I thought day 16 was going to be so difficult, but I was pleasantly surprised by my will-power (something that doesn’t often happen). Not buying anything for 24 hours presents an interesting challenge when you’re a college student on a meal plan. Because for a non-student living in the real world, grabbing coffee and a muffin from a cafe in the morning would be buying something, but it isn’t really for me – it’s all already been paid for. Even so, I tried to avoid doing stuff like that. The real challenge came when a friend of mine wanted to go shopping. We went into several stores, and though I was a little tempted, I was impressed with my ability to resist. Admittedly, it was probably easier because I left my wallet in the car – but hey, baby steps! I think I should challenge myself to go 24 hours without spending money more often – it would do my bank account some good.
It also motivated me to actually get serious about budgeting. My boyfriend recently made a pretty cool spreadsheet to keep track of his money, and I decided to do the same. He had to help me get it all set up, but I’m really excited to be more conscientious about my savings. There’s a quote I keep seeing on Pinterest that I think is really applicable here:
This idea never seemed real to me until I began to have realize that I have some pretty serious future needs and responsibilities. Pointless spending now will actually take away from money I’ll need for rent, food, etc. I think facing the real world makes this kind of stuff all of the sudden very tangible. Now this doesn’t mean I’m not gonna have fun – I’m not giving up drinks with the girls – but I’m gonna be a lot smarter about it being forward. And I’m actually kind of excited about it.
Day 17’s challenge was a lot harder than me, because I am not a single-tasker. In fact, I am the ultimate multi-tasker. I listen to music or watch TV in the background nearly 24/7. Up until recently I even slept with the TV on, though that’s a habit I’m currently trying to break. It’s just something that I do. I’m not totally comfortable with silence, and I think that has a lot to do with my anxiety. My brain goes a million miles an hour, and it’s usually just worrying about one thing or another. So I like to have a lot going on to keep it occupied. But I want to be more comfortable with silence and calm. I want to learn to quiet my thoughts, but that’s a whole other process. Single-tasking was kind of a failure for me today, but that doesn’t mean it will be tomorrow and I think I’m going to commit myself to trying at least once a day. Because in the end, isn’t this all about learning to do things I never thought I could?
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