Letting Go of Bad Money Habits
2017 UPDATE: We have learned to doggy-paddle; by this time next year we should be onto the breast-stroke. This system, rooted solidly in biblical principle and reliant on God’s grace are a HOME RUN!
At the end of my show, I mentioned I would be definitely blogging my progress as I tried to implement the lessons I learned in reading Your Money Counts. The Beans had a wonderful idea and a generous offer to make this blog experience even more fruitful and enriching for all of us – and offered to send me a copy of Navigating Your Finances God’s Way (Catholic Edition).
And so the Journey began
Much of my spending money, like my eating, is emotional. The pain from my past – the old wounds that refuse to heal either from childhood or my current insecurities and perpetual fears, led me to use both for comfort and for a diversion. It was time to break that cycle of seeking the momentary “high” of spending (or eating) that you convince yourself is the answer to the emptiness. So, you choose to spend or eat again and again dilibertly forgetting the repercussions – though you’ve experienced the negative results a million times. In the end, neither tactic has worked out well for me (see my discussions on Mary DeTurris Poust’s Cravings), and I am ready to make a change.
2017 Update: The Lord blessed me tremendously in 2016, giving me both the grace and unforeseen support to make major strides in both these long standing difficult areas in my life! Kevin and I invited 2 close friends to make the Navigating journeywith us – meeting every Sunday for most of the year. Painful as the process was at time, these old dogs are learning amazing new money management tricks – we anticipate being credit card debt free by January 2018!! The Lord also suprised me with friends on the weight loss/healthy living journey as well – in May 2016, I was blessed by 2 of my dear friends sponsoring my entry back into the Weight Watchers world. This time it wasn’t about reaching a goal weight and quitting but learning new habits, embracing healthy eating and exercise as a way of life. Slow and steady has been winning the race – and while it is a program that goes beyond the scale – I am happy to share I am just 4 pounds from my WW goal!
All rights reserved, Allison Gingras 2017
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