I have often told my husband that I love going to bed at night because it is kind of like going to the movies. I have always had multiple vivid dreams each night that I clearly remember the next day. Most are dramatic and some even far fetched. But sometimes I have a dream that seems like a regular, ordinary day. Up until now, I have not had a dream that inspired a blog post, but I thought this would be fun to write about.
I had a dream that I was in a shop that sold one of a kind items like antiques and finds from the shop owner's travels. I was looking around and a man approached me thinking that I worked there. He had been looking at some old carved doors that were hung on the wall. He wanted to know why they didn't exactly match. I guessed that he didn't realized that they were handmade and started to explain that the doors were carved out of a dark exotic wood by hand and that there were bound to be mistakes here and there. I told him I thought it added to the charm. He liked this answer and it seemed to make him like the doors even more. I could tell he was torn about buying them. I asked him what was keeping him from purchasing the doors. His answer was what we all might have said, that it was a little more money than he would normally spend for something like that. I piped in with my advice (because apparently the dream version of me is less of an introvert).
I told him I had three criteria an item had to fit before I splurged on it. Number one, it had to be something that I couldn't find anywhere else and that I couldn't DIY myself. Second, I had to really, really love it. If I go home and all I can think about is that item and if the idea of someone else buying it fills me with fear, then I know I really love it. And third of all, it can't break the bank. I have turned down a million things I really wanted but it would have negatively affected our finances that month. The things I splurged on were more expensive than I normally would spend but still within what we had to spend.
The man in my dream called his wife to tell her about the doors and he ultimately bought them. When I woke up I started to think about the things I have splurged on over the years. Now my "splurges" deserve to have quotes because I am sure to many people they are not that expensive, but for us, at that time, they were. I have bought a few light fixtures that were considered pricey for me but I just fell in love. Our leather couch was bought when we were super poor with one little baby. I just knew I needed leather if I was going to have little kids to clean up after. The frame was broken so we got a killer deal (which was still a lot for us) and I was able to fix the frame. It has served us well for many, many years. There have been small things along the way that were bought when the budget was tight or almost non-existent that still make me smile. Usually the things I splurge on have a story behind why I wanted it. Sometimes it is because I had one just like it in my home while growing up or it reminded me of someone. My mom always splurged on antiques. You can read about her home HERE.
I would love to hear about something you splurged on. That is kind of why I decided to write this post. I love to hear stories like this! Please feel free to share about something you splurged on or even something you regret not getting.
I can't wait to read your stories!
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