So, Broke Girl Rehab Turns One

Holeeee shit.

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!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay @ The Notorious D.E.B.T. December 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Congratulations Katasha! My blogiversary is in another month too.
    I TOTES agree with everything you’ve said, especially that you need to have something of your own. My blog is my baby; it’s one of the few things in my life that is totally MINE and I love it! 🙂

    • Reply Katasha December 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Right??? I didn’t realize how much easier I could get through work knowing that I had something that’s mine that I could come home to (of course, including my boyfriend and puppy).

  • Reply Mustard Seed Money December 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I just started my blog in August after years of talking about it. I’m glad that I finally did and found this community. Each day it gives me a nice creative outlet outside of work and gives me something to look forward to. Congrats on making it a year and I look forward to reading more of your posts!!!

    • Reply Katasha December 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Yay, congrats on the blog! Seriously, who knew you could find such a supportive, friendly community on the Internet???

  • Reply Mr. Groovy December 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Nice job, Katasha. I’m really glad you stuck it out. You have a sharp mind, as this post amply demonstrates, and you should share it. Millennials need your wisdom. And, truth be told, old curmudgeons like me need your wisdom as well. Love your blog. Love your videos.

    • Reply Katasha December 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Mr. Groovy! I really appreciate your kind words, and it’s been great learning from you as well.

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