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Just Be You (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 11, 2012 @ 9:04 pm In Frugal Friday,Joyful Womanhood | 12 Comments

Feel right in your skin. Be you. It won’t cost you a dime.

In our culture, we spend a lot of time and money trying to be that which we’re not. I imagine that between the make-up, the surgeries, the weight loss programs, and the self-help industries, we spend a lot of time, money, and mental energy trying to change ourselves.

Now, I’m not against change. I think I have a lot of weaknesses, even sinful tendencies, that could do with a good dose of change. Change, in many instances, is very, very good.

There are other areas, though, where we fret and worry and try to be somebody we’re not. We feel pressure to keep up with the Joneses, to become the Hostess with the Mostest, to outdo someone on the Church or School Committee.

We don’t feel right in our own skin [4], so we try to be someone else.

And yet, we’ll save a lot of money — and a few worry lines — if we accept some of our own innate personality traits and preferences.

I don’t love sports. I don’t wear make-up. And I think that Pumpkin Spice Lattes sound (and taste) gross. Athletic clothes, excessive make-up purchases and PSLs are just not how I spend my money.

I don’t like lying or being lied to, so I keep my social circle small. I’ve been burned before, in part, because I tried to fit someone else’s mold of how I should dress, think, or ask. It was a costly mistake, but one I’ve learned quite a bit from.

I don’t have to pretend. I can be me. Being me doesn’t cost anything. I’d have to pay a price to be somebody else. And I’m not sure it’s worth it.

Being me is a great way to stop and smell the roses.

The days are long, but the years are short. I don’t want to miss them! For more short and sweet ideas on how to stop and smell the roses, to enjoy the little things in life, check out my 31 Days to Smell the Roses series [5].

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