Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is This Product Worth The Frustration Of Working For It?

The rate at which I've been saving money lately is ridiculous. I've always been a saver, but this is like saving on steroids and it's not easy. I'm trying to avoid dealing with Sallie Mae as much as possible. The problem is, I really like to reward myself with stuff, usually makeup... especially lipstick. When I think to myself, "Do I deserve this _____?" The answer will always be "YES", so I had to change the question.

While sitting at my desk, I'll browse the internet for "stuff" that I want to purchase. I'll even put it in my cart so that I can see the shipping & handling fees. I look at the final cost and then I wait. I sit there and I wait for something frustrating to happen at work.

Sometimes the wait is long, other times it's not long before something frustrating happens. It's at this moment that I go back to my shopping cart and ask myself a different question. "Is this ____ worth 2-3 hours of this frustration?" The answer to that is usually "No".

I never ask myself, "Is this worth 1-hour of my time?" and here's why. In order to get to work, I've got to invest in gas for my car and a ticket on the Metro North. That cost money. So, if I want to purchase anything, it's going to cost me money to get to work & the money I make while at work.

I've also been thinking, instead of paying me in currency, how would I feel if at the end of a 2 hours of work, I was handed my shopping cart items. How would I feel happy about that exchange?  Is that ____ still worth it to me? By changing the question and ultimately my thinking, I've felt no way about not engaging in retail therapy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Don't Give Up After A Bad Exam

Last week, I took my first Anatomy and Physiology exam. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I was literally shaking as I walked into the lecture hall. This class is a bit special because the admission team will be specifically looking at my A&P I and II grades on their own. Additionally, this is the first time my exam didn't come strictly out of our textbook.

My professor is covering material above and beyond what is in our textbook, 70% of the material was from our book, the other 30% will come from her lectures and she doesn't allow you to record her lectures You've got to keep up with your notes. This is my first time dealing with a professor that taught like that. That's why I was so nervous going into the exam. Suppose I missed something during her lecture? For the first time ever, I had to pair up with another student.


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