Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Being broke isn't the WORST thing that could happen....I could've been born Amish?


The other day I spent my last dollar on an icecream cone from McDonald's....

...this was right after My Love gave his last dollar to a homeless man on the corner, literally making the man on the street richer than he was.
Collectively we were both down to zero. Literally, all together- ZERO. As in, no savings, no jar of "spare change,"....)we've cleaned that out for condoms and Ramen, since babies are more expensive) We had nothing worth selling, not even plasma. In fact, the debt that we have is more like negative $$$(fill in horrific college loans, and the Paris fund that I started when I decided charging champagne and tarts was "totally worth it." I still stand by the choice. A couple grand later, a couple drunk Parisian escapades and 2 pounds worth of pastry dough still in my belly.)

So, if you all you have is a dollar, why not roll down your windows, enjoy a Vanilla cone and drive in the sunshine- on fumes, back to your basement apartment?

I want to be comfortable in ZERO...but I don't want to be there forever, it's just being able to embrace the present ZERO and know that it's only temporary. At least that's the goal. Or I'm going to start directing porn. Hi, Mom. This poverty couldn't possibly be my fate, because I'm too damn awesome/motivated/creative to stay in this situation, plus "starving artist" is so cliche. I only like cliches on Holidays, where there's candy with cute sayings involved.

Recently, I was talking with one of my friends about "Unexpected Income" not necessarily in a $$ amount, but in the form of something that is discounted, free, etc. I.E. When your grandma brings you cookies, you don't have to buy your own cookies (unless you're cookie monster, or....you're cookie-exclusive and chocolate chip simply won't serve you/you're an asshole) or your friend bought you a drink at the bar, someone let you borrow a book you were thinking about buying, and so on. These are all things that you would have BOUGHT anyway....so you have to think of it as a "credit" to your empty bank account. It's the Universe throwing you a bone...and rather than going home and bitching about how fucking broke you are, you can say, "Why thank you, tonight was +20 bucks I didn't have."

It's a form of showing GRATITUDE to a rather unfavorable situation.

...once you start recognizing the "unexpected income" in your life, it's a lot easier to realize how ABUNDANT your life actually is.

I talked about Abundance of Heart as my goal for 2010 (along with meeting Jay-Z, which will happen) and I haven't been out traveling the world like I did in 2008, I haven't been living in a fancy place like I did in L.A, I haven't been crossing as much of the Life List as I'd like to, I haven't spent money on gratuitous items like new nail polish and colored tights-but I am comfortably flourishing where I'm planted. And all I need is a little sunshine, and an icecream cone every once in awhile. ...even if I have to pay with that cone in nickels and dimes.

We are not defined by the amount in our bank account, but we are defined by how we LIVE...

...And the manner, the intention and the enthusiasm you LIVE with should come from something deeper than a paycheck. Via Facebook chat tonight, I lamented to Doniree over writers block and blah blah blah...and told her that I wrote the word "Enthusiasm" on my mirror, because I like to say cheesy things to people I love...and I should probably be on an episode of Glee, but also because, "having enthusiasm reminds you to presently enjoy the PROCESS, or action of what you're doing. Or the stillness. Because you're excited to be THERE." Yes. That's me, quoting me? (this is where you'd hashtag LAME on Twitter.)

...We're always curious about how people "live," that's why we blog, tweet, invite people into our homes, snoop through peoples medicine cabinets.....oh? what? The point is, when someone wonders, "What does she LIVE like..." I don't want to live in the confines of zero, or 10 million. Though there would be a varying degree of yacht travel, and canned peas in there....I want my MANNER and LIFE APPROACH to stay the same;


Fucking enthusiastic. Icecream cone enthusiastic. And yes, ice cream should be one word. Icecream.

At the core of everything we are, we have an energy that we approach the day with- I'm not talking about the day where you have to go to the Gyno, or your boyfriend smoked a cigarette in the house while you were sleeping and ashed in your yummy fig candle-I'm talking, run-of-the-mill coffee, routine, day. How do you LIVE....? What energy are you giving out....



So, whether you're at $0 or $100.....what do you "LIVE" LIKE?







89 comments:

Sid said...

I read an Ernest Hemmingway book once where he was talking about his life as a writer in Paris. He was poor as fuck but poverty seemed to have fueled his creative juices. After reading that book I told my friend that I wanted to be poor. I had to amend that statement to experimentally poor not actually poor. Anyway, I don't mind buying cheap clothes or eating crappy meals. I can deal with that. What I'd miss is going out to concerts, the cinema and travelling. Money doesn't equal power as much as it equals freedom.

