This weekend was probably the best I’ve had in a long time. For months now, we’ve been watching our pennies (literally collecting pennies in a jar) and still had nothing to show for it. It’s been tough. Matt and I both have seasonal jobs, me being a wedding photographer in the UK where the good season starts in April and ends in October and him being a labourer who doesn’t get that much work when it rains and the daylight hours are shorter. We’ve lived on cheap food full of sugar, we’ve stayed at home on every day off that we’ve had and we’ve slept in a million blankets to save money on heating.
I booked tickets for us to see City and Colour in London, I booked us a 4-star hotel on lastminute.com getting the best deal I could find, I booked a coach that took us 4 hours instead of the 2 hours it would have taken on the train saving me £100. I used my railcard on the tube and we ate as carefully and cheaply as we could but still treating ourselves.
It felt so nice to not just get out of the house but out of town. I’ve only been to London twice before as I used to live a lot further away. Honestly, it scares me quite a bit. My social anxiety started to creep out as we tried to navigate the London Underground, my heart pounding as I steered through the crowds of people.
It didn’t take me long to manage my anxiety and put my fears behind me as I forced my way on to the tube, getting so used to pushing through the crowd that I even pushed Matt out of the way by mistake. I let my anxiety take the back seat for the entire weekend. It felt good to be in control and to be somewhere new and not afraid.
Now, I have nothing left in my bank account and we’re back to eating 40p rice from Aldi but I wouldn’t take back the experience for the money it would have saved us. Sometimes you have to be willing to leave your comfort zone, or your comforts consume you.
By the way, City and Colour were amazing!