And it’s so easy to say “oh I know everything I need to know for my life” when I’m faced with possible growth and opportunity. But what I’m really saying is “I know enough to make the minimum of this part of my life and I’m choosing to stick with it.” Like my friend who settles for making bad tasting coffee every morning because she doesn’t move herself to discovering better coffee.
Yuck. NO. STOP IT NOW. There’s magic and growth still available to you. Continue to learn by being open to REDISCOVERING EVERYTHING you do. Start by making small changes to be in the EXPLORATION of your life. Switch your toothbrush to your other hand. Rearrange your furniture. Drive a different route to home from work. Make better coffee!So when a new idea was sprung up on me, I was giddy in the discovery of a new idea. After a 10 day road trip across America visiting 5 National Parks, my friends and I arrived in Denver, CO…and we went to Lululemon, as all yoga teachers do on vacation. I bought a pair of final sale yoga pants, and with my yoga teaching discount, it was in line with Budget Ben principles. My friend Jeff, who was on the trip with me said:
Jeff: Ben. How much were those pants originally?
Ben: about $120
Jeff: How much did you pay?
Jeff: Ok, so how much did you save?
Jeff: NARN (NO) BEN. YOU SAVED -70 DOLLARS. NEGATIVE SEVENTY. YOU SPENT 70 DOLLARS. NO MONEY WAS SAVED.
#facepalm. Yeah. He was right. Who cares how much I “saved” because in the end I paid $70 to Lululemon for pants. So expensive. I was fascinated and excited when he was yelling sarcastically at me because I was gifted an opportunity to rediscover budgeting in a new way. A brand new way of seeing what saving money means, a new way of being Budget Ben.
(Yes I kept the pants. These pants. Yes they’re amazing. They are so light, I feel like I’m not even wearing pants.)