There’s a phrase I keep hearing, a new buzz word – at least it is to me; ‘up-levelling’. I hear people that have made it saying they’ve ‘up-levelled’ their life; they only travel first class, they only drink champagne, they’ve finally got the Chanel bag that they’ve always wanted. These things or situations make them ‘feel’ that they’ve made it. And it got me to thinking how I could ‘up-level’ my own life. What could I do that would make me happier, that would make me feel like I’d made it in life, that I would do or buy if I had the money to? And what was realistically achievable from that list? So gradually I set about re-prioritising my money to invest in ‘up-levelling’. And it really didn’t put me any more out of pocket. So here is my list of how I ‘up-levelled’ my life:-
- I started buying fresh flowers for my house. This was something I always felt was only realistically going to appear in my house if it was my birthday or maybe from the odd generous visitor. And in fact it did start from that. A friend popped round with a bouquet of flowers and they lasted 3 weeks. It made me so happy, this little thing of having fresh flowers all the time, that as some started to wilt I bought a small bouquet for about £2 and just replaced them as and when. I continued to do this every week when I went shopping. Such a ridiculously cheap thing to do. For less than the price of a coffee (the currency I rank everything against) I could have fresh flowers in my house constantly!
- I started having my nails done. I went on holiday, the only occasion I would have my nails done, and booked a friend of a friend to come and do my nails. And when I met the girl who had been recommended to me I realised she was so cheap yet so accurate, that for £15 I could probably afford to keep this little treat up. But I got so much more from it than that. I made a friend. I thoroughly enjoy going to her house every 3 weeks and having a real good natter. We have a good laugh, we have a lot of mutual interests, and it turns out even our kids know each other. So it’s become more of a social event. And what I’ve come to find is these people that are just desperately working hard to start a little business are so eager to impress and do a fantastic job. They’re not some number in a big corporation; their business depends on their effort. So you often get a really good value and quality service. I also heard on a You Tube video on law of attraction, and I wish I could remember who it was to credit it to them, that rather than saying she ‘spends’ money she is actually ‘circulating’ it; she is ‘giving it to someone to feed their family in exchange for a service or goods’. And when you think about it like this you could almost argue that you’re supporting someone’s dreams and goals by having your nails done!
- In the same way I’ve come to have a massage every 2 months. I have always kept this up and genuinely believe it to be beneficial for my relaxation and therefore my migraines and general health, so it’s another investment in me! Again, the lady is working from her home to support her family and the value I get from her far exceeds the service I’ve had in bigger businesses. We’ve come to know each other well and I really look forward to catching up with her and having a little treat while I’m there.
- I got myself an ironing lady! Now in reality I’ve only used her once, but I know I can ring her again any time I get overwhelmed. And the £12 for a massive bag of clothes was so worth it. When I thought what £12 meant to me as opposed to losing 2 hours of my life to stand and iron, it was a no-brainer. And she too was just a mum trying to start a little venture to earn some extra cash for the family. I knew she’d do a better job than I would, and she far exceeded my expectations. In fact she was so good I had to confess to my husband that I’d had some help as they were too perfectly ironed to be down to my handy work!
- I signed up to a food delivery service. Wow, this has been a life-changer! My whole family will eat nothing other than some form of frozen breaded meat and some form of frozen breaded potato to go with it. Not the diet for me. I love my food. I’m a real foody. I’m not ashamed to say that food makes me happy! I was getting totally overwhelmed trying to cook myself a different meal every night. So I signed up for this deal where I get the recipe card and the sauces and I buy a few fresh ingredients myself; a much cheaper option for me than having the whole lot delivered. And the food I’ve been making is nothing short of restaurant quality! In fact I’m almost gutted to say it attracts the rest of them to just try a bit, and I’m soon sharing my amazing food with the whole family that had no interest in different tastes prior to this! And the best thing is that I’m eating fresh food that’s cooked from scratch, so I feel like I’m eating less processed food, which again is something I’m really trying to do to alleviate my migraines.
So they’re my little perks and treats that make me feel like I’ve up-levelled in life. And because they all haven’t really cost me any more money because they’ve just become the priority to pay for over things I used to buy, I hope I can keep adding to that list as and when I think of things that I’ve always thought were just for the privileged, but in reality I can attain myself!
So what could you do to up-level your life? It could be the simplest of things, like adding fresh flowers to your home, or maybe you’re going to go straight for the ‘only travelling first class’! Whatever it is, start a small change today and build on it. Integrate things slowly if needs be, but don’t spend your life thinking a better life or help with the jobs that overwhelm you are unobtainable and only for people better off than you. Do a good deed and ‘circulate’ your money to help someone else, and in the process build yourself a better, easier and more enjoyable life!