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Day #2: Most significant 2012 expenditure


What was your most significant expenditure in 2012?

It doesn’t have to be necessarily the biggest expenditure, just the one with the most impact.

What difference has it made to your life?

I needed to think a little about this.  For the most part, 2012 has not been a year of spending money on “things.”  Yes, I bought a Kindle Fire and I mostly like it, but it comes with negatives as well — providing more distractions than I need.

Beyond that, I really can’t think of any other material object I’ve spent money on this year.  Then, it came to me …

This summer, I spent about $1,000 on me.  I went to Caples Lake.

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For four days and three nights, I did my thing.  I wrote a draft of The Marfa Lights screenplay.  I worked on a story.  I painted and tried to sketch.  I kayaked the lake.  Had a great conversation with another writer and her photographer husband at the Kirkwood Inn.  I made the absolute best tacos ever.

What I learned was that I was OK being by myself and while I was I made more of a point to have conversations with strangers — the couple at the restaurant, the guys who worked at the cabins where I stayed — than I might otherwise.  This is one of the things I believe I need to do — seek people out, find out what their stories are instead of staying safely in my bubble.

 

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4 responses to “Day #2: Most significant 2012 expenditure

  1. Trent Lewin December 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Hey then come to Canada already. We promise you a sterling time, cold winds and hot fires, beer all day and night, and excessive grumbling about a hockey strike. We also have some wonderful artists and writers especially.

  2. Debra December 3, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I have a love-hate relationship with traveling alone. I always dread it and find a dozen times along the way that it would have been handier to have someone with me (saving my seat at the crowded airline gate while I run to the bathroom comes to mind) but when all is said and done, some of my best memories are of far-away places with people I only knew for the moment. I’d say you spent your money wisely.

    • kingmidget December 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

      I, too, have a love hate relationship with traveling alone. I enjoy the time and opportunity to do my thing, but frequently wish I had the opportunity to experience whatever it is that I’m experiencing with somebody who would appreciate it.

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