How do you REWARD yourself?

Rewarding yourself as an adult is kind of tricky. From childhood until the first year of college, my go-to “reward” was chocolate custard (OMG, yum). I stopped that habit for obvious reasons. A reward should not make you feel guilty. Or make you fat.

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From there I substituted shopping as my reward. I did it for years. But now I’m trying to cut back on excess purchases and only buy items that I absolutely adore. Of course, I’d love to treat myself to a beautiful pair of copper stilettos or a stunning embellished cashmere & silk scarf, but it just isn’t practical. I might get some good use out of them, but I need a type of reward that’s more reasonable. I can’t afford to reward myself with a $500 purchase every month, as wonderful as that would be!!

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So, what else is there to treat yourself to? I’ve considered splurging on random things like a coffee & tea maker (this one is on the top of my list) or an excellent blender (like the Vitamix). But these are totally not spur-of-the-moment splurge items! These are items you research extensively and wait for a good deal on. Right?

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Next, I considered splurging on massages or facials. But I’ve definitely had a fair share of crappy massages, and I break out about 50% of the time after facials. Ugh. The search continued.

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I finally came to the conclusion that my best treat is a good book. Nothing fancy. Nothing expensive. I admittedly hate to waste too much time reading non-medical things. But I’ll hopefully get a good amount of reading in during the first two weeks of each rotation, so I can justify reading a good book in the second two weeks. I’m so excited! Any good book suggestions?