Hello Dear Readers,
It’s funny, but when I was first considering all the challenges to my financial well-being this year, I never considered my goals being among them. Goals are good things to have, right? Striving to improve oneself, and all that.
But goals do cost you. For example, say you decide to take up running. You’ll need to buy a good pair of running shoes. Maybe a gym membership, or a treadmill, or–if you want to run outside, some outdoor running gear. As you get more serious about your running, you may find yourself spending more on groceries. You may even enroll in a running clinic to learn how to improve your stride. And, should you get competitive, there are those race registration fees….
That’s only one example.
For me, it’s my kickboxing goal that is getting expensive. The gym membership is currently free, thanks to the prize The Boy won for me at the last fight night, but then I have the mandatory boxing class ($50). Lately I’ve been too sore and worn out after class to run after two buses, so I’ve been relying on taxis ($13 each time). There’s the personal trainer ($250), healthy high-protein food at the grocery store, massage therapy and chiropractor bills, etc. I will eventually need to get a better pair of shin pads, too ($120). I don’t begrudge any of it, and I know some of the expenses (the personal trainer, for instance) are my own choice. When it comes time to take my green armband test and fight, I’ll be glad I spent the money.
My writing goals, when I get back to them, will cost as well. My membership fees to writing organizations are several hundred dollars, not to mention the cost of all those query letters, self-addressed stamped envelopes, paper, printing, etc. It seems nothing worth pursuing (except maybe love) is free.
Thankfully, I’m able to compensate for these extra expenses with freelance work, or my bottom line wouldn’t be as healthy as expected.
How about you, Dear Readers? Do you ever notice that your goals come at a price?