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