January 19, 2015 - Better You, Style

Your First Step to a First Class Life


Every Monday this month, I’ve been sharing videos and worksheets from my upcoming Rediscover Me 28 Day Challenge.  In week one, I shared my four step goal setting process that guarantees success.  Last week, we worked on eliminating tolerations from your life and this week I’m going to show you an easy way to feel richer through upgrades.

I first read about the concept of upgrades in Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life.  Don’t let the title throw you, this powerful little book revolutionized the way that I think about what it means to live a first class life.  It’s definitely worth a read, whether you have money blocks or not.

Anyway, Denise introduces this concept in her chapter titled “Upgrade Your Life Now”. It’s all about feeling richer by making small incremental upgrades in your life that make a BIG difference. The thing I LOVE about this concept is it reinforces the belief that you deserve nice things, that you are worth it. 

This isn’t about spending more than you can afford or being extravagant. It’s about the little things in life that make you feel richer – and sometimes they’re only a couple of bucks.

Watch the video to learn more about this concept and see some of my recent upgrades.  Then print off the PDF worksheet to brainstorm some ways you can upgrade your life.

I mention a 28 Day Challenge Facebook group in the video.  This group will be open for participants when the challenge begins.


It’s Your Turn:  Find a few ways to upgrade your life this week and tell me about them!  I’d love to hear what you come up with.

Registration for the Rediscover Me 28 Day Challenge opens soon.  If you’d like to be notified when it opens, get on the list HERE.


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  1. That book sounds like a great read to start the new year! I tend to focus on my family and never take time for me. I’ll have to think about what I can do to upgrade for myself!

    Doused In Pink

  2. I’ve already upgeaded this week and that was that I bought real maple syrup instead of the cheap kind that my husband buys. I’m sticking it away for me only because I deserve it.

  3. It’s so funny that you mention sheets…. Every morning I wrestle with our cheapo mattress protector/pad that doesn’t stay on the mattress and slips off and bunches up under the sheets. Last week in the Toleration challenge, I finally ripped the thing off and threw it away. Today I will go out and buy a new one BUT I will definitely be upgrading!!

  4. I actually already implemented this concept by joining some of your fashion challenges and splurging on some new clothes! Thank you for always being so inspiring.

  5. I Can’t wait for the Rediscover Me Challenge begins!! I’d sign up for 12 Months if you offered it, This is so cool! Great Idea and I’ll definitely signing up on Friday when Registration Opens!

  6. Back in June my husband did an upgrade for me, he traded in my Nissan for a Lincoln MKX, boy did that make me feel good! And just this past week I turned in my old iphone 4 for the new iphone 6 plus, which I absolutely love. I have never had the latest and greatest before.

    Thank you Alison for your wonderful blog and fun challenges you work so hard to put together. I’m so glad I found you.


    1. That’s awesome Dianne!!! My hubby is great about recognizing when I need to upgrade something. It’s nice to have someone else looking out for us, isn’t it? What a wonderful gift!

  7. I love the idea of this and it has definitely given me some food for thought about where I am being stingy with myself and could afford to upgrade. Certainly improving my wardrobe has been a big piece of that for me since I tend to always buy for my kids first and put myself way at the end of the line when it comes to new clothes (and my kids have plenty!)

    But I am curious about the book and if she also incorporates any thoughts on service and generosity as well? I completely support self-care and treating ourselves as though we are worthy of nice things, but for me personally I feel that needs to be balanced with sharing our gifts and doing what we can to lift others up as well. Does she address that at all or is that not really a component of her message? I’m not being critical, I am truly just curious and trying to determine if it is a book I might like to read.

    1. Hi Lori! This book is mainly about money blocks and it’s definitely not for everyone. The language is strong and she incorporates some new age-y type of thinking. As with anything though, take what you like and leave the rest. That’s exactly what I did. 🙂 The upgrades chapter resonated the most with me because I “cheaped out” on myself for many, many years. I also follow and recommend Marie Forleo who really emphasizes the giving back component of making more money.

      1. Thank you so much! That is very helpful. I have read many books where I glean bits and pieces and then toss what doesn’t apply/work for me, so I totally get that. I will check out the other author you mentioned as well. But the message of self-care and “treating” oneself resonates with me, too. Thanks again!

  8. I read this post yesterday and felt like you are talking to me. I am very guilty of denying myself…..then it makes me feel unworthy. When I went to Target yesterday afternoon I broke down and bought myself a $7.99 bra. The one I had was starting to roll up on the cups from over wear. And then I went through the clearance and bought myself pajamas. I have been wearing ratty old shirts. Didn’t want to spend the money. But really….$10 for new soft pajamas? Priceless…….and I deserve to upgrade. Thank you Alison!

    1. Hi Jean! I’m so happy to hear that you realized you DESERVE better. I LOVE THIS!!! Enjoy that new bra and those PJ’s. It really is priceless!

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