I am now on Day 14 of my new non smoking life. Overall, I think I have been doing ok with the cravings and carrying on with life as normal.
I purposely did not plan to stop when I had a quiet period with nothing to do and nothing stressful on the horizon. Most say that you should plan for quiet for a period, until you wean yourself away from cigarettes. Like with everything though, I like to do things my own way. My life isn’t naturally quiet or stress free so I see little point in hiding away. I prefer to deal with every situation as it comes.
My aim is that at the end of the first month, I will be craving free and I can turn my back on that part of my life completely. The journey is different for everyone but given the progress I’ve made so far, I feel it is achievable.
Feeling strong and excited today, I thought it was time for my hit list of things I want to buy with my regained money. Being the sensible kind, despite having previously blown £180.00 away in smoke each month, some of it will go on sensible things but the rest, is play time.
Top of the list has to be going to a Formula One race. I have opened a new bank account, entitled “F1” and money will now be going in there every month to fund a European race next year.
Next on the list? A watch. Why? I don’t own one and haven’t for years. Watches are one of the things that I believe you need to invest it. There is nothing worse than having a tacky piece of plastic hanging on your wrist. I’ve never owned a watch because I have never had the money to spend on a decent one.
I found this at the back of my wardrobe the other day. Hideously tacky, but as a savings box it will serve it’s purpose and save my pound coins until I have enough for the watch I want. I can take my time (haha) with this one, having previously used my mobile as a clock all these years, I am in no rush.
Number three, inevitably is shoes. Not just a pair of shoes. “The” shoes. I’m not talking about buying a pair of Louboutins either. Although I love them, me being me I would no doubt manage to scuff the heel or scrape the front. I would be too scared to wear them.
Instead, I have found a website called Shoes of Prey which let you design your own shoes. I have done that and after a few months of putting some money aside, I will have the shoes I have always wanted, but have never been able to find.
Lastly, to offset in a small way some of the frivolous and self related spending, I am upping my monthly charity contribution. If I can now afford to buy myself all of the above, I can certainly afford to spend more than £2 a month on charity.
So there we go. That is my little ex smoker hit list of purchases. Now time to put action into plan and then reality.