Best Purchase of 2014


One thing you guys probably don’t know about me is how cheap and indecisive I can be, particularly when it comes to big purchases. Ok, most purchases. I get soooo anxious I’ll make the wrong call (which is why, Nordstrom and all stores with amazing return policies: love you!). Purchasing art and furniture stress me out in a major way.. which probably accounts for the massive white space on a lot of walls around my home. 2015 goal.

So when Meg and Victoria, talented women who each have their own blogs and businesses, and also run The B Bar, reached out as part of a blog link-up to share my most invaluable purchase of 2014, something that I realize I really can’t live without, I nearly didn’t reply. But in the spirit of a fun — see below to click through for responses for more than two dozen more bloggers — I couldn’t resist. Can’t wait to see what everyone else says!

I knew my answer couldn’t be anything in my closet.  There are small handful of items whose cost per wear is impressive (and would definitely make my husband happy!), but it needed to be something more.

Want the truth? Ready for how exciting and glamorous I am?

Real, average action coming at you: my new Dell Optiplex 3020 desktop!

{inserts minds blown!} 🙂

I could do a dance just thinking about her. Hell, I already have! She makes me smile just thinking about her. {yes, apparently my Dell is a female. I should just go ahead and name her, huh?} I just wish I had a better photo to share. Do you know how hard is it to find a photo of a cute desk/office space on Pinterest that doesn’t feature an Apple product, by the way? I don’t think such a thing exists, should you ever be on the hunt. The photo above is not of our PR office — here’s photos of the main area based on an awesome makeover with did with Nate Berkus (!), and here’s one of my office during a post featuring 5 tips to get it all done.

I work from a PC at my office, and a MAC at home (where the blogging action happens). My PC has been pain-freaking-fully slow for ages. I mean insane. You’d think I was a crazy person yet purchasing a new computer never occurred to me. Soooo expensive for what I need at the office, I rationalized. I’m sure if I worked for someone else I would have made a few not-so-subtle references to it by now.

The realization hit me after we, without a second thought, ordered a new computer for a new hire.  When I went to her desk to view something in early December, the speed struck me. What the hell was I doing? How could I not invest what’s less than $1,000 in myself, in my productivity, in hours in my day, when I’d so readily do it for other staff? I’m always talking about smart uses of time, and how it’s better to spend a few dollars up front (you know that whole, time is money!) than wasting hours on a project or effort. Yet, I wasn’t taking my own advice.

That lightbulb made it happen: I got a proposal and a few days later my speedy new computer arrived. I wound up using it for the first time later in the month, and it’s easily been the best decision I’ve ever made.

No crashing screens, no super slow internet speeds, no ‘not responding’ messages, no Alyson-banging-her-head-against-the-desk-at-lost-content, all of it.

It took me a little while than it should have to get there but I’m proud I finally realized I was wrong, I was being suborn, and that I need to invest in myself. It’s been a good reality check, as I know I can be all of these things.


What did other women have to say? Head to these blogs now, and thanks again to the B Bar for hosting this conversation! 

Girl in Betsey
Glitter & Bow
Pretty Much
White Cabana
Healthfully Ever After
Boulevard House
Always Craving
Southern Charm & Prints
Perfect Enough For Us
Modish & Main
Alessandra Marie
Jenn Inspired
Luv in the Bubble
A Little Leopard
All the Pretty Stars
York Avenue
PR Blonde
Alyssa J Freitas
A Loyal Love
The College Prepster
Burlap & Lace
Brunch on Chestnut
The Average Girl’s Guide
The Yuppie Files
Cassandra Monroe
Always Anita
PR Girl Diaries
Life Modifier
Business Betties
Cake & Lilies
Little Wild Heart
The Not Quite Adult
Annie Reeves
Lemon Stripes
Meg Biram
Victoria McGinley
The B Bar


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    January 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    It’s amazing what new technology can do for your day-to-day (and your soul!) The hubby finally got himself a new laptop after banging his head against the table for the past two years. It’s something you never really want to drop the money on, but when you do, it’s like…how did I live without it?! I’ve got a nice, giant monitor on my wish list. I feel like it would help me sit at my actual desk vs. sit on the couch with terrible posture when I do work from home.

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      January 22, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Jenn: OMG, totally hear you on the posture. When I work at home on my laptop the monitor is so much lower. I realized the other night that I was hunched over like a 110 year old. A monitor would be great, or perhaps you can more inexpensively just put your laptop on a stand, and get a keyboard and mouse. Just a thought, as I’m thinking to myself, too. 🙂

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    Renay Howey
    January 21, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Good technology is always important, especially when it means that we can be productive and awesome. By the way, I love your desk. It’s so very pretty!

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    January 21, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Isn’t it amazing how easily we can fall in love with an electronic device?? Haha. You’re so right though – investing in yourself and your time is a massive thing to do and having a computer that functions properly can save you HOURS!! Not to mention the frustration and stress. I have to admit – I do love my Macbook Pro. She is my pretty little baby and I love her so. 🙂 This link up has been so interesting 🙂

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    Cassandra Monroe | a lifestyle blog
    January 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    First of all, I’m still freaking out that you got to work with Nate Berkus…. I mean HOW LUCKY are you!? Second of all, computers/cameras, both great business/personal investments, so that purchase is a win in my book! So great linking up with you!

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    January 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Your office space is amazing! I think a desktop will definitely be a purchase for me in the next year or two!


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      January 21, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      It’s so worthwhile! That’s not my office space — dream — but agree: the space is awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    It’s funny what really really end up loving when we have to think about it! Is this your workspace? Gorgeous!

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      January 21, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      SO true. Not my workspace; I like to our actual space in the post however agreed: love this one!

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    January 21, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    I’m considering buying a screen to hook to my laptop for blog work. It would be nice to have a bigger screen and set workplace. This has inspired me!!! I’m loving this link up.

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      January 21, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      Love that idea! Would probably make things so much easier to have a bigger perspective on everything! I love working at my desktop on my blog for that exact reason. 🙂

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    Sara Beth
    January 21, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Is that your work office or home?! Either way its freaking inspiring!

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    Alyssa J Freitas
    January 21, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Computers have been a popular choice in the linkup because they are so valuable to a business. I’m glad to hear you are no longer banging your head against the wall! Check out my post in the linkup!

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      January 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      Agreed; glad to see I’m not the only work nerd out there. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting, on my way to check yours out!

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