Verity Vaudeville said...

I don't have a lot of money, and I never really have, so I don't get sentimental over it or worry that I don't have enough. Even though that is often the case because I only work part time.

I think people take too much precidence in money anyway, especially when so many other things in life can satisfy your soul more. Like art, or music, or spending time with someone you have a connection with. All those moments that money could never hope to inspire. Plus money is almost synonymous with status, so that tells you a lot about how people treat it.

People always say 'money is the root of all evil' when the actual saying is 'the love of money is the root of all evil'. It's all about how we treat it. It will only matter as much as you allow it to.

But then again, doesn't everyone want more?

CuppyCakes said...

I've become a crazy traveller person. I kind of cringe about how much I've spent on travel in the past four years, but I know it's roughly the equivalent of a deposit on house. Which has left me kind of broke repetitively.
But hey. I've done stuff. I've travelled.. and that's what I like to live for.
I also earn the absolute minimum wage. Which kind of sucks because so many of my friends are earning huge amounts of money... and I have to budget to get my hair cut. But I've travelled, and that's what I keep coming back to.

Jules said...

You make a GOOD point.... Right now, I am surviving. I need to LIVE.

Kez said...

I would have spent the last dollar on food. I always spend the most money on food.
That wasn't a very deep comment, was it?

My husband would invest the last dollar in a high interest account and not let me touch it until I'm ready to retire. By then we'd have $2.50 between us. And we'd be skinny. Screw that!

Melly said...

I am a frivolous spender - my eyes will land on something gorgeous, I fall in love, and then I'm walking out the store with a bag in tow. I'm often reacting to in-the-moment desires, free or costly.

Shoes. Art supplies. Spontaneous plans with friends. Handmade jewelry. Takeout. Misshapen mugs. Really good coffee. Makeup colors.

I'm lucky that there's enough money to do this - (I also work damn hard..) but it limits me. I've never travelled, I've never really gone on vacation.. and it kept me locked in a tiny apartment for several years.

I'm trying to stretch my sights - see more of what's around the corner.. waaaay around the corner. :)

Shannon said...

Great post - we should totally see things that are lended or given to us as money we don't have to spend - that's the way I think *most* of the time.

Groupie for the Underdog said...

This is such a cool post, reminding me to stop worrying about the water and the gas bills slapping onto my hall floor. Life essentially is totally about the things you have outlined, and sometimes, we need to be reminded. I like you.

Brandy said...

Okay this is TOTALLY cheesy but there is this part of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants that I always keep around because it inspires me to remember to live.

"Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures. Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest. Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream. Getting to level seven in Dragon Master and knowing there were twenty levels to go. Maybe happiness is just a matter of the little upticks- the traffic signal that said (walk) the second you got there- and downticks- the itchy tag at the back of your collar- that happen to every person in the course of the day. Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day. Maybe it didn’t matter if you were a world famous heartthrob or a painful geek. Maybe it didn’t matter if your friend was possibly dying. Maybe you just got through it. Maybe that was all you could ask for."

stephanie said...

what great insight. i tend to be a "do whatever makes you happy" kind of girl (as long as what makes you happy doesn't hurt someone else, ya see?) and my husband is very "we have to be buckled down and serious and always keep in mind how much money we truly have" (aka don't forget about the DEBT!) we kind of balance each other out. when he gets too much in the funk of school/work/debt/life i say "you know what? stop sulking, we're going to have margaritas" and when i get on a bender of shoes and chocolate, he reminds me that we'll never be able to even buy our passports if i don't stop emotional spending :)

so that's how we live. a crazy balance from day to day. and sometimes a bit off the deep end.

Christina said...

We are broke broke broke, but in love and happy. I quit my job because I thought we were moving but it got pushed back two months. I started walking dogs for extra income. I know its a temporary place in our lives and try to think of all the stories my parents told me about when they were so poor but in love and just think its okay to be here. Even if we are almost 30. It will all be okay!

Lindsay said...

Now that I'm a student again, I find that I feel incredibly guilty when I do nice things for myself that involve spending money. I'm totally living off of loans and that makes me nervous. I need to remember to live in the moment and reward myself every now and then. Thanks for this post.

Lauryn said...

This is the best blog post I've read in a while. Love it.

woodlandsblonde said...

I live my life doing the right thing by others. Sometimes I get stepped on (most recently by my ex).
But it doesn't change the fact that I have compassion for people.

