Monday Mood: Feeling Privileged

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I am Dutch. I am a bit stingy. Stilll.. I love luxury and the good life. So when I had to go Italy on a business trip, we decided to extend our trip with a few days and splurge on the hotel we privately booked for the last two days of the trip. After a modest business hotel, we wanted to treat ourselves a bit.

So we booked two days in Villa Paola in Tropea, a 16th century former convent. It was not the most expensive hotel we ever stayed in, but definitely one the nicest. Just the feeling of being pampered, the beautiful gardens and pleasant staff made us feel very relaxed after four intense conference days.

Somehow, I once again learned a lesson. We do not all have the same budget and we cannot all afford expensive hotels. But it is so wonderful to have a treat every now and then! In the past, when we lived on a tight budget, it could be a good coffee in a posh café, or a bag of excellent French fries at a road stall. Spoiling yourself, not thinking about your budget for a short while is liberating.

From the terraces of Villa Paola, Tropea

There is also another side to it: you feel privileged. And grateful. Whenever we have some extra money, we spend it on something nice, put some in our savings account and donate some money to And we even get repaid. We have already contributed to more than 20 microcredits and only once had a loss of 2 USD… More about Kiva:

More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

This is done by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.

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