the year of you, day 70

Thursday, March 11, 2021 (Day 70)

Meditation Music: Warm in You: Liquid Mind (7:03) –

Question: What are your top considerations when purchasing everyday items (e.g. price, aesthetic, quality, vibe, something else)?

Answer: Typically, any purchase of everyday items is based on reviews and price. When I was younger, even 5 years ago, my purchase decisions were strictly based on price. I would even sacrifice quality for price in most cases. As I have gotten older and a LITTLE more financially secure, quality matters. For example, when I would buy frozen pizza, I always bought the store brand pizza, especially when it was buy one, get one free. I could get more pizza for a cheaper price. Lately, however, I got a great deal (buy one, get one free) on a Freschetta frozen pizza. Bought two Supreme pizzas and LOVED them! After trying other frozen pizzas, nothing tops Freschetta. I even got Rebecca involved, as we tried different frozen pizzas – and she agrees that Freschetta is the way to go! Now, I wait for them to go on sale so I can get several. So, I still make decisions based on price and quantity, but taste also matters now. With books, I actually won’t get a book unless I actually read the amazon reviews, read the “look inside,” and do a quick google search on the author’s web site. If I like what I see, I’ll either purchase the book (if it’s reasonably priced) or save it in my wish list file. The only other major purchase is golf equipment – and I will read and watch many, many videos and read articles that evaluate equipment before I make a purchase. And I do that for FUN! In fact, I’m sure that when I decide to retire, I could easily see myself being involved in golf in some capacity, whether it’s selling stuff, working as a ranger on a golf course, coaching, or something else. Golf has been the thing that has gotten me through this pandemic; it seems like when I’m out on the golf course, I’m not thinking about work, home, or anything else. I’m just out there playing, enjoying the view, and being at peace. Sports hasn’t always been that way for me, but I think it’s that way now. It’s more of an appreciation that I get to play and less about the winner-take-all mentality. This was a fun question to answer because it’s one that always makes me and Rebecca laugh. I’m ALWAYS trying to find the best deal!

Other Stuff

I was having a conversation with my friend Charles the other day and we were talking about kids and motivation. He has three young sons and he talked about the challenges of raising three young boys during COVID, especially when deal with school stuff. I thought I would share with him a great TED Talk by Rita Pierson, where she talks about some of the things she did to help build up a kid’s self-esteem. If you have about 9 minutes, check out this great TED Talk:

Yes, every kid needs a champion! Who will you be a champion for?


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