• Lara Flanagan

Day 13 - 360 days

Day 13 – Saturday 16th January 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66 kg– 4.8 kg lost in 13 days

Calories: under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 13 of 13)

Exercise: 60-minute walk, 26-minute yoga.

To continue from yesterday, I have just survived my first social occasion and not indulged. Normally when I have dinner with Mum and Phil, Phil and I share at least one bottle of wine. Tonight, I had soda water and have returned home stone-cold sober and it is a bit of a revelation. Firstly, it has made me realize that maybe I can do this, though in reality it is only day 13 of 360 so it is a bit early to be getting cocky. Secondly, this evening I didn’t really miss drinking wine. That was the biggest surprise for me. I didn’t drink and I didn’t miss it.

You could earn more if…

A 360-days musing......

I was at the Tenterfield Markets today selling my prints, cards, and calendars. I have a pretty market stand. Luckily, the Tenterfield Markets have beautiful timber trestle tables I can use so I don’t have to worry about investing in market tables. My stall looks lovely. I have old timber soft drink crates that I use to create levels and for keeping my Square payment processor, wallet, keys, pens, and scissors. All my wood prints are on timber easels. My calendars are wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. My greetings cards are in cardboard boxes.

My stall looks lovely and I am proud of my little venture. I was chatting to a friendly couple today and was a little surprised when the man said to me, “you could make a lot more money if you took these to the city and had a few more products.” The wife then chimed up in agreeance, “oh yes, you could definitely make more money if you did a bit more.” At that stage, I got a little glass-eyed and just nodded a lot.

Why do we automatically assume that everyone wants to make more money? Would I like to make a little more money? Of course. I would love my photography to be 100% of my income rather than 30%. Maybe I would even like a little gallery and a shopfront one day. But I am a fan of slowly, slowly, and right now I am happy with where I am at.

When people talk about earning more money, I simply want to ask them why? Why do you think it is a good idea to earn more money? What burning desire drives them to want to earn more money? Ultimately most people don’t do much with their extra earnings apart from buying more stuff and getting into more debt. And if you don’t want more stuff and are trying to avoid debt, then there is no sane reason for one of your burning ambitions to be, “earn more money.”

The last thing I want is an overwhelming desire to earn more money. I am happy with my earnings; admittedly it would be lovely if they could go a little further. But to achieve that, I would rather have less than work more. Working more and having fewer hours is the last thing I want.

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