When was the last time you really treated yourself to something? Are you happy about it?
Caught this article on Business Insider and got me dreaming away the morning ;)
Clever! A magical CEO Fairy where all you have to do is ask for what you want! (And then of course beat out all your colleagues to get selected, if the powers to be deem your wishes worthy enough, haha…)
But a unique idea indeed, and one that seems to be working out well for them in the morale department :) Here are some of the things that have been granted so far:
- A trip for an employee to visit her grandmother in Greece
- Paid skydiving jumps
- Paid trainers
- Paid guitar lessons
- A speaking gig hookup at MIT
- A hired private investigator to help an employee find their long lost brother
So some cool stuff! But not anything most of us CAN’T DO ON OUR OWN TOO!! Especially if granted the boring year-end bonuses! Haha…
But here’s the thing – if we’re not already spending our money/time towards these “wishes” of ours, do we actually really deep down WANT them?? And if we do, why aren’t we making any progress towards them??
Only you would know the answer to that, but something tells me it has something to do with “responsibilities” and “adulting,” along with a sprinkling of “ain’t nobody’s got time for that” ;) Which is why these FREE wishes being handed out are so exciting!! Because someone will just HAND THEM TO YOU without any effort or compromising required!
But here’s the part where I implore you to still do nice things for yourself no matter how big or small they may be. There’s a million things we spend our time and money on every day (and all towards an equal amount of varying people too!), but it’s also important to make sure WE’RE being treated well along the process.
And it doesn’t require any overly complicated processes!
- You could create a “Dream Fund” and start siphoning $20/mo into it TODAY
- You could start carving out 20 MINUTES every day if your dream involves time more than money
- You could go crazy and do BOTH these things at the same time (!!!)
- Or you could just leave all your hopes and wishes to your boss, and forward this over to ’em and see if they pick up the hint ;) (Maybe try downplaying the “no bonuses” part, though)
We don’t need any CEO fairies to grant our wishes, but we DO need to be champions for *ourselves* and remember to actively incorporate it into our lives!
And don’t forget that MONEY IS ALLOWED TO BE SPENT too!! It doesn’t always have to be maximized or applied “responsibly” all the time… If you’re working hard at your priorities, try to make it a point to work hard on your dreams too. We’re allowed to splurge every now and then!
So to go back to our original questions here…
When was the last time you really treated yourself? And are you happy about it?
Answer for me: I’m happy now, yes! But it hasn’t always been the case… I’ve gone back and forth during periods of my life from overly obsessing about money to spending it all without much care, but I think I’ve finally gotten a good handle on it now, and can confidently say it’s much more fun to treat yourself while you’re working on your goals than when you’re not ;) And the last time I treated myself was yesterday! But you already know what I splurge on these days so I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say I’m still on track to win the “beat last year” budgeting challenge, haha… Which is another way to keep your dreams alive actually – giving them a line item in the budget!