As you know, I have been working hard to create a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family for the last three and a half months. It hasn't been easy, and there have been good days and bad days. My motivation waxes and wanes.
I have come to understand that losing weight and changing my lifestyle are not easy and will probably never be. They require waking up, choosing to be informed and aware instead of unconscious about my decisions. They require making the right choices every day, every meal, every hour, forgiving myself for missteps without getting off track, and learning from each and every good and bad decision.
About two months ago, I realized that managing my money is no different than managing my weight. I've been pretty lousy at both.
I have no problem making money. I'm pretty good at it actually, despite the fact that I quit my full time job last year.
Managing my money is a different story. Managing my money requires waking up, choosing to be informed and aware instead of unconscious. It requires making the right decision constantly, forgiving myself for missteps, and learning from every decision.
See what I mean? It's exactly the same story.
In her book, Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life, Geneen Roth talks about living unconscious. She talks about budgeting and splurging and making herself feel good by shopping.
Geneen's story might as well be my story. I'm willing to bet you'll feel the same way.
I am reading Lost and Found as part of the BlogHer Book Club. Hop over and join in the discussion.
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club. All opinions are my own.
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