothing
- I found a box of Bakewell tarts in the cupboard. Cost: I’m saying no cost as I bought them weeks ago.
- And tomorrow I round the 7 days off with a free Arm Knitting session where we get to learn to knit with needles about 4 foot long! Never tried it before but it looks fun. And as I say, it’s free
So lots of positive experiences over the week and the total cost comes to £3.50 which isn’t really very much in the general scheme of things is it?