Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was great and busy, although it’s amazing how fast it goes by. You put so much effort (and stress) into the holiday, then it’s gone in a blink of an eye. We’re wrapping up our first full week of 2015 and hope the new year has been treating you well, thus far. I’m just grateful the heat has returned to LA. My sincerest apologies to those suffering through a deep-freeze right now. Stay warm!
On Monday, I shared The #1 Culprit Behind Goal Failure. We don’t like to openly talk about our fears, but that is what gives them so much power over us and prevents many from pursuing goals and dreams. Now, more than ever, our kids fear failure because it’s become such a public event, thanks to social media.
Our lives are on display, and we forget that many people only share the good things or their wins. Our kids (and us too) don’t even want to try unless we are 100% confident of success. But we forget that many of our successes would never occur without a few failures first. Show your kids How To Conquer Fears and Achieve Goals by shining a light on their fears. When I do this, I find my fears are rarely as terrifying as I imagined. I encourage you to do the same with your kids too.
A Few Good Reads
These were my favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!
Andrew from Living Rich Cheaply reminded us to Live For Today. No, he isn’t suggesting we join the #YOLO movement, but to not get so caught up on what we’re doing or working towards, that we forget to enjoy what we have today. A good reminder as we start a new year to be present in the moment.
Michelle at Shop My Closet Project shared Your Budget Is an Expression of Your Values. I am definitely pro-budget but many people struggle to create and maintain one. Understanding, as Michelle does, that your budget is a reflection of what matters most may be the key to finding your budget mindset.
Kayla over at Shoeaholic No More let go of a big secret in Confessing to My Family. Her debt is no longer a secret to her parents, and I am proud of Kayla for being honest with them. And even prouder of her parents for being supportive and encouraging her continued efforts to eliminate debt.
Greg from Club Thrifty shared Holiday Money Lessons for Kids. The holidays offer so many great teachable moments and Holly and Greg took full advantage of them. My favorite – after proudly buying her items with her own gift cards, their daughter asked them ‘Do I still have enough money to put some in my college fund?’ – now that’s one smart girl.
Corina at Now Now Mom’s Busy had a must-read post for parents, Reminding College Students about Stranger Danger. We teach young children to be wary of strangers, but as Corina shared, college students are at an even higher risk of stranger danger.
Well, that’s a wrap for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
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