I find it pretty hard to get excited about my bank account, but when my first paycheck was paid in, my heart did a little jump for joy.
There was something about seeing the new figure that made me smile—and breathe a sigh of relief at the same time!
I had always wanted to purchase something special with my first paycheck, and after the bills had been paid I set to work thinking about what I could buy. I settled on a simple silver ring and bracelet from the Tiffany & Company 1837 collection that I had lovingly looked at a few weeks before. While both items certainly weren’t cheap, I am proud of the decision that I made.
Over a year on, I continue to wear both items every day, and as I type this article and look down at my left hand, the ring reminds me of the hard work and determination I have put in to get to where I am today.
I wanted to mark receiving my first paycheck in a special way, so that I would remember for years to come. Achieving that first step on the career ladder is a big step for any woman, and to me, not marking it in a way that highlighted my pride in my hard work would feel completely wrong. My purchase came at a time before I was committed to monthly expenditures such as car loan payments, gasoline, and adding to my savings. I have not felt one ounce of guilt since.
I’ve managed to buy other lovely things thanks to my paycheck—an Alexander McQueen scarf and a Tory Burch handbag some of my favorites—but the Tiffany items will always remind me of my first job and the hard work it took to get there. Even though they were a treat, they also remind me of the hard work that lies ahead!
I’ve always had a taste for the finer things in life, and earning my own money makes me appreciate what I spend it on much more. No longer do I look to whittle away my cash on inexpensive items that I will probably hardly ever wear. I now invest in key pieces that will see me from season to season.
Investments can come in any shape or form—perhaps if you are a writer you’ll spend your first paycheck on upgrading your computer, or if you’re an artist you’ll purchase a new set of materials. For me, my purchase was about expressing my individuality and investing in two special pieces of jewelry that will always remind me of how far I’ve come, and how far I have to go.
What did you do with your first paycheck? Tell us in the comments!