Michael on February 9th, 2009
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Last weekend, I did something I haven’t done in 12 years.

You: Play a round golf?

Nope. I still haven’t done that.

You: Oh! You watched a round of golf!

No!  I don’t do golf.  Last weekend, my family and I went skiing in Vermont.  It was only the third time I’ve ever been skiing and it was the first time for my 3.5 year old daughter.

You: How did it go?

Fantastic!  No broken bones for me and my little girl asking “Can we go on the chair lift again?”  A good time was had by all.  The weekend served as an excellent reminder of the importance of balance.  Having had just one day off in two weeks, I was ready for a break.  Spending it doing something athletic  -

You: Falling down on the greens doesn’t make you an athlete.

They told me there weren’t any cameras on that mountain.

You: That was a hill.

Argh. Still, it was great to be outside, comfortably cold, enjoying a new experience with friends and family.  I want to do it again soon,

You: Really?  Skiing is not cheap.

No, it’s not.  But like everything else, you can do it a fiscally responsible way.

You: How?

Mid-week lift tickets, for example.

You: How will you get all the way -

I live in New Hamphsire.

You: The one time it helps you!

Not quite, but I know NH is a mystery to some.  Point is that there’s a lot you can do for a little when you plan ahead.  Sometimes, these habits become hobbies and many hobbies can be healthy. One such example was featured in this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance: Positive Influence of Saving Money.

In that article, MoneyNing talks about a concept I’ve spoken about before: once you start saving, you actually like saving.  When you enjoy getting account statements because the balances are growing and when you start to earn interest instead of endlessly paying it, your financial outlook and your financial attitude change.

Another article featured in this week’s carnival was my article on not declaring bankruptcy.

What hobby or habbit do you have that you find endlessly and positively reinforcing?

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2 Comments to “Skiing through positive influence of saving”

  1. This post was timely for me. I travel and speak full time and when I’m in town, I work from the house. I was gone over the weekend and got home late Sunday. Most of the time I’m wired to jump back into work on Monday morning in my home office, but I decided to take the day off to hang with the family.

    The work piled up and I’ve got plenty to do today, but the time spent with my wife and daughters yesterday was way more important than anything I would have done sitting at my desk.

  2. Michael says:

    @Grant: Well said.

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