So I finally did it. After being on dA for 7 years, I finally bought myself a premium membership.
My logic is two-fold.
One. I just finished my first day of work at Disneyland yesterday, and I deserve something special for getting a job.
Two. It is self-encouragement to keep at my artistic pursuits. I'm very proud of the work I have done, and I would like to give myself an incentive to keep at it now that I have a source of income.