For a long time, I had the terrible habit of saving the good stuff for “someday.”
Okay—in full disclosure—while I recognize this tendency these days, I still find myself tempted to hold onto things rather than enjoy them:
- A lotion or scrub that I want to save for a special treat.
- A journal I’m afraid to start because once I do there’s no going back.
- Art supplies that are so beautiful when they’re new and fresh.
- Dishes or serving pieces that I only use for a special occasion.
For most of us, things like luxurious body products and journals are a small part of our budgets (and things we often receive for gifts), yet we hoard them as if they cost as much as a monthly mortgage payment.
I’m not suggesting that we take them for granted or become entitled about them, but leaving them on the shelf for someday isn’t really treasuring them either, is it?
I’m certain that this mindset led to the overwhelming amount of stuff we accumulated during our first five years of marriage. I remember cleaning out the upstairs closet in our tiny townhouse before we moved into our current home and just shaking my head at the number of lotions, creams, scrubs and sprays that I hadn’t been using regularly for fear of “using them all up” and then not having them to choose from.
Holding onto these things stems from the same place that leaves us needing to be reminded to buy new underwear or make time for something we love. I’ve discovered through conversations with other women that it’s a common mindset, but let’s face it: it’s just silly!
These things were made to be used, and every day is a special day, if you choose to see it that way.
So pull out the rich body cream you received for Christmas and use it. It’s good for your dry winter skin and your soul.
Use that new journal or sketchbook. Yes, the marks you make are permanent, but those books shouldn’t be for just writing or drawing what’s perfect; they should be about honestly capturing the process. Share what’s really in your heart, not what you think someone would want to read. Try new things without worrying about a sketch gone bad.
Pull the china out for a Tuesday dinner, hold a fancy tea party on a Friday morning, decorate with streamers just because you’re thankful to be alive.
You are worth pampering, and today is worth celebrating!
Do you hoard special things for “someday”?