I completely agree - when you have no material possessions what do you have? What relationships do you have in your life? You have to start from square one - but things happen for a reason. Maybe its so you all can appreciate the abundance you will face later in life.

I live life happy - no matter what. Our time here is so short.

Amanda Blair said...

Honesty, I just want to enjoy and appreciate living. That's my goal this year, to appreciate every day that I get to wake up and live on this beautiful planet. Listen to those little moments where I am completely content and be so thankful. I also hope that I experience all the things the universe wants me to, not just sit around.

Doniree said...

You are a beautiful spirit, my Chelsea :) It all boils down to gratitude, and I think that if there's anything we've learned through the challenges of 2010 so far, it's to recognize the abundance we fucking manifested and be grateful for it. I love your attitude - you don't have a thousand dollars, but you have a life blessed and rich with love, family, and opportunity. I'm just blessed to know you and call you friend.

Amanda Blair said...

Btdubs, I'm quoting you too :)

tonyadesigns said...

It's a fine line for me. I want to enjoy my life, but I do think strongly about my future and setting up a comfortable life for myself. I'm the type of girl that needs a cushion, so at a certain point I consider myself dead broke even though I have money saved. Keeps me in check. It's been a struggle both with unemployment and trying to freelance. I can't maintain my "old life," but I have found new ways to enjoy myself that don't cost a lot of money.

hannahjustbreathe said...

I love that Emile Zola quote: "If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud."

I live to love. It's what I do best and it usually requires little money. Now, if Love PAID money...well, now, you'd be lookin' at a billionare over here.

Profit From My Closet said...

I live in gratitude every single day. As soon as my feet hit the ground in the morning my first words are "thank you" then I go meditate. I am financially blessed now but a few years ago when I had nothing is when I learned the attitude of gratitude. I knew that even if I only had a dollar to my name more would come eventually. Because what is money? It's just energy and energy makes things move. It is currency which is a flow. I have learned that money is also a mind set. I have set it high to attract more money. Lukewarm finances are UNACCEPTABLE to me at this point lol. Though it's a mind set it also requires action. I took 4 steps to find my financial success:
1. Find a mentor
2.Feel good about money
3.Talk to money and ask it where it wants to go.
5.Have gratitude for money when paying bills.

What you are experiencing is just a "meantime" situation. So in the meantime I'm happy your enjoying your icecream :)

Joy!
Ms. Simone

Tonee said...

I try to live every day like its the last day... sooo cliche! but seriously, you just don't know!

ps, i'll bring you icecream. <3

Liz said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one my age who still occasionally hits *zero* or also in my case, -0 lol.

missy. said...

well put.

i live like i want at that moment. if it's sucking peanut butter off a spoon in my sweats with my hair in a mess or if it's me dressed to the 9's at a high end restaurant. you have to make time/room for the things that make you happy.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

bravo.

good freaking post.

i feel like living gets put on the back burner most of the time.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

groupie for the underdog- I like you too- thanks for the sweet comment ;)

brandy- not cheesy at all, I really love you for that

stephanie- emotional spending? oh yeah, right here. totally.

Doniree- this comment literally made me cry a real tear. ;) thank you love. you're the bomb.

lindsay- absolutely reward yourself! especially when you're a student and you're working your butt off!

hannahustbreathe- I LOVE THAT QUOTE. Love alwyas profits in the end my friend...

profit from my closet- I absolutely love your philosophy. I couldn't agree more, money is energy and if you give is reluctantly you will receive reluctantly. I just read a book called the "energy of money" fantastic book. And starting your day with a "thank you" befor eyou set your feet on the ground is absolutely the key.... thanks for this comment, brightens my spirit to know there's people who think this way ;)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

summer- it does and I'm not down with that....nooope ;)

Clare Y said...

..."and chocolate chip simply won't serve you/you're an asshole."

That made me laugh out loud for real.

I've been thinking so much about budgeting and improving my financial situation, this post came at a perfect time.

Anonymous said...

