Sunday, January 29, 2012

Changing my story


It has become more and more apparent to me in the past few weeks that life is starting to change pace. For myself and the people I know. A lot of the people I went to school with are getting promotions, getting married, engaged, getting pregnant, raising kids or buying homes. And it is so inspiring and amazing and I couldn't be happier for them. I always knew that 2012 was going to be big; and that my 22nd year would lead me to a more mature and professional platform but not so soon in the year.

So this morning, I am pleased to say, something amazing happened. As of yesterday, I had zero savings whatsoever, just a deep pit in my stomach filled with anxiety about the fact that at my age I have nothing to show for my time here financially. Then I stumbled across this post by Rachel from In Spaces Between, and it all made sense. Every day we are writing our own story, and the longer I sat back and moped about what I didn't have instead of embracing what I did; the longer I would be harbouring this negativity.

So I opened up a Ubank account. It's basically a bank account with zero fees and a hefty interest turnover. And then I did something a little crazy, I set my goal as $20,000 and named it "home account", because yes, I just started saving for a home. Today. And immediately I feel I can do anything. Granted it is going to take a long time but I am alright with this. 

One thing I have learn from my experience with blogging thus far is that you need to push, push, push until you break through. I have been blogging from this blog for the past 2 years or so (I have started fresh more than once!) and I have nine followers. But of those nine, I have gained two in the past week (shout out to Paige and Lilia!). That is perseverance! Nothing worth having will ever come easily, and I don't think I would want it to; where is the lesson in that!

What would you change if only you had the inspiration to?

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  • February 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    What a beautifully inspiring post Melissa! You really can do anything you put your mind too & we know these things in our heart, but sometimes seeing them in front of us is what we need to spur us into action. You have a gorgeous blog lovely & 2012 is going to be 'your year.' xx

  • February 2, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Hooray! Good for you for thinking big from the get go! For me saving is hard b/c there is no instant gratification. But I force myself to do it b/c it wards off the anxiety. And little by little you get there and one day you realize, "damn, i just saved such and such amount." And that feels good. I'm still not quite where I want to be either, but I've had a few of those moments and know that I'm moving in the right direction. Good luck to you in 2012 + welcome to handwritten! So glad to have you!

  • February 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    That is amazing Melissa - so proud of you! The best things in life are often the ones that seem crazy at the time! I have no doubt in my mind that you'll reach your goal and look back on that moment as one of the best decisions you've made.
    PS: Love the 'dream home' pic - stunning! xx

  • February 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Thank you so much Rach :) You are very right, we can do anything if only we try :) Having my goal in front of me makes me realise it is within grasp. I am really glad you like my blog :) I am considering a new theme soon :) xo

    Haha you're so right Tabitha! It's always been hard for me in the past because I see the money going elsewhere but I don't get to have any fun with it haha, fingers crossed hey :) Every day we are getting better and better though :) Haha thank you for having me :) xo

    Thanks Kim :) You're so right, its good to have insanely unrealistic dreams, you just might surprise yourself by making them come true :) Hehe I really hope you're right :) Thanks, I found it on Pinterest, I am a little addicted haha xo :)

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