Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. I myself got back from a quick trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday evening. A good friend got married (beautiful wedding!) and I also had a chance to catch up with my friends at Michigan. All in all, it was a great chance to reconnect with so many people who are important to me.
Today I’d like to share an excerpt from a post written by Annie of Turning Pages. I initially stumbled upon her post because she linked to Jess LC, but I really love her perspective on how we should reward ourselves for a job well done. Take a look at the beginning of the post below and then hop over to read the full piece on her blog.
Hi, my name is Annie, and I believe in retail therapy.
Perhaps this comes as a shock to you. I mean, don’t I strike you as a fairly rational, practical being?
After life’s particularly difficult moments have been overcome, I believe in a little self-indulgence. Prizes, if you will.
Impress the boss at work? Prize.
Stay up late to finish writing that paper? Prize.
Help your law student husband pass the bar exam? Prize.
Burn dinner and manage not to cry? Prize.
Successfully make it through another week? Prize.
This may sound excessive. But before you call Jordan and warn him that his wife has a problem, take note: He already knows, and he approves. Or at least, he too, has succumbed to the power of the prize.
Finish law school? Prize.
Pass the bar exam? Prize.
Get a new job? Prize.
I should probably clarify that prizes don’t have to be expensive. In fact, sometimes the gifts I give myself don’t cost a dime. If I successfully make it through 50 pages of Plato’s Phaedrus, I reward myself with an episode of Glee. If I study all day Saturday, I go out to dinner with Jordan Saturday night. If I finish my work assignment on time, I drink a Coke.
This process isn’t so much retail therapy as it is a rewards program.
And it works.
So this week, when I came this close to withdrawing from graduate school â€” the paperwork was in my hand â€” I came up with the perfect reward to help me make it through the semester.
Continue reading Annie’s post here.