January is already demanding enough with the list of things we promise to do to make ourselves better and to really, truly, see what it feels like to own the year. If you’re wrestling with the woes of Januworry like some of us, here are some ways to survive the broke season with unwavering intention and still manage to live your best life.
So here we are in the second week of 2018 already. Hopes are high and ambitions are even higher. It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn but let’s be honest, one thing that isn’t feeling or looking funky-fresh-cool is the sight of our bank accounts.
Every year, December has a way of tricking us into a lifestyle of the rich and famous. Something about the Holiday season gets us thinking that we are Rihanna. We channel our inner Diddy and act like it, damn it! It’s not until January comes lurking in like a thief in the night that we realise that we’re still on the come-up and although we might still feel like Rihanna, our account statements are working on aligning with our ballin' mentality. The good news is, you’re not alone. The opportunity is, how are you coping?
WHEN YOU WANT TO DO RATCHET THINGS WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Your friends aren’t going anywhere, right? They’ll roll with you no matter the season. There are so many ways to spend time with the people we love that don’t require money. Plan a picnic, where everyone brings a dish to share. Kigali has so many beautiful green spaces. For one, Rugende Park, where you can ride horses, enjoy a camp fire and spend quality time with your crew. Use the resources and spaces you already have, you might be surprised at what you can make happen. Ratchet things don’t always have to cost your wallet.
WHEN YOU REALLY NEED A GET AWAY
At some point, we all reach that limit of living in a small town that calls for a weekend away. It’s necessary to give your headspace a break in this kind of environment and no one can fault you on that. But this doesn’t have to break the bank. Rwanda has so many different districts, all with a unique landscape and feel that are all relatively accessible. A few hours in the car (this can also check off that much-needed itch for a road trip) to clear your mind or listen to music can be a great remedy for the soul. A visit to see your grandparents or a quest to explore Rwanda and all of its glory definitely suffice as ‘get-aways’.
WHEN YOUR FRIEND IS CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAY AT COCO BEAN
You ain’t gotta lie to kick it, Craig. Yes, FOMO is real but message your wallet is telling you is realer. This is such a great opportunity to practice saying ‘No’ and being intentional about doing the things you want and don't want to do. How about asking your friend over for a home cooked dinner? If you’ve been wanting to eat out less and stay in more, this is a way to kill two birds with one stone while celebrating another year of life with your homie.
There's no better time than time with self. Spend the first month of the new year thinking, planning, meditating on your goals, needs and wants for 2018. Nothing gives time to self quite like solitude.