I distinctly remember a conversation I had with an acquaintance when I was a brand new NP in my late 20s.
I did not have children yet, but I had made some poor money decisions (traveling and shopping outside of my means mostly).
The woman chatting with me (who was 10-15 years my senior) said "Oooooooh, I can only imagine how much money you make. You're a nurse practitioner!" She added "If I were you, I would go get a Starbucks every day! I would pay someone to clean my house! I would buy whatever I wanted."
What she didn't know:
What I didn't know:
So - what does any of that have to do with me taking my lunch
to work every day as an adult?
The truth is, everything.
My plans for this post were to include healthy lunch tips. I was going to post pictures of a variety of healthy lunches I have made and taken (those don't happen during baseball season). I was going to calculate the money I have saved over the past 12-15 years I have been brown-bagging my lunch.
But here's the truth. This is why I take my lunch every day. Are you ready?
And I guess me laying all that out to you, friends, is the point. I like the truth. I like the real WHY.
I see through the frivolities in life and I shudder at the brand-chasing and label-seeking that drives so many.
There is no dollar amount one could pay me to give up my kindergarten-style lunches.
It's what I need at this moment right now, and it keeps me sane.
Time is my Starbucks - freedom is my housekeeper.
To write, to think, to create, to build something from nothing.
That's what I chase.
Until then, there's homework and practice and rehearsal and charts.
Laundry and dishes and puberty and a tired Mom pouring her heart out on the internet.
Find your "lunch" --- figure out what keeps you off the edge and what you really want to chase.