Hey guys! Today I’ll be discussing a topic that I haven’t touched on in the past. I’ve decided to bite the bullet, get personal with you, and discuss something we tend to have a love/hate relationship with: money. Things may get awkward and at times TMI, but it’s more fun that way. This is The Naked Canvas after all, and I’m shakin’ things up.
With the start of each year comes a flood of resolutions we make and attempt to fulfill. Some are easier than others. Calling your mom more often? Yeah, not the same as hitting the gym everyday. Over time, I’ve realized that making resolutions is the most successful when I make them realistic. Am I really going to lose 15 pounds this year? Or is that really just the insecure high school girl inside me taking an opportunity to complain about my thighs? Instead, I make a conscious effort to eat cleaner and use a gym membership that I’m already paying for. See what I mean?
That said, I’ve been on a “saving money” kick for well over six months now. I do enjoy living a little every now and then by eating out or going shopping with girlfriends, but those little things add up! I graduated college just a little over a year ago, and in that time, I started my first full time job, my student loans kicked in, I moved out of my house into my first apartment, and I started paying for bills that previously never concerned me. BIG. WAKE. UP. CALL. Yay, adulthood! My parents moving out when I was 16 (to be closer to our family restaurant) definitely helped me learn how to be fiscally responsible at a young age, but being completely on your own is a different story. You can see why I started making a better effort to save money.
Last Thursday, I was perusing my Facebook news feed when I came across an article that a friend (Hi, Cree!) had posted about a 21-Day Financial Fast. Being in saving mode, this piqued my interest so I gave it a read. The article challenged its reader to not spend a single unnecessary penny over the course of 21 days. You are only allowed to buy necessities such as food and medicine. Part of me thought this couldn’t possibly be that difficult. No shopping for 3 weeks? Psh, simple. How much stuff do I possibly need? The
other part more realistic part of me thought ‘NO SHOPPING FOR 3 WEEKS?! Wait, you can’t even browse online? Don’t they know Hautelook begins every day at 10am?? And more importantly, TARGET RUNS DON’T COUNT, RIGHT??’ This mixed slightly skewed reaction probably should’ve scared me out of accepting this challenge, but it only enticed me to do it more. The thought of crossing that finish line in three weeks with a different sense of accomplishment and willpower excited me. And more importantly, the question mark of what this experience would teach me was the most powerful driving factor. I decided at that moment that Day 1 of the 21-Day Financial Fast was beginning.
Throughout my fast, I’ll be documenting my experience on a weekly basis and sharing it with you. Join me for the good, the bad, and the potential missed opportunities/sales/deals. Join me tomorrow for a full recap of Week 1! To read about the 21-Day Financial Fast, click here. Wish me luck!