I used to blur the lines between my needs and wants to justify spending money on the things I wanted. Shoes used to always be a need even if they were only for one night.
But at the end of 2017, I came to the conclusion that there is little left that I need and also little left that I want. The only thing left to spend money on is what it takes to work towards my personal and professional goals.
I do not place these expenses in a need or want category. To me they are in a miscellaneous category that serves a different purpose. The goal is to try to make my future a little easier and a little brighter. The investment requires a bit of work on my part but the effort will hopefully prove to be worthwhile and if not, if I fail, having made the attempt will bring me some sense of peace.