I made up a new name for what I hope will be an ongoing series on this blog. “Budgitude” is my budget attitude, and how I perceive my budget. Either from a positive or negative state of mind. Guess which one I prefer? Each chapter will have a theme, and this week my theme is abundance!
You see I’m trying this, “think rich” kind of mentality. I think it was Stefanie who left a comment on Kira’s piece on the Law of Attraction how any time money comes into her life (no matter what amount) she always says, “I’m a money magnet.” I love that and have adopted that mantra.
I admit that when I started this blog in 2012, I had a MAJOR mind shift about money. It suddenly became something I held on very tightly to. You see spending was certainly not helping me, so surely it must be all about SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! and be frugal every waking moment.
But I think eventually that mentality backfired on me, especially if you believe in the Law of Attraction…meaning not spending ANYTHING, and not taking some calculated and carefully thought out risks was also holding me back from growing. That sometimes you gotta LIVE and actually spend some money, and have absolute faith that you will be able to get some kind of ROI…even if that ROI is just something that gives you inspiration to keep going and move forward. It may not always come in the form of money…or it may. So…
This past week I had a beer with my friend Megan, who was back in town to discuss our Utah camping trip. Here is one example where I’m taking a risk. I haven’t mentioned freelance work too much lately, but in all honesty, this year started off very slow with work. I’ve been depleting my emergency savings, and most certainly I have not been saving anything. While this month has picked up, my past self would have hunkered down and cancelled any social plans for the next year, and accepted my fate as a hermit whose only pleasure in life is watching Netflix.
But I can’t live that way. Can you?
To not experience life…at all…is sending out vibes to the Universe that I live in a world of lack. And I would probably continue getting more of the same thing unless I take that leap and experience life. And not in an expensive way. I’m using all points and vouchers for two nights in Vegas with Melanie before the Utah leg starts, and the rest of it will be as budget-friendly as humanly possible (her cousin has all the camping gear we’ll need). And the whole trip will give me great experience with my new camera…
In between work, projects, working out, and sleeping, I’ve been playing with my Canon T3i (which was another risky purchase). You can see test pics here and test video here. I’m getting up to speed quickly and plan on shooting my first mini doc next month, in addition to making videos and taking pictures from the trip. I also set up and shot my crowdfunding campaign video all by myself…
I’m on track to get the video done this month and launch my campaign to raise funds for future videos. I admit to having a huge fear! What if NO ONE supports me!?!? But you know what? I’ll never know unless I try!
All in all this month I’m reminded of the movie Field of Dreams with the famous tagline, “if you build it, they will come.” I’m sure there are many a pessimist out there who can prove that theory wrong, but in so many ways that line sums up a lot of my life at the moment. While I’m not building a baseball field, I am creating my own opportunities. I am not waiting around for opportunities to come to me, because I’ve already wasted enough time doing that. As Gandhi so elegantly put it, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I mean OBVIOUSLY he was referring to freelancers. 🙂
I’ve seen and heard a lot of stories this week both on a national level and with friends and family. Stories that remind me that life is short and very precious, and while that’s not to say you should grab your credit card and book a trip around the world….you do have to have faith in yourself and abilities that you can live life to the fullest, AND earn and save enough money!
What is your Budgitude like right now? Do you think sometimes you DO have to take a chance on opportunities, even though you may be concerned about finances?
Travis from Enemy of Debt: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life
Raptitude: 67 short pieces of advice you didn’t ask for
John from Frugal Rules: It’s Not About Your Dream, But How You Reach It
Chonce from My Debt Epiphany: How Do You Motivate Yourself Each Day?
Josh from Becoming Minimalist: The Emptiness of Sports is Most Felt in Victory
Cait from Blonde on a Budget: How I Let Go of 60% of My Belongings, and Learned to Accept 100% of Myself
Michelle from The Shop My Closet Project: Why I Am Choosing Positivity
J Money from Budgets are Sexy: 7 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Blogging
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