Soooo, this is awkward. This is typically the point where I'd close up shop and quit writing because I'm embarrassed. I'd get "too busy" and then six months later I'd stop the auto renew on my domain and that would be that. February, only the second month of my Year of Doing, ended up being a bit of a failure. My excuse for the last few days has been that I've been under the weather with a heck of a cold, but the truth is that I've procrastinated throughout the month.
Finances are a tough topic for me to tackle. I'm a private person and it feels very personal to share my feelings on the almighty dollar. Luckily, though, the title of my site is the Year of Doing not the Year of Done. So I'm going to push forward with the -ing and hope that you'll agree that motion begets motion so I need to get moving instead of wallowing.
My original plan for March was to focus on meaning. What am I supposed to do with my life? What makes me happy? What am I good at? Money doesn't give me meaning, but I've certainly used it unsucessfully at times to try to find it. So I'm going to combine finances in February with my planned meaning in March to come up with mission:
an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation | Dictionary.com
Being responsible with our family's finances means that we can focus on the things that are most important to us. If we can fine tune and cut out the things that don't matter, then we can focus on the things that do without blinking an eye. Having fewer bills and more in savings would allow us to stress a lot less. I'm far from a minimalist, but the thought of having a home filled with less junk sounds like a dream.
Along the same lines, I would like to figure out my purpose in life. I've had a few jobs in my day, but never really felt like I have a calling or meaning. Some aspects of my work brought me great joy while other aspects felt tedious or painful. I realize that work is called work for a reason, but I would like to do something that both brings me joy while also bringing me some cash.
One thing that I certainly believe is that my purpose in life is not just to make or spend or save money. I'm also to help others. In the past, I used to volunteer pretty regularly and for purely selfish reasons: volunteering brings me a lot of joy. It makes me feel good to know that I can use my resources and talents to help others. It's a good reminder that I have more than I could ever need. And you get to meet some cool people while volunteering. So that's something I'm working on incorporating in my life again this month.
☐ Define my family's financial goals and create a realistic budget supporting them
☐ Find a place to volunteer my time
☐ Find work that doesn't feel like work - a girl can dream, right?
☐ Create a financial mission statement
☐ Hold weekly family budget meetings
☐ Create a visual reminder of savings goals
☐ Review spending and find ways to cut unnecessary items
☐ Complete Frugalwood's two exercises on how to find your purpose in life
☐ Volunteer four hours
☐ Test run two career/business ideas