You kill me, with joy, Chelsea! I believe,in my case, the only thing I can say, with total honesty,is that my particular total happiness has finally come. And,maybe that is because, I know it can't ever be"really perfect",on earth, we're here to learn how to be perfect & happy, as we were when we were born. And only then, will we be to happy,in every way.I think you have a steady hold on what you are striving for,and you will be and do it.I'm positive.I'd bet money I don't have, on you!!.And,I know too,that I have accomplished most of the things that I wanted to.And, some things I didn't want to, And, I don't fret, about the rest. I'm in a life that couldn't be better, even if I had enough money, a nicer place, a fancier car,better education,youthful beauty,fame, and on and on.I'm satisfied just being me, and having, my Jerry,to share with ..I believe that is how it is, at the" After Party",I would hope that everyone would be as happy ,as I am, without the agony,that I went throughto get here. of course, as they begin to enter the last ovation.. We would hope that people we knew, would keep that ovation going, and not be sad when it ends, only warm with the love we would leave them,lasting for eternity.I live now,hoping to see that gorgeous girl, that I have loved ,and will,forever, standing on a stage glowing ,in her first standing ovation!And beginning the best part of her life!

▲my• said...

I so loved this post. Not the part about you being broke of course, but but the overall it's-gonna-be-okay attitude of it.

Being a student just out of high school (crap. until now I'd never used that sentence. but there it is, i'm not a "kid" per-se anymore.) I'm not out spending an abundance of cash everyday. I'm not out living some extravagant life. I'm at home with my parents and little brother and probably will be until I've saved enough from various jobs to get me out of here, but as you said the money of the situation isn't what matters it's how we live.
I like to think I live with a sense of wonder about me. An "everything is an adventure" feeling. Knowing that even if I have no idea how I'm going to afford to take dance over the summer I'll figure it out and I'm not going to let opportunities pass me by. If all you have to your name is a dollar, a single dollar, it's not going to pay past debts for you you're going to have to find another source to cover that (and you will), but you can sure as hell take your mind off the shit in your life by buying yourself an icecream cone ! :)

michelle said...

thats a very good question. i'll have to get back to you on that ;)

Hater Von G said...

I live like my 2 year old son. I've since made something out of nothing. His imagination is contagious, so chimerical, so colorful. He'll eat a PB&J and devour it like it was a t-bone steak. He takes care of his posessions no matter how big or small.
I had/have a lot to learn from my 2 year old.

Feeling Just Right said...

Presently living by the promise of being extremely happy for my very very good friend who is getting married this year and going off to another continent thereafter. A lot of good will come off this for her and i'll make sure we welcome life's changes in a super fun way!

Renegades said...

Last year my husband went from a very lucritive pay check to being laid off. Now I can say the lesson was good for us. At that time we were just living the life going, doing, eating out, and boom it changed. The change was good for us because now we don't just live paycheck to paycheck and realize how inexpensive things or free things can make you just as happy!

lbluca77 said...

I try and live like a girl who as long as I'm laughing I can get myself through pretty much anything. It's cheesy, but laughter really is the best medicine. With icecream a close second.

Courtney said...

Get a job for Christ's sake. Even if you're bagging groceries, you can still chase your dreams of singing-and I believe, will STILL make it. But jesus, get a fucking job. Make your boyfriend get a serving job. You both sound lazy, and I have been reading your blog for almost an entire year, since june 2009. Sorry if this sounds harsh but geesh.

Susan said...

If only everyone thought like you...

Rasha said...

I needed this. Last night, before falling asleep, I sat there and was almost crying thinking bout the $$ I have in loans that I will one day struggle to pay... We don't have much money.. we dont drive fancy cars or fancy apartment, for now... but I can tell you that if I want an icecream i will purchase one...

and ps. i think it should be ICECREAM too!

Windsor Grace said...

I like your somewhat positive attitude about this. I am confronting these same issues right now and am finding solace in having very little. I'm usually a clothes whore.

LiLu said...

Do you have any idea how filthy money is? You're probably saving yourself from a super deadly disease.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

LiLu - ANNND. I Love you for this. right here.

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Doniree said...

Chelsea, you work harder than anyone I've ever known and those who know you two know that. You don't have to defend yourself, but you did it in true Italian fashion. OWN what you're doing, and continue to be grateful for the abundance that you do have, for the beautiful life that you defined for yourself.

Johana Hill said...

My husband would love this post! He has the same enthusiasm you described above about life. Being broke is not something he'll beat himself up for. He always tells me that money will always come so let's ride this rough ride with the love we have for each other.

You're awesome Chelsea! ;p

Clare Y said...

You should definitely disregard the Negative Nancy that replied thinking she knows what's best for you.

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Ashalah said...

I loved this. I needed this. Zero scares the shit out of me. I have never hit it (ok fine, YES I HAVE, but I was working a full time, salaried position and knew I'd have money in a few days) and the fact that I'm completely unemployed with no income or signs of a paycheck any time soon scares the CRAP out of me.

