Back in August, I was talking with a friend. She was telling me how she saves money for special things. At the end of every day she opens her wallet and takes out any $5 bills and stashes them. It adds up and she’s able to treat herself to special things.
I went home and thought about it. While $5 is too much for me to stash, I often have $1 bills in my wallet at the end of the day. I decided I would try her method and see if I could keep out of the stashed cash.
I did. It worked. Over the course of four months I stashed $1 every time there was one in my wallet and I remembered to look at the end of the day. I didn’t count it, just stuck it away.
Last week I counted.
And I had to think.
I had originally started putting the cash aside for a tattoo I wanted. It has been such a crazy year, I had designed a bit of art to commemorate the events.
I was now torn.
Since I had started saving, things had changed. Christmas wasn't looking so hot, things were tight.
Then good things started to happen.
I got a card in the mail from one of my favorite people. With a check, to help with Christmas. Inside she had written “I remember” It touched me. I know she had been where I was.
A dear family friend decided to purchase Santa gifts for the kids. She had extra this season, and has loved our family for 8 years.
Being on the receiving end of help is hard. Very hard.
I was still torn.
Then I got offered a job stage managing a holiday concert. 2 days of work. It fit perfectly into my holiday schedule. And the fee will pay for Christmas.
My parents offered to help too, but since I got the Christmas concert, I won’t need it.
And because I don’t need it, I felt okay about using my saved cash for its original purpose.
So, Sunday I went and got my art done. It’s different from my other tattoos and I was nervous it wouldn't work, but I adore the art.
It turned out great. totally wonderful.
I got one on my back and a small one on my wrist. Doing them at the same time made so much for sense, the small one only took about 10 minutes, and I didn’t need to pay for the setup and equipment, since she was already using it on my back.
The text around the rose is a quote from Alice - "it sounds uncommon nonsense"
I am happy.