Wednesday nights are my Pottery Nights. About a month ago I started attending a weekly drop-in pottery class with my friend Andrea, who is a work-related buddy from another branch of my office. The classes take place in the Gardiner Museum, right at Avenue and Bloor (in the heart of Yorkville, Central Toronto). For those of you who are unfamiliar with Yorkville, it is one of ritziest neighbourhoods in town, and is loaded with boutiques like Gucci, Chanel, Coach, and other stores with a $1000 entry point.
Now, I’m definitely not into personal finance just so I can shop at Ralph Lauren. But wandering amongst the high end retailers definitely helps to motivate me. Tonight’s sashay through Yorkville reminded me that I still have such a long ways to go. I may feel pretty proud of my networth considering my age and considering that I’ve done it all by my lonesome, but at the same time, walking through Yorkville is a mouthwatering sample of what it would really be like to have no financial limitations. These wealthy neighbourhoods are financially like the smell of freshly baking bread, but my wallet is on a gluten-free diet; salivating, waiting.
Although I’m using a combination of frugality, investing and entrepreneurialship to achieve my financial goals, it’s fun to take a walk on the other side of the tracks and remind myself what could be in store if I just keep it up. Like a carrot in front of my nose, my Wednesday night excursions remind me to keep it up, because everyone deserves financial freedom.
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