Hi Readers! I get so many great questions from you all, and many times you are asking questions about situations that other people are running into as well. I follow a fellow wedding photographer, Jasmine Star, and on her blog, she has a great feature where you can send her a question and she’ll answer it on her blog. Seeing how well that works on her site got me thinking that would be a great solution for sharing the responses I help readers out via email. Hopefully your question or dilemma can help others too!
If you’d like me to answer a question for you here on the blog send me an email with your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please write: Reader Question. I’ll change all identifying info so no one will know it’s you but me and you. I most likely won’t be able to answer every single question but I’ll try to let you know ASAP if your question will be getting selected for inclusion in a post. If your question doesn’t get selected, remember you can (and should) post about it in the Community section of the site. Get and give support! It’s a great resource!
Well, let’s go ahead and get started with the first question…
I recently started the Spending Fast (February 2015 – February 2016) and have a quick question: I have one thing that is really a “must have” this year – I got into the Berlin Marathon (it would be in September). I know that this would be very costly and goes against the Spending Fast ideology, but it’s really hard to get into now. Would you suggest doing the Spending Fast for six months and then doing the Spending Diet for the rest of the year so that I can afford Berlin? Or should I skip Berlin and hope that I get in sometime in the future?
Run Fast or Get Out of Debt Fast
Dear RFOGOODF (omg that’s silly;),
Berlin sounds amazing! And congratulations on getting into the marathon! You know, you called it a “must have” so that tells me right there how important it is to you. The Spending Fast isn’t about ruining your life just to get out of debt. Yes, it will most definitely suck at times, there’s no doubt about that but you’ve got to remember what “makes you tick” is a priority and that matters! Your idea of doing half a year of the Spending Fast and half a year of the Spending Diet sounds like a brilliant compromise so you can still make tons of headway with getting out of debt but also do something that is meaningful and important to you. You could also do the Spending Fast for the entire year like you planned. When you create your Wants and Needs list you get to determine what is a priority to you in your life. If the Berlin Marathon is a “must have” as you say, then it should absolutely go on the Needs side of your life. Just because I didn’t have Berlin on the Needs side of my list doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Our lives are different and your Wants and Needs list will reflect that. Also! Just so you know, throughout my Spending Fast I did continue to do my photography exhibits. They were important to me so I had to keep going with them. I, of course found super cheap ways to continue to do them but I did keep participating in them!
Ultimately, you’ve got to trust your gut. Do what feels most right to you.
“Must Haves” Matter,
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