Well, we made it through the first month of 2014. Have you set all your goals yet? Honestly, I’m still working on some of mine. In all fairness, I have personal goals, family goals, work goals and The Heavy Purse goals. That’s a lot of goals!
One big goal I have this year is successfully launching my second book. We are inching closer and closer to going to print, and I should be signing off on the final proofs in the next week or two. I feel better prepared since I have one book under my belt. There is still lots to do, but at least I know what needs to be done!
This week, I posted Fix Bad Money Habits in 4 Steps and Embrace Living within Your Means. It doesn’t surprise to me see that many of you struggled with forgiveness. Next to actually owning that you need to make a change, I think that is one of the hardest steps. Hindsight is always 20/20 and people will spend hours playing the woulda, shoulda, coulda game. I suggest playing the “I’m gonna” game instead … I’m gonna get out of a debt. I’m gonna travel. I’m gonna send my kids to college … You get the idea.
A Few Good Reads
Here are few of my favorites posts from the past two weeks. Enjoy!
Jefferson at See Debt Run had a monster post on Paying Off Debt: The Definitive Guide. Lots of practical advice on how to get out of debt, once and for all.
Tonya from Budget and the Beach asked How Do You Challenge Yourself? It is easy to get stuck in our comfort zone. Sometimes we need to push ourselves out of that zone and do something that scares us.
Greg over at Club Thrifty talked about the Park Avenue and the One Percent. I love this thought, “If you think about it, money in itself really isn’t worth that much. Instead, it’s the flexibility and freedom that comes with it that is so attractive to so many.” We sometimes focus purely on accumulation, rather than what we want to do with our money. And that is where the joy in money lies—in its purpose.
Laurie, aka The Frugal Farmer, had great insight into The Dangers of Short-Sighted-Vision. She shares how her childhood memories led to her living and spending in the moment, rather than having a long-term vision. Something that is a growing problem in a #YOLO world, but one she now has firmly in control.
Girl Meets Debt decided to Rethink the Emergency Fund after almost going back into debt after just getting out of consumer debt. This led to feelings of “extreme nauseating disappointment” and the decision to start an emergency fund. I’m so sorry you had a rough week, but I’m glad you are protecting yourself.
Well that’s a wrap for this week. Have a great Super Bowl weekend!
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