Self-Improvement Isn’t Cheap!

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time and money trying to change. Most of the changes were necessary while others were strongly suggested.  Some changes stuck and led to positive behavior. Quite a few hung around for a bit but slipped away when I lost interest. As to the strongly suggested ones, well, those depended on whether or not the person who suggested them was still around. I know that I’ve made more changes over the past years than I can list. I’ve probably forgotten many and some are none of anyone’s damned business!

Money, money money:

  1. Therapy – the best and most important of the lot
  2. Gym memberships and/or trainers – this includes sneakers, classes and workout clothes $$$ I’ve joined my local park district gym for $25 a month. Nice and cheap.
  3. Weight Watchers – also worth it but it got pricey
  4. Joining a synagogue – life changing and worth every penny

The free ones:

  1. Walking with friends – I miss this one
  2. Turning all electronics off at 9 pm – this is tough but helps me sleep better
  3. Cutting down sugar – it about kills me some days but I know it’s good for me
  4. Quit smoking – 15 years smoke free!
  5. Learning to play guitar. I do wish that I could take lessons but alas, not right now

The point of this? Some days I don’t give myself enough credit for trying. I sit and whine about how I haven’t achieved anything. I tell myself that I’m a quitter. I bemoan the fact that I’m stuck and can’t change.  This partial list reminds me that none of these are true. I can change, I’m not a quitter, I can get unstuck. Sometimes help is costly. Sometimes it’s free.  Resources are always available.  So even though you may not see the changes or even know that I’m trying,  an occasional “You rock” will do me a world of good.  I promise to do the same for you.



About Julie Brandon

60ish poet/playwright/blogger living near the Windy City
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