“Do it yourself” has been beaten into my brain since I was a kid. My dad is super frugal and my mom is a notorious DIYer (love you guys!). But now that I’m “all grown up” I’ve given myself permission to stop worrying so much about the extra $7 I spent on a cab when I was tired and instead be okay with spending a bit extra. Here are six things I’m so glad I paid good money for:
For years I thought I was a good enough writer and a smart enough person to be able to intuitively know what an employer would want to read. But how many times do we need to learn it’s impossible to judge ourselves? Well, the money I finally spent hiring Jenny Foss to write my resume was easily the best money I’ve ever spent. Please note that the resume she wrote for me is the resume I used to get the job I’m currently in. Just sayin’.
Money spent: $500 (this included a design by Loft Resumes)
I’ve been getting by on public transportation and the kindness of friends/strangers/cabs since college. But the second I realized that my biggest source of stress in San Francisco was my inability to get around was the second I realized I didn’t have to rely on MUNI anymore. When a homeless man shit himself on the bus the other day….
So instead of taking an hour to commute to work each way, I can drive and be there in 15 minutes. It’s expensive, and a lot of people tried to talk me out of it, but the freedom to explore my new state (yay West Coast!) and the time it saves me (10 hours each week!) is above and beyond worth it. That beauty to the right (no, not the brunette) is tentatively named is Penny Lane.
Money spent: $12,000
Living in San Francisco is EXPENSIVE. Man oh man is it expensive. While I could have saved a butt-ton of money and lived with a few roommates, I am so glad I didn’t. I can’t tell you how much pleasure I get out of not having to talk to someone when I get home. Of being able to invite my friends over without having to ask permission. Of being able to finally host Couchsurfers! Play my music loud! Eat weird combinations of food sans judgment! (
I ate popcorn and yoghurt for dinner last night.)
Money spent: $2,300/month
Doctors are shit. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, they’re awesome, but also? Shit. I’ve had a variety of not-so-serious-but-seriously-annoying health problems for a decade and it wasn’t until I went to a naturopath – a woman who looked at me as a whole instead of a serious of parts to fix – that I really started to connect my health to my happiness. The extra money I spent completely changed my perspective on overall health. Plus, I feel heaps better. Take that doctors!
Money spent: $500
Yoga Teacher Training
While I’ll never make the money back by being a professional yoga teacher, I spent that money on six months on self-exploration, intensive yoga training and growing with a group of 17 amazing people. It’s the most humbling thing I’ve ever done.
Money spent: $5,000
This is a no-brainer. The lessons I learned from travel are more important, rewarding and educational than my college degree. This is not an exaggeration. Having to learn a new language, a new culture, a new system is completely draining, exhausting and liberating. Every little thing you do, from grocery shopping to opening a bank account is challenging and eye-opening. From planting trees in Australia to studying in Spain, every trip has paid dividends.
Money spent: A lot
What’s the best money you’ve ever spent?