When I was 23 years old, my life took an unexpected turn. Inheriting just shy of $62,000 from a late great-aunt felt like I just won the jackpot.
It was the game-changer that landed in my bank account during my shift as a Subway 'sandwich artist'. I worked casual shifts here to hustle the dollar as I studied full time at university because I was the perfect definition of a broke uni student.
It was the first time my online banking displayed five figures before the decimal point. I was so excited and extremely uncomfortable. I had never had this much money before. I immediately started thinking of all the ways in which I would use it, spend it or save it.
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The "good girl" conditioning in me was like the angel and devil on my shoulder, one side telling me I should save it, whilst on the other I should pay off debts.
Then the rebellious side of me was already thinking of all the ways I could spend it or give it away to people I loved.