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I Want! I Want!! I Want!!!

Well, isn’t that what gets most of us into financial or physical trouble most of the time.  I want this.  I want that!  That looks good.  Mmmmm! I can just taste that now! I’m following my nose!

But before I get onto this mornings soapbox…

(I took these after getting home from the gym yesterday.  The sunrise was glorious and I’m sorry I slept through it this morning!)

Yesterday was payday where I work.  We all have a fresh supply of money and I joined the crowd that was spending it yesterday morning.  But before I even left for the gym I had paid my bills, stashed my savings, and fed my debt.  Because it’s a routine, it works well for me.

But let’s get back to the wants!

I mentioned earlier this week that I was reading Hyndeman’s Naked Millionaire.  One of the exercises she suggested was to make a list of wants.  What do I want?  What do you want?  Never mind the nebulous ideas of a better life, a better job, world peace and so on?  Have you ever sat down and wrote concretely about what it is you want?  I haven’t.  So I began…

One of the things I want is a wallet. It has to be green.  It doesn’t, on the other hand have to be new, and I’ve been checking out Value Village every time I go.  I’ve also been watching the wallets that I see at work when people are paying for their groceries.  There are some really nice ones out there.

So… now I want – or would like – (somehow that sounds less demanding) a green wallet, preferably leather, not from COUCH, with a spot for change, cards and a cheque book holder.  (I won’t put cheques there, but surely there must be notepads the right size to fit that spot? If there aren’t I know how to make some)  I don’t want it to cost more than $50 either.  My purse didn’t cost that.

I’ve been looking on the internet, googling images of green wallets.  My next stop will be Ebay and Kijiji.

Another thing I would have liked to have was a GPS.  We have done some geo-caching in the past and I lost the one I had.  Bad move, but that’s what happened.  I’ve borrowed from the library on occassion, but it’s not quite the same.  I’ve checked prices here and there but there wasn’t enough room in the budget to get one.

However, in October we head to Toronto for a wedding and a new area for caching.  The wanting of this gadget became even greater. There’s a geocache quite close to my mom’s kitchen window and it is my goal to find it!

The brainwave came while I was riding the bike.  Why not check out Ebay or Kijiji and see what’s listed?  I was very nearly late for work.  BUT… someone was selling a Garmin etrex for $35.  I bought it.   It was delivered to me at work, and I intend to find a geocache this morning!  I’ll post pictures later!

In the meantime, why not take some time and think about what it is that you would like to have or do or become.  Define it clearly and concisely.  Find pictures if you can.  Tell people.  Who knows, maybe they have just what you’re looking for just taking up space in their life when it would be so useful in yours!

I’ll end with a new title for this post:

I would like!

I would like!!

I would like!!!

Have a glorious day!  I’m going for a walk with Pam.  Maybe Tracy will want to do something – a cheap movie or something? But I’m looking forward to my day!



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Pondering Time!

This is the book that I read most regularly.   It takes less than 5 minutes while I’m on the bike at the gym.  I know that there are more things in this little book that I could apply in my life – but I need to save some changes for next year.   I have done a few things differently.  I was and still am looking for people to share the house I am renting.  (We have one empty bedroom.) I was certain that I wasn’t going to share a home with a man.  But I do, and it has been much easier than I thought.  And more fun.   I’ve decided to share more of my thoughts as I read through this book, but yesterday’s post was based on last weeks essay.  This weeks essay is about failure.

 A second book that travels to the gym with me is this one.  My daughter Emma bought this for me for Christmas one year.  I read through the first chapter but got hung up with the exercises.  Does this happen to you when you are reading these kind of books?  What I’ve been doing lately is what I do with Napoleon Hill’s book.  I read the same chapter over and over for a week.  There’s no rush (unless of course it’s a library book with umpteen holds on it) and I have pondering time.  Books like this ask some hard questions.  Like “What’s unique about me?”  Tracey says I’m always smiling at work.  I’m also the only cashier that collects food jokes and tells them to customers – at least at my store!

At work, when I’m not visiting with my friends, I have this book on the go.  It too requires that I do more than just read it.  There are thoughts to be thought, and lists to be made.  This book I read quickly, but I’ve gone back over it, one chapter at a time, so that I can think things through.  http://maxinehyndman.com  Here’s a link to her website.  It hasn’t been added to lately, but you can still access her newsletters.  The book itself is helping me to focus on different aspects of personal finance and of my life in general.  Once again, I come to the idea of “focused effort” or “gazelle intensity” – something I find very difficult to sustain.

Because I’m reading a little differently now, it’s going to take me a while to finish a book.  But I hope that I will be able to share a little more about how they are impacting me on my journey to be healthy and whole!

What’s on your reading list? Feel free to share what you’re reading and what you’re learning!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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