This week, I got a new car. New to me, anyway. For those of you who have done this recently, you’ll be able to understand me when I say that it’s thrown me completely for a loop. I walked around a parking lot for longer than I care to admit looking for my old car, I couldn’t figure out how to stop the back windshield wipers from operating when there hadn’t been rain in a week and I completed the oh-so-important step of getting all my things put in the new car in ways that worked for me.
Why did I get a new car, you may ask? While I sold myself on the practical reasons (My old car was getting older, had lots of mileage, was going to start to need expensive work…) I’m also not naive enough to realize that a large part of the decision was an emotional one made on the fact that I wanted it. I had spent four years in my last car regretting the decision and I didn’t feel happy driving it. I didn’t feel good about the car and most importantly, I didn’t like the way it made me feel about myself. You’re probably thinking to yourself that I’m about the most shallow person you’ve ever heard of, right? Hear me out.
The old car I bought in a hurry because I’d been in an accident and needed it. Over the course of the time I owned it, I never was happy with it. I was partially unhappy with the vehicle (lots of things went wrong with it) but mostly because I’d rushed into a decision and hadn’t taken the time to think about it. I’d just wanted a new car that.very.second. This new car? It’s the car I’ve been wanting now for four years. It is older, because that’s what I could afford, but it makes me happy. It makes me happy to know that I’d thought about the decision, researched it and been eyeing the same car for four years. It makes me happy because I’m proud to drive around in it. It makes me happy because it was older and I traded my old car in to buy it and was able to pay the difference in cash to not have a car payment.
And what I’ve realized most of all? This is yet another example of what living La Vie En Luxe is all about. It’s about the little everyday luxuries. I drive that car everyday, and for four years I was driving a car that didn’t make me happy. Life is too short to spend unhappy and if you can afford to treat yourself – a very important distinction as I’m not endorsing going out and buying a Ferrari unless you can afford to – then living la vie en luxe says go do it. So I did.
What I’m Trying… To Be More Positive
This week a family member who is on vacation spent a large amount of time sending e-mails complaining about her vacation. Why spread the negativity? If your vacation isn’t making you happy… Then there is something you need to change. Be it the locale, the people you’re with or your life decisions – being negative will not make anyone want to spend time with you and will be a terrible way to waste your life away. Part of being positive, I think is being more patient with people and situations, letting them resolve themselves. I’ve got the patience levels of a toddler, which ironically don’t coincide with living with one – making this a difficult task!
What I’m Reading… Nothing Really
I wish I could say that I was reading something refined and sophisticated, but in all honesty all I’ve read this week are work reports and half of the July issue of InStyle. Unless you are willing to count e-mails and 140 characters or less, this was really it for me this week.
What I’m Wearing… Splendid Black Maxi Dress
It’s full on summer here, and I’m stuck between two distinct wardrobes. The work appropriate attire that will accommodate the air conditioning vent above my desk all day as well as the “OMG, it’s hot out and I’m wearing cashmere” clothes for when I get home. I’m living in one outfit currently: my Splendid maxi dress. Comfy, can be styled up with jewelry and looks killer with a jean jacket.
What I’m Eating… Sushi
This week I have consumed more sushi than a person normally should. When it’s so hot out the last thing you want to do after a long day is be cooped up in front of a stove, so we’ve ordered take-out sushi quite frequently. The good news is that sushi is probably one of the healthiest takeout options, the bad news is that I’m obsessed with the gyoza that my sushi place makes. One of the things that I invested in a few years ago was a set of sushi plates & bamboo chopsticks. This way, even if I have takeout I eat off of actual dishes and with proper chopsticks that won’t leave splinters in my mouth – definitely refined!