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Appreciate what you have while you have it.

Hey hey, Apexians, welcome to another day of money stories. And other stuff. Let’s start today with “other stuff”.

Last Monday, The New York Times wrote about Wordle, a web-based word game that’s only been around for a few months, but which has already gone from a project designed for one person to a habit formed by hundreds of thousands of people. Pretty impressive.

You can read the NYT piece, Wordle Is a Love Story, or you can play game here. It’s free, easy, and fun. (Sunday’s Wordle was my first “failure”. I didn’t solve it!)

Now let’s get to the money stuff. Today’s three articles all explore a related theme: scarcity and abundance.

“The results of my anti-frugality experiment in 2021.” [Financial Mechanic] — “I had a unique New Year’s resolution [in 2021] for a frugal financial blogger. While many people vow to get their spending under control, create budgets, or start investing (all very noble goals), I thought I could try something new. After living extremely frugally for years, I wanted to try something totally different: spending more.”

“Is this the condition that I so feared?” [Accidental Fire] — “I’ve always had a scarcity mindset in life…I tend to catastrophize things. It brings anxiety. You would think that being financially independent would cure that, but deep seated beliefs and behaviors are nagging things and hard to kick.”

Appreciate what you have while you have it. [One Frugal Girl] — “Sometimes we find ourselves dreaming of better circumstances without appreciating what we have. Maybe you want a better relationship with your parents, a more exciting job, or to add more adventure and spontaneity to your life. While it’s essential to have goals, it’s just as important to spend time reflecting on the things we take for granted.”

Okay, that’s all I have for this Tuesday. I’ll see you again tomorrow with more fun stuff…