Spending Out: Do I need to save that for a special occasion?

Well here we are.  2018 already off and running and I’ve already smashed out my first book and even better, I’ve learnt something from it.  I mean technically I started the book last year, but I finished it this year so I’m totally going to count it.  It was Gretchen Rubin’s book from 2009 called The Happiness Project.  You may have heard of it, or you may have already read it.  It was a New York Times best seller back in the day, but I’m here to tell you that it’s still as relevant now as it was back then.

Spending out

You’re probably already thinking ‘Emma what does that have to do with the title of this blog post?’ So let me tell you.  There is a term Gretchen uses in the book called Spending Out.  For Gretchen that term had a few different meanings (you can read about them here) but the one that stood out for me was saving things for a special occasion… the special occasion that never arrives.

The first thing that came to my mind was the nice notebooks that I buy but never use because I’m saving them for ‘something special’.  If I use them they won’t be new anymore and that makes me sad.  I also thought of the nice pads of paper I have that you can use for craft and scrapbooking that I think are too nice to use also.

The example in the book was from one of Gretchen’s blog readers.  Her 86 year old mother had some demitasse cups that had become family heirlooms.  They were upstairs in a box because she didn’t have a display case.  They got her a display case one weekend so she was able to have them out and actually enjoy them.  Spending out: CHECK!!

I love that spending out story!!  What’s the point in having something if you’re not enjoying it.  You might as well not have it at all.  This also got me thinking about less material things I’m saving for later too.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that has numerous Pinterest boards full of recipe’s to try, craft projects, books to read etc, etc that ‘I’ll do later’.


So when is later?  Later is going to be now.

For starters I’m pleased to report that the beautiful notebook that sits beside my bed for ‘3am thoughts’ was actually used 2 nights ago.  I do my best (and craziest) thinking when I’m trying to fall asleep and I usually forget my genius ideas by morning its perfect.

I’m also going to start going through my recipe books and Pinterest boards and schedule in different recipes.  I’m a bit more motivated to do this now after deciding I need a bit more excitement in my life.  Being fussy has resulted in a rather small selection of dinner options we always fall back on.

And finally, I’m also going to schedule in some crafty projects I want to try.  Not only will this be fun (hopefully) it will also help me tick some things off my 35 before 35 list.


What type of things are you holding on to for a special occasion?  I’d love to hear about it!!









  1. January 6, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I love the Happiness Project Emma! It is such a great book and overall life philosophy. I have some nice wine glasses that I used to use but now I just let them sit on display instead of drinking from them. At some point I must have decided that I might break them so I stopped using them. I should go pour myself a glass right now because I love them!

    • January 6, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Isn’t it ever!! I loved it so much too. I feel like my house is full of new and exciting things I can use now. Definitely pour that glass!!!! 🙂

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