How can we keep our eye on the prize and still celebrate?
December 21, 2009 8:48 AM Subscribe
How can my wife and I celebrate good things and not undermine the things we are working for? (i.e. no dining out, no purchases, no travels?)
posted by arniec to Human Relations (26 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Life can be so dreary and monotonous sometimes that when good things happen to my wife and I we would like to celebrate them. We used to celebrate by going out to eat or by purchasing an item that we've wanted for a while...but both of those have gotten us into trouble. We are working now to be more financially responsible, pay off credit card debt, etc. and we're also working on getting fit and losing weight.
As such, now we don't know how to celebrate. We're working so hard on getting fit we don't want to undo that for a meal eating out, and we don't really have the money to go buy expensive things in celebration.
So when good things happen (promotions, milestone weight loss, credit cards paid off) we say "We should celebrate" and then look at each other confused how to do it.
So far ruled out: dining out, purchasing things, trips (which are a combination of dining out AND spending money), and parties (lots of our desires to celebrate are private affairs, plus we're very busy as are our friends so it's really hard to get together often, especially spontaneously).
Some tips...we're fairly erudite, mid 30s, live in the midwest, not into hunting, boating, etc.