In January, BlogHer launched the Do it Better series to help you make lasting changes in 2009 once and for all. So, as we approach the end of the first quarter of 2009, where do you stand? Are you still on track? Did you fall off your path? Or, perhaps you got so sidetracked by the little daily crises that you forgot you were even riding the train at all.
Regardless of where you are in your own progress of doing it better in 2009, the good news is it is never too late to improve or even start all over again. The way I see it, the sun goes down each evening and rises in the morning. That alone is something to be grateful for. Each new day truly is a fresh start so consider taking a stroll through some of the topics covered over the last few months. Read them through and then find the next best place for you to focus your efforts.
We started the money series off asking the questions "Why do our New Year's Resolutions Often Fizzle?" and then delved into a very important topic of learning lessons from what has already gone wrong with your money and exploring the roadblocks to successful money management. What we learned is that some lessons come from very unexpected places. In "Lessons you learn when your sister wins the lottery", the miracles of praying for a lottery win are demystified and the assumptions people make about winners are dismantled in a most personal way.
If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. That is why the series continued with a post on getting clear on your 2009 financial goals. Money lessons are everywhere and one thing is for certain: we have all learned financial lessons from our parents. Some were good, some were bad, and others we just ignored. While our parents may have been our first teachers, we can often benefit from money mentors throughout our lives. The questions of "Do You Need One and How Do You Find One?" were next on the docket.
We all know the best laid plans can go awry, especially in this economy. "Soulcare for the Sacked" provides tips for handling these circumstances such as getting laid off unexpectedly.
Whether you have a little or a lot, everyone has to manage money. That's why I wrote about "10 Tips That Really Work for Managing Your Money". Of course even if someone hands you the best advice, mentoring, and tips on the planet, there still is that little ole person in the mirror you need to deal with every day. Are you your own worst enemy when it comes to your money?
Everyone has to eat. Budgets for food can run the gamut from the truly frugal to the extravagant to someone in between trying to balance health and eating organically with their checkbook. HeatherB wrote an open letter to food expressing her thoughts on the matter.
Can a financial plan help you reach your long term financial goals? One would hope so but as mentioned before sometimes the best laid plans...
Gena Haskett gave us a series on the facts of the Great Depression of 1929 (part one) as compared to today as well as two posts on women's voices in the depression/recession (part two | part three). A well researched look at history, women, and how it applies to you today.
If you are going to reach your goals, can you DIY or do you need a financial planner? Maria Niles does a little Q&A with a financial planner as well as offers up some excellent reading and resources.
The most recent post in the series begs the question - do we really even need money at all? OK, maybe that is an extreme question, but as Tammy Donroe shares, bartering is back.
So, if you find yourself wondering where the first three months of 2009 went, just pat yourself on the back, forgive yourself, and get started now. The above is a lot of great food for thought on the money front. And since money isn't everything, there's more than just money to the Do it Better Series...
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To your success and joy in 2009!
Paula Gregorowicz, owner of The Paula G. Company, offers life coaching for women to help you gain the clarity, confidence, and courage you need to have success on your own terms. Get the free eCourse "5 Steps to Turn Fear Into Freedom" at her website
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