Updates + A New Challenge

This post is going to be a little different than anything else I’ve written before. I feel as though I haven’t been able to connect with everyone online as much as I usually do, so I just wanted to give you all a few general updates and also tell you about a new challenge I want to have to take on!

Going Public
First, I don’t know if it’s been noticeable or not, but I feel like my writing has changed slightly since going public. What is it about being a writer that makes you want to hide your words from people you know in real life!? I think about a lot of the things I write before writing them now, knowing that everyone in my life is potentially reading. (It’s not you guys – it’s me!) Anyway, if you’ve noticed a change in my writing style at all, please let me know. And if this is all in my head, you can also tell me I’m crazy…

Now, a few of you have been asking how my fundraising is going and, as you can see in the status bar beside this post, it’s been amazing! I look at that number everyday and can’t believe I’m lucky enough to have so many people believe in me. I still have a long way to go, but your constant tweets, messages, emails, phone calls and texts are what keep me motivated on days when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I like to think that I’ll be dreaming up big ways to thank you for your continued support, when I’m at the Bold Academy!

Oh, that reminds me. Do you remember when I was nominated for the West Coast Social Media Award’s Best Personal Blog? And when I thought I was losing and almost gave up? Well, it turns out that all of your votes landed me a spot in the Finalists! The decision is now in the hands of the judges and I wouldn’t even be up for consideration if you weren’t for all of your votes and online shares. Can I thank you again for being such a great support team? Ok, thank you!

My First No Spend Challenge
Yes, you read that right. I’m about to start my first ever no spend challenge. If you haven’t heard of them before, no spend challenges are to personal finance bloggers what cleanses are to junk food junkies. It doesn’t mean you can’t buy anything but you are restricted to necessities. Rent, bills, groceries and gas are ok. Books, clothes and take-out are not.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know challenges like this don’t usually work for me. I don’t mind putting a limit on my entertainment budget but telling myself I can’t spend any money somehow makes me blow any normal budget through the roof. So, naturally I’m a little nervous.

But I’m more nervous about the possibility of missing out on some of my regular pay, which is what has prompted this challenge. Due to new changes at work, there’s a chance I’ll lose some pay in the coming months. It would just be temporary, not permanent, but I need to save every penny I can… just in case! And if I don’t end up losing any pay, my Emergency Fund will get beefed up a bit! No harm there. (And holy crow, am I happy my credit card is paid off right now!)

Before deciding to do this, I made a few plans for this weekend that I’m not willing to break. But then it’s game on! Starting this Sunday, you can expect to see Weekly Spending Reports up again, which always help keep me on track (mostly because I have to stay accountable to all of you!).

And… I think that’s it! Now it’s your turn. 

Tell me something good that happened to you recently.

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