I am something of a workaholic. One of the good/bad things about being self-employed is that the harder you work, the more money you make/the more awesome things you create/the more opportunities come your way. And even when I’m making enough money and I’m up to my eyeballs in work, it’s hard to turn things down. Writing for a celebrity trainer? Sure! Article about how to speak Cajun? Yes!And despite all this nose-to-the-grindstone working, I’m not great at treating myself. Or rather, the ‘treats’ I allow myself are usually along the lines of $6 worth of Vietnamese food or a bi-monthly pedi at a dicey salon. The thought of dropping more than $50 dollars on something that’s not totally necessary gives me The Guilts. Hardcore. Even when I can totally afford it. And even when I totally deserve it.
But then! Last week I happened upon these earrings. And I’m fairly sure that they need to be a part of my life. Every day for the next several years. Despite having enough money to buy these without bouncing a check, I’ve spent the last week periodically visiting the website, forwarding the link to friends, imagining what I could wear them with, worrying about losing them. Which is silly! Most women I know wear wedding bands worth thousands of dollars! And I could buy these without breaking the bank!
So I finally (finally!) bought a pair and now I’m waiting anxiously by the mailbox for them to arrive. And you know what? Clicking that ‘buy now’ button was the most adult I’ve felt in ages. I’ve signed apartment leases on my own, I’m an LLC, I have an intern forpetessake, but purchasing Real, Grown Up, Not-From-Target jewelry (after probably excessive consideration) made me feel awesome and adult in a way that few other things have.
How do you treat yourself? Do you ever find it hard to truly ‘splash’ out? What purchases make you feel like an adult?