As I have aged, the things I am passionate about have shifted. A lot of that comes from an increased awareness of the world I live in and a hefty dose of life experience.
For years, tossing down wads of cash for concerts or sporting events didn’t phase me. Now, it does.
I am not saying I never have fun anymore, but by cutting back on frivolous things I am able to do more good with my money.
It all starts with this question:
Where could those dollars that I used to use for concerts, sporting events, and theme parks make a stronger impact?
Need ideas? I have some!
1. Donate to help build a well so a school and community in another country (not as fortunate as ours is) has access to clean water.
2. Buy canned goods to help stock a local food pantry.
3. Contribute to a change drive that helps refugee children.
4. Buy a raffle ticket to help purchase a memorial brick at the Angel of Hope in honor of a student who passed away too soon.
5. Notice that someone at the restaurant you’re having dinner at is having a horrible day, then anonymously pay their bill.
6. Donate money to an animal shelter one of your co-workers used to volunteer at as a gift.
7. Have 10 trees planted in the National Forests to help fight deforestation on our planet.
That’s just seven ideas off the top of my head because they are things I’ve actually done. Each time I am able to use the money I’ve earned to help bring a little more light to this world, it feels more exciting than any day at a theme park or at the ballpark!
By being more purposeful in my spending, I am able to bring more joy to not only myself - but to others. Now, THAT is something I am passionate about!
Starting year 25 as a Journalism educator. Photographer. Mom. Nature-Junkie. Super Fan of Missouri State Parks and Conservation Lands. As a wise BJJTV alumni says, "Treat People Like People."