I haven't saved up any money for situations like these, in fact I spend my money on traveling. Did I need to go to NOLA and spend money I wasn't making? Why, yes, yes I did. Did I need to spend 3 months in Europe and spend every penny I had? YES I DID. I don't regret anything I've done so far. You shouldn't either. I kept telling myself, while I was down in NOLA, that it's only MONEY. I can make more of that. It's experiences like LIFE that we can't duplicate, can't make over again at a later time. It's better to live NOW than to look back and say ohh I wish I had done that instead of worry so much about MONEY.

I love your attitude, it's inspiring and an attitude we all need to take! Love you Chels!

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Nicole Leigh said...

I definitely live beyond my means and it scares the crap out of me. I write for a handbag blog and I'd actually like to be able to afford the bags I talk about. I feel like such a fake, but at the same time I don't know if I could live on nothing. I wish I could. I wish I could be a free spirit like that. I agree with your first commenter, that money equals freedom. there's so many things I want to do but can't because I'm too poor or rents due..

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Jessica said...

I love your blog! It makes me realize stuff about myself I never thought of before.....

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Ben said...

I'm confused, sounds like you don't need a job? I'm a journalist for the Consumerist. E-mail me ben@consumerist.com

Anonymous said...

I try not to live beyond my means. I put 10% of each paycheck away. I know, kind of lame but I would rather be broke then poor. Broke is temporary. I work for an Internet company, so it's mundane. I enjoy paying my light bill though and online shopping.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

anonymous- I need to get better about "saving" indeed....especially considering it's not always steady doing the work I do. But when I have money I like to enjoy myself, see my friends, go out, buy a bottle of wine- I still make sure to "treat myself" in whatever way I feel my soul is calling me to :) oh, and pay my bills :)

Ben- will do.

EP said...

I love this. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face today and for reminding me to be thankful for what I have... no matter how little it is.

I live below my means. I pay the bills on time. And I save up so I can have some amazing times. (: (Currently working on the last one...)

Here's to being broke and appreciating every moment of it. But not being this way forever...

Molly said...

Why did you link this on twitter? When you blog publicly, you open yourself up to critcism.
That is the Internet, and life.

shannon said...

Defensive much?

Brandi said...

I been working full time again since April and let me tell you being broke sucks!!!! Get yourself some money honey because we all gots problems. Even when I have money I still gots problems but atleast I aint eating no damn Ramen

Anonymous said...

Loves it! Only instead of Icecream I prefer a cupcake, yum !

Jessica said...

I much prefer not being in debt or broke. Because when I am it is all I can focus on. I can not see the beauty in the trees, children, icecream, whatever unless I know I have some saving in the bank. What is that called? Maslow's hierarchy of needs? I mean I could PRETEND to be above it, but I'm not. I am just human.

Anonymous said...

I jumped from twitter but I don't want to get dragged into this, I am 9er to 5er and I like my Vogue magazine, urban condo, and gym membership. Not the possessions themselves but the comfort in knowing that I work so I can afford to live the life I have always dreamed of. I am into photography but it is a hobby. If I did it full time I could not afford my lifestyle. As long as you are happy cest la vie!

Sarah said...

This post reminds me of gingersnap cookies my Grandma used to make me. :)

Terri said...

I am 52 years young and if there is one piece of advice I could give you it's save. I know I am from a different generation but I wish I would have been more serious about my finances when I was younger. IMHO.

Anonymous said...

I'm a hair dresses and I live below my means and I don't go on vacations go to spa or buy expensive clothes beause I plan on ~~~~~retiring early~~~~~~

Hessmiester said...

Money Equals Freedom. Final answer

Staschwa said...

Wow I just had a flashback to high school when Xanga was the hip thing and every other day there was drama about someone's reaction to someone else's post, etc.

I read your blog all the time. You found my blog randomly, so I returned the favor and read yours, subscribed, and so on.

As a blogger, and as a person, I always try to see the good in everything. What good does it do to judge someone else's life you only see in words on a screen? I saw that she apologized, but I don't see the point in even writing that first comment.

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all."

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Eek. Well this turned into something I was really not looking for it to turn into!

For the record- I love money- having itis awesome, I aspre to have a lot...I totally respect the people who works their asses off and have abundant bak accounts, I hope none of this blog infered that I didn't?
The point I was trying to make is, whether you have 0 or 100- what do you LIVE like... What's your spirit like, undefined by money :)
All positive stuff. Paying my bills makes me happy no doubt, in fact, I've never missed a payment!
This was more about the soul that we live with, the intention we approach our day with... And I'm learning you don't have to have a million dollars to live happily, and abundantly ;)

Holly Renee said...

