Have you ever noticed how you are motivated to change, talk about change, begin to change, and then stop? Whether it’s saving money, losing weight, or cutting back on drinking when it comes to making lifestyle changes it’s hard!
At the end of the summer I was ready to let go of and change some old financial habits. You see I’m a perfect combination of my father’s spending habits and my mother’s savings habits. It’s a crazy-making contradiction that I’ve been living out for years and it was time to stop living out my parents financial patterns. I picked up Kara’s book, 5-Day Financial Reset Plan and went to work. I created a budget that works for me and felt really good about my new spending plan.
And then I hit a wall and wasn’t using the tips that brought me initial success. I was spending without tracking my expenses and there were purchases that weren’t planned for. How did this happen?! I felt like I was back in the same place I started.
Then I remembered, this is part of the process. I’m doing exactly what I should be doing when making a change. Regressing or going backwards is actually part of moving forward. The old adage of two steps forward one step back is true. Though it’s frustrating and there are steps backwards, overall I’m moving forward!
Change doesn’t happen overnight. Lasting change takes time and that’s what I’m working towards. This minor road bump gives me an opportunity to consider what I need to revise on my spending plan and where I need additional support. Will you share this journey of change with me? In the coming posts, I’ll share more of my story and helpful tips for you. Let’s do this together!
If you need deeper work around healing your relationship with money or overcoming your blocks and fears, maybe it’s time for some money therapy.
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