How to Use Your Money for Fun and Growth

Life is to be lived deeply and passionately, not just dealt with and endured. Whatever money you make, and however you choose to arrange your personal finances, you should always create openings in your life for fun, and set aside a reasonable portion of your income for experiences that make you feel alive. 

Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t kill two birds with one stone. Where you can  have those “fun” activities also serve your personal growth.

Whether you’re on the path to retirement or already retired, here are a few ideas for how to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Money for Fun and Growth

Using Some of  Your Money for Fun and Growth

Learn a skill you’ve always admired

At the core of our memories and recollections of our lives are stories. A great way to develop those stories and add new textures to our life-tales is to learn new skills and put ourselves in new situations.

Everyone has an idea of a skill they’ve always admired or been fascinated by in others. Why not take the plunge and sign yourself up for a class in one of those skill-sets? Whether it be learning how to play the guitar, or starting a course on rock-climbing.

Not only will you have a blast, make new memories, and meet more people. But you might even find new future-income avenues down the line, as an instructor or guide.


Travel is one of the most uplifting and intriguing experiences a human being can undergo. It’s fun, eye-opening, and if done right, can be an immense source of inspiration.

By travelling to those natural wonders or medieval cities which have always fascinated you, you not only allow yourself to feel truly alive, you also give yourself room to innovate.

The simple fact is that being in unfamiliar environments allows the mind the space to work in unconventional ways. Don’t be surprised if great revelations about the direction of your life, or inspired ideas about your hobbies or career, come to you when travelling.

Invest in self-development

In a sense, this entire article could be said to be about investing in self-development. This point is somewhat more specific, however.

Instead of just investing in activities where self-development is a byproduct, consider also those activities where self-development is the main point, and where fun and satisfaction happily come along for the ride.

By starting a new fitness program, or even a meditation regimen via a service like Headspace, you’ll be directly enhancing your own physical and mental well-being. The renewed sense of vitality you experience as a result can be truly breathtaking.

Meet up with friends

While it’s probably best to avoid spending too much money drinking a bunch of beers down at the bar. Meeting up with your friends should never be seen as just a luxury. It should be seen as something integral to your health and well-being as a human being.

We discover ourselves most deeply in our interactions with other people. The friendships we nurture today can pay dividends in years to come — as a source of happiness, support, contentment, and even opportunity.

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2 thoughts on “How to Use Your Money for Fun and Growth

  1. Good points Tommy and I agree. Getting outside your comfort zone and doing new things can really improve your life more than you think. Sometimes you have to push yourself a little to do it. I’ve had many good experiences and opportunities going to social events or even work when I didn’t really feel like it. One concern if you are retired and financially independent is that you don’t have to do anything or even leave the house which can end up being a bad thing more than you realize. One thing I’ve found important to do every so often is to give myself a little space to “reset and regroup” a little. Life can get hectic and busy at times and you can find yourself getting of course. This helps me to clear my mind and think more clearly, and get a better plan for the things I want to do and accomplish. And like you mention, travel or a vacation can help with this also.

    1. Thanks for the comment Arrgo. As I wrote in a previous post I found myself blindly in a retirement comfort zone rut. It was a long scheduled vacation I really didn’t feel like going on that opened my eyes to it. You mention a great idea-taking a little space to “reset and regroup”. I do think even little stretches can do wonders towards an improved retirement experience.

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