I live like I am worth a million bucks. I love life and I try to live that way every day. I don't always remember my true worth but I'm usually reminded soon enough. I hope you get to enjoy many ice cream cones in the future!

Sarah M said...

Your Paris trip was my "volunteering" in Brazil. I also never have enough money for anything, but still manage to spend it on beer, clothes, and other misc that makes me happy. I think that's what it's all about.. that and not looking poor when you really are.

There are weeks when I do survive off the dollar menu alone. and it's delicious.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

I like your attitude.

1- one should always prioritize ice cream. Totally worth the last dollar
2- I tend to shop like theres no tomorrow, but generally only allow myself to shop sales or thrift stores. thank god for second hand

hope you have some positive dough heading your way soon! Thanks for stopping by :)

~Naomi

Anonymous said...

Peace and love hippies calling for censorship...........that's a new one

The Zhush said...

Loving your thoughts and insights here! LIVE! I get it.

Leona said...

This post is amazing. Really, it is. I'm glad that there are inspiring posts out there, because it really brightens up my day to know that people can still be happy and live life to the fullest in the face of adversity.

Good job, and yes, I agree, sometimes an ice cream cone is enough.

Claire Kiefer said...

Totally agree that money is best spent on things that make you (or someone else happy). Money problems almost always fix themselves . . . they're temporary . . . so enjoy your ice cream! :)

Kayla said...

I am not a worrier over money. But I didn't grow up with tons either. I know how to be happy and make my money work for me even when I'm "broke" to others standards. Live the life you have not the one you dream for.

http://ramblingofasmalltowngirl.blogspot.com/

Ellen said...

Ohmigod, this is SO me. I am broke pretty much ALL the time, yet if I'm dying for an ice cream cone or slice of pizza, I will spend my last dollar(s) on it. The pizza place down the street doesn't look at me funny anymore when I give them a handful of dimes and nickels!

www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

Jess said...

LOVED reading this post - you are so creative!! Keep up the good work (cliche, hahah, yes!)

Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you back again soon.

xoox
jess

http://CheapButChicClothes.blogspot.com/

Chelsea said...

I really liked this post. I just graduated from college and am terrified about not having any money, even though I shouldn't be. As long as I have enough to pay for a what matters (a house, food, etc.), it shouldn't matter!

Also, I ALWAYS write icecream as one word. Icecream.

Phoenix said...

I like to think that I really do "live" enthusiasm - in fact, I just got the greek root word for it ("entheos") tattooed on my lower back...and not with rent money, yikes.

I think life should be lived with abundance and without reserve and unapologetically full of icecream cones. :)

Sarah said...

Oh man, this post is great. I recently was laid off (along with all of my coworkers) at the exact same time that I started doing this Dave Ramsey financial planning thing. And now I'm riddled with guilt over how I completely lived beyond my means for my entire adult life. I once put 100 euros worth of cheese on my credit card. But Dave says foods the most important thing, so I'm down with spending your last dollar on icecream. Or cheese.

mn said...

If you are asking about the philosophy or spirit by which one lives, rich or poor, I live with the spirit that whether or not I have money, I have a life to live, and that means smiling at a stranger or talking to a friend or helping someone through a difficult time. You don't need money to do all these things. when i have money, it comes and goes, i definitely have freedom. and being older, I definitely know how money can give you choices, freedoms, sometimes some v. imp. choices and freedoms. the hardest part is when you have kids and you are down to your last dollar and have to wait a few days for a paycheck. but then i've also rounded up the nickels and coins to have enough for icecream. life is still good.

Mara said...

I'm broke broke broke right now but I'm trying to live :)

Amy said...

I'd be shitting bricks if I were down to my last dollar. Money is constantly on my mind, and we are actually in a pretty good place financially. I'm always thinking about the worst case scenario and while I recognize it's a drag, it's probably the only reason I've made it this far with no debt.

But if you're down to a dollar, an icecream sounds like a solid way to spend it :)

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

You only get it live once and tomorrow that day is gone FOREVER!

MissNeira said...

I so agree with you on this post.. (love it by the way) im a poor college student so I def know how it feels..but i enjoy it as much as I can..I dont stress over it..I have bigger bills to pay once I get a big girl job..so I just live

xoxo
Miss Neira

 
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