More specifically, to grow my financial knowledge and financial well being.
To me, growing isn't just about developing. Of course the first steps [learning and educating yourself] are important, but it's important to use the knowledge you gain and apply it.
Still there? : )
Let's get back to my first point. Money. Moolah. Dollar dollar bills. You know, that green stuff? Well, this year has been all about being a better person financially and taking the needed steps to learn my responsibilities. Did you know we had those? To ourselves and to our futures? That green stuff doesn't grow on trees (do I sound like your Dad yet?!). It doesn't--it's hard to come by! Sometimes I find myself wanting to hoard it away until I have millions***. Know the feeling? Well, I think we all know that image isn't how it really works. It takes time and dedication to get those millions.
***To be fair, I also have days that I don't mind spending money on silly stuff. I know I'm not alone here!
The first step to learning and being able to [grow] is to apply what I've learned over the years. The best things in life take time, effort, focus, and determination. I've had to remind myself again and again that it will take me time and diligence to get where I want to be. It will take effort to save money from every paycheck and decide on which things to sit out on, because it helps the bigger cause. It also takes a lot of determination to stay focused on my goal of zero student loans, a good sized cushion/emergency fund, down payment for a house, etc. etc.
Check back next week for more on my Journey!