January 9


Things I Will Keep Paying for in 2022

By Odyssa

January 9, 2022

In this post from January 2021, I listed 9 things I will keep paying for that year. This is how things went:

1. Courses

No. I didn't take any course in 2021. 

2. Writing and designing tools

Yes. Publishing a book is not free. It can be, but I don't trust myself to design my own covers and edit my work. If you are a writer, check out Reedsy, there's a lot of free courses and information from this site. 

3. E-books

Yes, plus printed books. I have always kept the books on my shelf up to 20, but I got into ordering printed books for yoga, adult coloring books, and books by Filipino authors. These are my favorite books from 2021

As I write this, some of these are now for sale. I try not to keep a book for over 6 months unless I am willing to keep one for a long time. I ask myself, "Am I willing to travel with this book? Will I read this book twice or three times over? Did this book come from a memorable place? Was it given by a friend? Does it hold a special meaning to me?" If the answer is yes, it remains on the shelf. If not, I'm ready to pass it on. 

4. Raw materials for DIY products

No. I didn't make enough time for DIY. 

5. Subscription services

Yes. I stopped using Patreon and went for more books instead.

6. Notebooks for journaling and writing drafts

Yes, a couple. 

7. Healthy snacks

Yes. I also ate a lot of Korean food and junk food this year. No excuses. They taste good to me!

8. Nature trips.

Yes. They are inexpensive, usually hard to get to, but always worth the time and money! 

a girl in a small swimming pool in the middle of a forest

Having fun in a pool in an organic farm in Cavite

9. Yoga classes.

No, I didn't pay for any yoga classes and did self-practice up until my surgery. 


Something to add to this list would be books from Filipino authors and indie authors, foreign and Pinoy. These are good sources of Pinoy indie books that are on ShopeeUWU, Sanctum Press, 8Letters Books

The most important thing would be needs for our health such as home test kits, disposable masks, and medicines. Despite the effectiveness of vaccines, we can't completely beat COVID-19 yet, and definitely not soon. Health should be on everyone's list. 

There will be surprise expenses, that's for sure, but nothing beats good old preparation plus recognizing which ones contribute to our quality of life more than others. 


About the author

Odyssa is a writer from the Philippines. She is the author of Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. When not working or writing at home, she's out walking their dogs. She enjoys traveling, practices yoga, gets lost in books and Korean drama. To her, making time for a daily practice or ritual is the best gift to one's self.

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