Hey friends! It’s an exciting time of year with Christmas right around the corner but also because this blog is turning 5 years old.
It’s kind of crazy that 5 years ago at this time I was playing around with the idea of starting a blog, getting my hosting set up, and drafting blog posts.
It’s exciting to see where this journey has taken me and how it’s uncovered my passion for personal finance and helping people use money as a tool to improve their lives.
In honor of 5 years, I thought it would be fun to highlight my top 5 most-viewed blog posts, 5 of my personal favorite posts, and 5 things I’ve learned about money and life these past few years.
Top 5 Posts
- 75 Free Things To Do This Weekend
- How to Eat Well With a $300/month Grocery Budget
- How I Raised My Credit Score By 150 Points
- Frugal Wedding Series: How to Afford Your Dream Day
- 80+ Extra Income Ideas That Don’t Suck
My 5 Favorites
(Definitely hard to narrow this down!)
- My Journey to Defeating Poverty
- How I Started Living Intentionally (Without Even Realizing It)
- Reflections on Paying My Student Loans Off in Less Than 3 Years
- 30 Frugal Ways to Spoil Your Spouse
- Why I Took a Debt Payoff Break
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5 Tips on Money and Life
Finally, I’ll leave you with 5 tips I’ve learned about money and life. I always find it interesting to learn from other’s experiences and borrow from their wisdom. Whether you blog or not, have debt or not, these money and life lessons will likely still apply to you.
1. Your goals will change…and you should expect them to
We’re all growing and evolving. This means our goals will change. My financial goals have changed so many times. I still prioritize getting rid of debt but I’m also focused on doing so many other things with my money and adjusting my goals to fit my family’s lives and all the changes we’re experiencing.
With this blog, I’ve set plenty of goals as well that have changed over time. I think it’s important to be firm and work diligently to reach your goals but it’s also okay to pivot and make wise adjustments as well if you feel you should shift your focus.
2. Comparing yourself to others makes no sense
No two people are alike so it really makes no sense to compare your journey or success with someone else. There have been times when I compared myself to someone who’s in a similar boat and started to beat myself up over the things I wasn’t doing better or ‘right’.
I realized that when you’re truly focused on living in your purpose and making moves, there’s no time to compare dwell on what someone else is doing. That time that you spend feeling inadequate can be better spent doing something productive.
3. Daily habits matter
I’m still working on this one, but it’s a fact I realized that is crucial to anyone’s success with money and life. To get that exciting end result, you have to focus on daily habits and the small steps you take throughout your journey.
4. Time is more important than money
It’s true. You can always make more money but you can’t make more time. This is why I’m working hard to use my money strategically to create more time.
I don’t want to be working all day long and I’m sure you don’t either. Get financially savvy and make your money work for you!
5. Fear can really hold you back
We all have fears. That’s the point. The key is to not let fear control you or hold you back. I just launched a YouTube channel today and getting in front of a camera used to be something that terrified me. I still don’t have the perfect camera presence (if that’s even a thing).. but I’ve learned to face my fears so I never have to say “what if I would have done _____” It also helps that I’m not taking myself too seriously.
I’m going to have moments where I mess up or miss the mark but that’s all about growing and a natural part of life.
Plus, if the moves you’re making don’t secretly scare you, what are you even doing?
Whether you’ve been reading for years or just found this blog, please feel free to comment below and let me know one thing you love about visiting this site or a topic you’d like me to cover in a post or YouTube video in the near future.
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