A year ago, I got a BMW. It’s a lease… I did this on purpose for those of you who are saying “you are a money coach, why the hell would you lease a car?” I know Dave Ramsey would have my head on a platter, but I also know I am terrible when it comes to knowing what car repair people to trust. I am not great at knowing when and what to maintain on a car, and so, I know when things start breaking it is time for me to trade it in. So, I figure, if I am going to have a car payment for the foreseeable future, I might as well lease from a cash flow perspective. For me it makes sense, for you it may not. Anyway, I am in love with the car. I am so proud of it. I read these articles a lot that say that we all just strive to get things and then once we have them we don’t appreciate them anymore. This is NOT true for me. Every day when I sit in that car, I see the logo on the steering wheel and I feel this deep sense of gratitude and pride. I LOVE the way it drives. I had never had a car before that when you press on the gas it actually GOES!! That being said, when you press on the gas, it also GUZZLES! That thing is a ridiculous gas hog!! And I catch my joy being snatched by watching the little gauge that says that Im wasting gas at a rate of 12 miles per gallon when I stop and go! Why does it stress me out? Money, of course! Its that little voice in my head that says there isn’t enough… that if I need to get gas more than once a week I am de-railing my budget… it’s me allowing an old narrative to prevail. Its another reminder that change takes work, it takes time, and it takes practice. So, don’t be hard on yourself if it takes you some time to break a habit it took you decades to engrain!