I did something exciting and out of character last night. I bought tickets to a money blogging conference over in Orlando, Florida in 2018!
Every year, personal finance bloggers and money nerds from around the world get together to discuss all things money and media at the FinCon expo. The event’s hosted at a different US location each time. This year’s conference was in Dallas, last year’s was in San Diego and the year before it was in Charlotte.
Over the course of four days there are lectures, mentoring sessions, and parties, giving money-obsessed weirdos like me a chance to learn new skills and meet like-minded people. I for one cannot wait!
Overcoming spending guilt
After spending the last 3 years saving for a deposit on my own place, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty when I typed my card details into the hotel website and waved goodbye to more than $800 for five nights in a hotel that isn’t even all inclusive. I’m broken.
I think it’s safe to say I need to stop being so frugal and let myself live! Travel is something I’ve really sacrificed over the last few years and unless I book any other trips between now and FinCon 2018, this will be my first trip abroad since I went to Tunisia in 2015. Even that was my first holiday in two years. I’m a poor excuse for a millennial.
Girls doing whatever the fuck they want 2017… and 2018
A little over a year ago, I remember sitting on the sofa with my then-boyfriend and trying to encourage him to come to Dallas with me. Since he wasn’t that keen, I decided not to go. I was a loved up little puppy and I couldn’t imagine having a good time without him. I figured I’d save my money for us to go on holiday together instead.
That never happened, but I guess it was all for the best because now I’m buying my own place and going on a solo trip to Florida like the independent woman I am! It’s scary but it also feels amazing. My flight, my hotel room, my cocktails, all these things will be paid for by me.
In a way, I now feel fortunate to be the spinster that I am. I can go wherever I want and I don’t need to worry about whether or not the destination is on bae’s holiday list too. I can do whatever the fuck I want! My brother’s girlfriend Noelle clearly bought me the key ring pictured below for a reason.
There’s never been a better time to recklessly drop £1,000+
For me, there’s probably never been a better time to drop £1,000+ on a solo 5 day trip to Florida. Sure, I’m in the process of buying my own place and in a few weeks’ time I’ll be parting with the largest sum of money I’ve ever spent in my life (the remainder of my deposit), but I’m fortunate enough to have a bit of excess cash in the bank to splurge on a luxury purchase such as this trip.
Yes, this money was supposed to be for furniture, but I can go without some pieces of furniture for a bit. I can use camping chairs instead of a couch. I can store my clothes on a portable rail instead of a wardrobe. I can sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor. Okay, maybe that last one’s a bit extreme.
Once I’ve moved into my place, have bought my furniture and have started paying bills, real life is going to hit me hard. I’m gonna be dragged into the real world kicking and screaming. I’ll have to factor any large expenses into my budget and either save up for them over a period of time or pay for it on credit. Obviously, being the conscientious spender that I am, credit is something I’d rather avoid if possible.
Turning my blog into a business
More than anything in the world, I want this blog to eventually become my full time job. I already make a bit of money from it, but all the money it currently makes goes straight back into growing it into a business. I also have to use money from my day job in marketing to keep it all ticking over. Over the last couple of years I’ve spent money on blog redesigns, hosting, fancy social media tools, online courses, and countless other assets that are helping it to grow.
I’m hopeful that going to #FinCon18 will be an investment too. I should learn new skills, meet other bloggers in the industry, and emerge from the event feeling inspired and motivated to turn this into my career.
Paying such a large sum of money to go to an event like this should give me the kick up the bum I need to actually do the very things that can help my business. It’s also a way of putting my money where my mouth is. I can’t put all this money into something only for it not to work. As cliche as it sounds, I need to act like failure is not an option!
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