This past week I had to take my two-year-old to the dentist. After we had been in the exam area for a few minutes with the hygienist, she told my daughter that she was so cute to which my daughter replied in agreement, ” Uh huh!” Each time she gave my daughter a compliment, she very proudly responded the same way or with an exuberant, “Thank you!” She didn’t downplay the compliment or respond with something negative about herself. Instead, she soaked up her positive affirmations and beamed with pride at the words spoken over her. This got me to thinking about how I respond when someone pays me a compliment or even further, what I’m saying to myself. Why is confidence so hard? When is the last time you celebrated being proud of yourself, and you felt confident?
I remember this day back in 2012 well. Finally, after writing, editing, writing, editing, and more editing I finally completed my manuscript for my book, Couponing for the Rest of Us. When I handed the package to the FedEx guy that Monday morning to return to my publisher, there was nothing else for me to edit. I remember the feeling of relief that washed over me as I knew the next time I saw my book it would be published. In that moment I felt such an incredible sense of accomplishment. I felt confident that I had started and finished a project that would soon be published.
Confidence in one area of our lives can lead to confidence in other areas. I find that when I am disciplined in one area and reach a goal that I had committed to reaching, that discipline begins to spill over into other areas of my life and bring confidence, like our finances for example. That little boost helps me to pursue my financial goals. Financial confidence for me means having the power to spend less, save more, and pay off debt.
Since the beginning of this year, we have been much more intentional in every area of our finances. My husband and I took a step back and talked about where we want to be at the end of this year. Our top three goals are to pay off a small balance on our credit card, pay off medical bills, and to save money. One way we knew we could do this was by eating at home more and creating weekly meal plans. In this season of life with four kids, homeschooling, and running the blog using coupons just wasn’t an option. However, I know that we can still save a significant amount of money just by eating home more and weekly meal planning.
Having gone through different seasons in our marriage that include being debt free (except our home) to my husband getting laid off three times in 5 years it makes me appreciate working towards our goals even more. Now, we are intentional to live below our means, pay off debt, and save money, which brings financial confidence and a feeling of stability. Since April is financial literacy month, it’s a fabulous time to evaluate our finances as well as our short and long term goals. Here’s what I know, personally it feels so good to exercise discipline in our finances. It feels even better each month to watch our debt slowly whittle away.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.