• The Best Things In Life Are Free

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by Elaine in Budget Conscious, Thoughts and Musings.

    I’m sure you have heard this saying before:

    The best things in life are free.

    Sure, anything free is always good, right?

    Free treats for my dog when I go to Petco or Le Pain Quotdien in Central Park. Free chocolate truffle every month when I go to Godiva. Free samples at Sephora. Free shows during Summer Stage. Free Shakespeare in the Park. Free Philharmonic in the Park. There are lots of free things in New York City if you are resourceful enough to find them :) .

    But FREE isn’t always good if it’s not good for what you need now.

    I’ve been to clubs with free bottle service. Drowning myself in loud club music and surrounded by alcohol and the 4am crowd is not what I would call good therapy for the soul. It’s definitely fun once in a while but when I look for FREE now, I look for FREE that is also good for my body, mind, and spirit.

    As I’m continuing on my journey that I’ve begun the past year, I have learned to live a more simple and frugal life. Quite a change from my Wall Street or television anchoring days when I had to look my part. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop and still love my Madison Avenue fashion houses. But I have discovered over the past year, that the best things in life ARE free. The only trick is, you have to know what exactly that is FREE that is also GOOD for you in mind, body, and spirit.

    Fountain in Central Park

    The one thing that is free that has added so much value to my life is Central Park.

    The fresh air, trees, Nature, and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s the best therapy a person can get without having to shell out thousands to see a Park Avenue psychologist.

    Escaping to Central Park allows me to think and clear my head and always inspires and encourages me to move forward in the right direction.

    Strawberry Fields in Central Park

    Lately I’ve been frustrated with things in my life not where I want them to be right NOW. Like an impatient city girl, I want things to happen NOW both personally and professionally.

    I realized during my walk with my dog in Central Park today, that things will happen when they are supposed to happen. Not just for me, but for you too :) . Central Park always seems to help calm me down and clear my head from negative thoughts. Seeing people feed squirrels that are unafraid, meeting friendly New Yorkers and their dogs, and the beauty and tranquility of the park, how could anyone still retain a negative thought?  Even my little one reaps the benefits of this freebie we call Central Park!  She is one smart cookie!

    my little one loves Central park!

    So if you get frustrated at times that things in your life are not where you would like them to be, just take a deep breath and find something “free” in your area to take your mind off what is frustrating you. It could be your nearby park, playing with your neighbors dog, having a really great conversation with a good friend, or getting a hug from someone you know truly, genuinely cares about you. These things are FREE!!!

    It could be taking a stroll by the beach if you are lucky enough to live close to one. Or maybe visiting your nearby public library to read a good book. Think outside the box and try doing something FREE today that is also GOOD for you.

    It can give you a different perspective on your life.

    Too often people find other ways to try to feel better that aren’t always beneficial. New Yorkers tend to party hard and drown their frustration with alcohol or drugs. A lot of New Yorkers smoke cigarettes or drink lots of caffeine to try to reduce the stress in their lives when in actuality nicotine and caffeine aggravates stress. Other people suffer from stress-induced eating and eat pizza, cupcakes, candy, junk food, fast food to help make them feel better… only temporarily. Stress-induced eating often leads to obesity and depression. And others use casual sex to help them temporarily relieve tension that only adds to mental anguish and distress.

    Doing anything for the wrong reason or wrong motivation always leads to a worse result.

    So take some time today to think about what is free around you that can be of benefit to your body, mind, and soul. Yes, some of the cities my readers live in (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York) are all expensive cities. Just know that what is good for your spirit can be inexpensive or even FREE and is usually something that is right under your nose :) .

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