We recently sold our house and moved into an apartment. To be honest, I really love our apartment. We enjoy the simplicity of a smaller space to care for, no grass to cut, and no exterior maintenance. The apartment complex has a pool, which my daughter loves. She wants to swim almost every day. But I find myself a little resistant to go… I’m not comfortable appearing in a public setting in a bathing suit. I realize that I’m not overweight, but I do have some lumps and bumps that I prefer not to show off. I can choose to hide in shorts and a t-shirt or inside of a large cover-up (which I currently do), or I can choose to make some choices that will help me be more comfortable in a bathing suit. Making those choices requires that I transform the way I think about some things and how I go about my day.

The same is true for our finances. We may say that we want to save for retirement, that we want to get out of debt, and that we want to stick to a monthly budget. All of these are fantastic ideas. However, saying and doing are two very different things. We must actively choose to make those things happen. We must transform the way we think about our finances and how we approach them. My husband has a saying that I love. He says, “If nothing changes, then nothing changes.” If you choose to handle your finances the way you always have, then your finances will always look the way they always did. If you choose to take new steps in order to get closer to living in financial peace, then your finances will begin to take better shape and you will move closer to your financial dreams.

So, I’m going to start eating better and working out consistently in order to feel more comfortable going to the pool with my daughter. And since I am making this declaration public, I give you permission to hold me accountable! What changes are you going to make with your finances, and how will you be held accountable for them? The choice is yours.

 

4 Responses to Make a Change!

  1. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    Your recent history reminded me of my own. I moved from a rental house in the suburbs to a purchased studio condo in the city. My complex also has a pool, but I have yet to go there, since I don’t want to be seen in a bathing suit either.

    Good on you for working on your self-confidence! Did you know Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So you’re doing exactly the right thing by making some changes. Hopefully I’ll join you soon. ;-)

  2. Courtney Hannah Courtney Hannah says:

    I am leaving the apartment world and buying a home. I will need to make finances a priority. You have to make the right choices daily on how to spend. It can take so much energy to avoid another pair of shoes, or to pack a lunch. But that extra $50 bucks a week is worth it.

  3. Kenna Giffin says:

    I vote for wearing shorts and t-shirt to the pool rather than spending (wasting?) time worrying about the visuals. Live life now. The opportunity might not be there tomorrow.

  4. Rebecca Pope-Ruark says:

    I live about 3 hours from the beach so we try to go several times a year, even if only for a day or two. It’s always interesting to see the wide range of self confidence on display LOL. Personally I love that 1940’s style pinup bathing suits are back in fashion – much more forgiving for women of a certain age :)

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