Please don’t judge for starting out my Happiness project with finances.

Boring.

Materialistic, maybe.

I know. BUT I realize that I need a better grasp on financial matters before I move forward. It has been nagging at me for a while and this project is the perfect time to grab the bull by the horns and really hold myself accountable to create some new, long-sustaining, healthy financial goals. To add to the accountability, I printed out a calendar with a box each day to check off, or x out, depending on daily success with the my monthly mini-goals.

My main goal this month is to not shop at all.

That’s right. Necessities, yes, anything superfluous, no.

I also want to track my spending, be thriftier with essentials, i.e. curbing the extra $ spent on items out of convenience and lastly I’d like to become more patient in making purchases that I do really want or feel I need. When I want something, it’s usually all I can think about and usually end up rushing out to buy it. By holding back, I would obviously like to become more patient but also to become more content with what I have. When I don’t let myself make a purchase I want, it makes me feel proud and in control and I usually get over it quicker than I thought I’d be able to. Something I will probably end up heavily relying on to curb shopping cravings will be to ‘shop’ my closet and try to make new outfits I’d be equally excited about wearing, rather than going out to spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need.