It's fairly safe to say that in 2013 I could've been voted the worlds worst blogger! Well forgive me, my bi-polar often got the better of me and I didn't feel I had anything worthy to say. I enter this new year feeling differently. I learned a LOT last year and suffered greatly, mostly of my own making. I saw this quote on a friends facebook last night and it spoke to me. It echoed a whisper that has been quietly nudging me for some months.
Recently I have started reading Mark Boyle's book The Moneyless Man and what an inspiration he is! I'm totally in awe of the choice he made to live entirely without money and his reasons for wanting to do so. I don't feel able to take such a large step myself as a single mother of two teenage daughters still living at home, it doesn't feel the right thing for me personally right now. However as I sit here, the first day of a brand new year I'm fully aware that I am surrounded by almost a hoarders amount of "stuff" both physical and mental and spiritually I am running on empty.
Without trying to sound negative I am also aware that this coming year holds some challenges for me, ones that I already know are heading in my direction, I need employment, my income is decreasing while living expenses are increasing, my two sons are both facing homelessness, as possibly are we. I am going through a very messy and particularly viscous divorce and my list already goes on. There will also be challenges this year that so far I am thankfully unaware of. Sometimes I think it's fortunate that we don't know what is around the corner.
Having said that, I also go into this year with some degree of excitement. I feel stronger this year, I've learned a lot about myself and I feel ready to meet the new year head on and see what it has stored for me. I'm on a journey to spend less, save more, and grow my own business this year. I WILL blog about the experience! I'm not claiming to be able to teach you anything, I'm starting from complete scratch and necessity myself. I have SO very much to learn and I'm sure there will be many times I will fall flat on my face. If you're following along (lol at me) and you know an easier way, please don't be shy to share ;) I'm just journaling about what I do, how I do it, what works and what didn't.
I have no idea as I start this new year what it holds for me, but I do know that I have a say in it. I'll plan, fail, succeed, fall, laugh, cry and write about it. Maybe you'll join me, and maybe you won't, this is about MY journey, I hope yours will be kind to you, I hope our paths cross a little and we connect and hold each other up, I step into it though with no expectations and much to learn.
Bring it on 2014 - I'm ready.