Another media mention, another year rolls by and another birthday comes and goes. Yes, this weekend I’ll be turning a whopping 29 years old. As most of my friends shy away from their birthdays because they’re getting older, I embrace my birthday every year and reflect back on the year that it has been. To celebrate, I figured I’d give you a few lessons that I learned from the past year – a year in which I grew not only in age, but in a lot of other ways too. I would also love to hear your hard-won life lessons — that you hope other people can learn from — in the comments. I know I’d love to hear them. It’ll be like a little birthday present, but for all of us. So, I’ll share the lessons I learned from this year, and I hope you’ll share one as in return.
Also, I’ll touch upon on another media mention that Finance Fox was recently featured in, and wrap it all up with some awesome personal finance reads from this past week. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a crazy week, and I’m really glad this whole holiday hoorah is slowly coming to an end – something we won’t have to deal with for another year.
Another Year – Another Birthday
In spirit of my 29th birthday, I thought about and reflected back on the 28th year of my life. What occurred, how it occurred, and what stood out for me. Did I grow? Where did I fall back? These were just some of the questions I used to reflect back on the year it was. Here’s what I concluded.
1. Life Doesn’t Just Happen
If you encounter bad circumstances, recognize what you can do to change it. Even if it’s a small action. There is always something you can do and understand that there’s ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT!
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Try
This is one of the most scariest things in life – trying something new and venturing outside of your comfort zone. We’re all afraid of rejection, but without trying, one will forever be left wondering ‘had I only tried.’ Earlier this year I started a business with a friend. Everyone and their mother told me not to get into it, that I’m going with the wrong person into business, and that businesses-and-friends don’t mix. But guess what? I didn’t listen to anyone, and went with my own gut feeling. Why? I’m always willing to listen, but ultimately I make my decision – if I fail, well I can only blame myself. Have the courage to create, try and put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Your courage will inspire you I promise you that!
3. Own Your Own Shit
Not only will you take more pride and have a greater sense of appreciation, but you’ll have a fulfilling feeling inside that I really can’t explain better right now. Everything you’re crediting is not your shit, it’s someones – who just happens to be borrowing it to you at a percentage.
4. Give Me Health, and I’ll Take Care of the Rest
I got pretty sick half way through this year – something I didn’t divulge much here. Looking back now, nobody knew what was really wrong, even to this day I still don’t know what was wrong. So, we all (doctors and I) called if a severe case of the flu. Three weeks being gravely ill, you learn a lot about yourself pretty quickly, but most importantly you learn how important health is to our well being. But something positive came of this sickness too – I quit smoking. I suppose not eating for three weeks, a fever and losing 15 pounds will get you to quit smoking. Thankfully I haven’t looked back – 5 months later.
Another Media Mention
It was a nice surprise to say the least – getting another media mention to add to an already successful year at Finance Fox. I knew something was up, because by 10am, there were over 1,400 visits. So, I snooped around, and Rob Carrick picked up my on his weekly reader – Carrick on Money: 11 things one blogger stopped buying – for a post I wrote in July called, 11 things I don’t buy and do without. I was also glad to see Steve from Grocery Alerts post, A Canadian Shopper’s Guide to Extended Holiday Returns for Christmas 2012 get picked up!
This Week’s PF Reads
My Own Advisor – MOA has an enjoyable year, and thanks to every dedicated reader, the casual reader, anyone who took a few seconds to comment MOA and all the blogs who referred to and linked. Here’s My Own Advisor’s 2012 year in review.
Eyes on the Dollar – If you like to entertain, there are ways to do it frugally. Kim hosted a pretty rocking Christmas party for her employees this past weekend. Here’s her two cents on hosting a rocking Christmas party.
Work Save Live - How can the American lifestyle for three people, two dogs, and a fish be supported on one man’s income? Easy! It all boils down to priorities.
The Outlier Model – Germany is amazing and not nearly as expensive as most think. Here’ a roundup on traveling to Berlin, Germany and what you can expect.
See Debt Run – Michelle puts together a great list of the perfect part-time jobs for busy parents who’d like to earn a little extra cash on weekends, evenings and when the kids go to bed.
Club Thrifty – Shopping for your wife can be kind of an arduous task. Yet, it didn’t start out this way for Greg, especially for someone used to enjoy shopping for his wife quite a bit. He sums it up in his very entertaining post – The Difficulties of Shopping for My Wife.
One Smart Dollar – Waiting until the 11th hour to buy gifts for your loved ones? Join the club! In fact, often retailers will prey on the unsuspecting slackers and procrastinators who wait to head to the mall until December 24th. If you got some shopping left, here’s 5 ways to save on last-minute Christmas gifts.
Fearless Men – Stupid Mayans predicted the end of the world – a prediction they eventually retracted. There are many end of the world movies, including these 6 end of the world movies the Mayans wouldn’t want you to see.
Young Adult Money – 2013 is just around the corner and that means it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure about you, but I’m big on setting goals. If you’re thinking of setting a New Year’s resolution, here are 20 ideas for New Year’s resolutions.
My Canuck Buck – Do you ever calculate your net worth? Does it help you make goals for the next months or year? Here’s how a financial review can help you come up with a to-do list in hopes of accomplishing your goals.
Frugal Portland – Have you ever tried online dating? Good experience? Bad? If you’re thinking of trying online dating, at least read the pros and cons of online dating before deciding whether you want to kick the tires.
Thanks for stopping by and being part of this weekend’s Finance Fox Weekend Recap. We hope you enjoyed this week’s awesome reads, and see us again right here next weekend where we’ll do it all over again.
Have a jolly weekend!!