My previous post was all about envy and jealousy over everyone else’s amazing-looking life. It made me feel horrible. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and lamenting on what I lack, I will now choose to focus on the good things in my life. Here is my gratitude list of things that make me feel rich (instead of poor).
#1 – The amazing view at my rented apartment
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I have a 180-degree view right from my balcony, and absolutely love it.
Every night, I would just soak in the amazing view before I go to bed. Full-moon nights are particularly beautiful.
Daytime views are gorgeous too. Bright, sunny days are so vivid. Rainy days are calming. Cloudy days are mesmerising.
I also get a kick-ass view on New Year’s Eve – I can see all the fireworks in the area, one after another.
#2 – No housemates
I love my living arrangement. No offence to my previous housemates, I love you all, but it’s amazing to have all this space to myself!
#3 – My flexible, work-from-home schedule
You know me as the blogger behind Ringgit Oh Ringgit, but I like to introduce myself as a freelance writer, corporate writer or communications consultant, depending on who I’m talking to. That means I take up writing and communications jobs – I’ve done everything from annual report writing, rapporteuring work, article-writing, resume-writing, web copywriting, and other related work (hire me!)
I still have not locked down the perfect work-from-home system, but… close enough. I get to choose what projects I want to do, who I want to meet and start my work whenever I feel my brain is ready.
(of course there are downsides, and I won’t touch that in this post – want to keep up this feel-good momentum!)
I also get to be a homebody, which is my favourite thing to do. After work is done (or when I procrastinate…), I’d go to the gym and work out, cook lots of food, read books, listen to music, wear facial masks and just generally chill out.
#4 – Living near a commercial area
I can just walk own to go to my dentist, the grocery shop (a small one, but still), 3 convenience stores, lots of restaurants and cafes (including a Starbucks), a movie theatre, a courier delivery service and a bunch of other shops.
#5 – Having a functional kitchen
Cooking is awesome – it’s fun, it saves money, it impresses the dates, it makes me healthier, I can go on. I absolutely love my small but functional kitchen.
I don’t have that many kitchen tools and utensils, but I can still make a heck of a lot of things with what I already own. For example, here are some equipments I have and the food I make with it:
- Rice cooker – rice dishes, soups and steamed veges
- Oven – baked goods, both savoury and sweet
- 3-in-1 Food processor, blender and whisk – makes sambal, caulirice, protein shakes, whipped cream
- Coffee machine – my source of caffeine
- Induction cooker – omelettes, stir-fries and other goreng-goreng stuff
What makes me feel ‘rich’ in particular are the small tools that elevate my dishes and simplify my cooking prep. These are things like:
- Salad spinner – dry salad leaves are SO much better than wet ones
- Multiple baking pans – in glass and silicone
- Mixing bowls – to make the cakes and all
I’m thinking of upgrading my kitchen knives – I think that’ll make a big difference too.
#6 – Fresh, hot coffee every morning
My morning routine: wake up, drink a mug of warm water (plus a splash of apple cider vinegar), then run the coffee machine. I love the smell, mmm…
#7 – Or chai tea at night
I was gifted this premium chai tea mix, and they make really nice wind-down drinks at the end of the day.
#8 – A nice supply of face masks
During my recent Japan trip (what I bought), I stocked up on Japanese face masks. I put them on a couple of times a week, and even though they’re not pricey masks, they make me feel pampered all the same.
#9 – A good supply of books
Not running out of things to read anytime soon!
#10 – A fully-paid GOOD laptop
My laptop, the Surface Pro 4, is the fanciest laptop I’ve ever bought for myself. I love using it.
The sticker price was steep, so I opted for monthly installments. I paid RM568.12 per month for 12 months, and now it’s fully paid off! Including the extra warranty, it’ll last me at least 5 years, a respectable timeframe for laptops before replacement time.
#11 – A washing machine in my unit
I used to rent a place without a washing machine, and made the frequent trips to the laundromat. Each trip takes at least 3 hours of my life.
For all of you who are used to washing machines and never lived without it – count your blessings.
#12 – A bed frame
I’ve done the whole ‘sleeping on the mattress on the floor’ thing for years (to save money) before decided to buy a bed frame. At writing time, I’ve only had the bed frame for less than half a year. It still feels luxurious.
I didn’t think it would, but the bed frame really does elevate my sleep (geddit? geddit??)
#13 – That I can get groceries delivered
Isn’t it amazing to have a personal shopper to get your groceries for you? I used to lug heavy cat litter around – and now I don’t have to! Absolutely blessed to be able to use grocery delivery services!
#14 – My travel experiences
I’ve done my fair share of travelling around. Collected some wild experiences and loads of good memories. All I can say is, I’m satisfied (but if I can afford to do more traveling, why the heck not).
#15 – Nice-smelling shower gels
If I do start a collection, it would be a collection of shower gels. Not makeup, not skincare, not perfumes or clothes or accessories. Shower gels. They just make me ridiculously happy every single time I use them. I love shower gels from The Body Shop in particular. Their Satsuma Exfoliating Body Polish smells so good!
Doing this article erased
all most of the negativity I felt previously. I was so caught up in comparing my life with others that I forgot that I have a pretty good life as it is. In this gratitude list, no less than 15 things make me feel rich – that’s a lot of things to be thankful about!
I highly recommend you to make your own ‘things that make me feel rich’ list. It’ll make you feel good, too. Share in the comments which parts of your life that make you feel particularly rich. I’d love to hear them.