As someone who has a hard time sticking to anything, I gotta say it’s been pretty darn cool keeping this project going for the past year. At times, I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it (got pretty silent during those summer months), but by gosh, I pulled it on through.
Now, here I am.
12 months later and Broke Girl Rehab is actually becoming a thing – not just a whimsical URL, but it’s own living, breathing thing complete with hopes, dreams, and aspirations.
And, you know what? I’m actually proud of myself! I’m proud of myself for sticking it through, both with this website and to the overall quest for financial freedom.
Anyway, here’s a few things I learned along the way so far.
Let me know if you agree:
1. You Need Support
Good intentions are fine and all, but you need someone that will hold your intentions to the fire and ask, “So, about that thing… Did you do it?”
For me, my support system is the personal finance community (particularly those from FinCon and YouTube). There’s a clear difference between my financial progress when I know people are watching and when I think they’re not.
So, whoever you are and wherever you are, just know it’s you that’s keeping me accountable.
Truly, I appreciate it.
2. Stop Comparing
Ugh, yes – the comparisons.
Looking back, I’ve wasted probably three cumulative years of my life comparing myself to other people. I am relentless with comparing and really – for what?
My best work has never come from making comparisons, nor have my greatest financial milestones. Indeed, what has inspired my greatest achievements is simply that – inspiration. Everything else is a waste of time.
If you suddenly find yourself comparing and beating yourself down, remember Jon Acuff’s words of wisdom: Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
3. Commit to a Lofty (yet, Possible) Goal
The problem with “blogging whenever I feel like it,” is you rarely ever feel like it. At least, I never did. But – in my opinion – a goal that’s both possible and challenging? That’s one which will really take you places.
After FinCon, I made one commitment: publish a weekly vlog. Now, there were certainly times where keeping my weekly schedule felt damn-near impossible, but, it was always still possible.
Now that I’ve kept up the momentum for two months, I can’t ever see myself letting it go and – amazingly – I’m scheming of new ways to use my vlog channel to help my own financial goals while inspiring others.
But, first – you have to start with that one challenging goal.
4. Have Your Own “Thing”
I tried to make work my thing, but the problem – I realized – was work was never truly mine.
Setting aside the fact that anything produced while at work belonged to The Company, it pained me that my creations would always need to be reviewed by so-and-so or signed off by such-and-such, and each final product would return to me a partial shell of what I originally imagined.
So, Broke Girl Rehab became my thing.
It’s what keeps me up at night, and what I’m constantly scribbling notes on the subway about. It’s given me a reason to be excited, and has helped me carve my own place in the world.
And, most importantly – when you have your own thing? You could care less what Shelley from Accounting thinks of you.
Alright, friends – that’s all I have for you today. Thank you so much for tagging along this journey with me – I’m very excited for what’s in store.
Until next time, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
What lessons have you learned from the past year? I’d love for you to share yours below!
— Katasha Kay 💰 (@brokegirlrehab) December 4, 2016