Dave Ramsey, on his radio show a few weeks ago quoted David Campbell, who put it all as concise as possible: "Discipline is remembering what you want."
What is it that I really want? A shower that I can comfortably shave my legs in. (The current shower is a tiny 2 foot by 2 foot stall).
I want a tub that I can fill will hot water and soak in after a hard day/training session. (Current tub is jetted, but too large to realistically fill with water & enjoy. Seriously - you could fit 3 of me in there!)
Jay said after his next commission check that we'd start seriously looking at a new bathroom remodel. That was 2 months ago. He went through a dry spell for over a month and it went on so long he forgot about his comment.
The Bible says "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12 The bottom line is I'm heart-sick and having trouble remembering what I want because it seems so far away.
So while a new fancy gadgets might be nice - a beautiful claw foot tub with shower adapter and a double bowl vanity in my master bath would be nicer.
I just need reassurance that my frugalness, couponing, and careful attention to budgeting is going to pay off. Sooner rather than later. I don't want to pass on movie invites, skimp on vacations, or deny myself cable & Internet for the rest of my life just for the sake of being a cheapskate.
The good news? After a couple of months of no closings, July seems to be Jay's month. We're going to start getting quotes from contractors at the end of the month (once we've got our checks in hand...erm...in the bank).
I want to enjoy my money, I suppose my wants in life are just a little too grand. I'm willing to give up the little things for my dreams. I'm just not willing to give up the little things AND the big things.
Which is it for you? Would you rather have a luxury home but no cable or an apartment filled with gadgets and such? I find it interesting to see what people think brings them most happiness (when it comes to material things). No right or wrong answers here. Well except "the free wildflowers that grow in my back yard make me happy."
While that may be true, that's not what we're talking about here. I know we're all living in a material world. So material girl - talk to me!