Fresh Start: 12 Days of New Beginnings [Day 9: Money & Finance]

Fresh Start: 12 Days of New Beginnings [Day 9: Money & Finance]

I’m making 12 fresh starts in 12 life areas over 12 days.

I don’t expect to succeed at everything, but I want to give a bunch of things a try. Join me!

Day 1: Personal Development

My Day 1 Fresh Start was to raise my weights in Body Pump class for biceps and shoulders.


✔ Have stuck with the higher weights. Each class it gets easier.

Day 2: Health & Fitness

My Day 2 Fresh Start was to give up Smith’s Cheese & Onion Chips – at least for September.


✔ Eight days chip-sober and feeling ridiculously proud of myself. However, my friends’ heads are starting to look decidedly chip-like. And not in a good way.

Day 3: Career & Business

My Day 3 Fresh Start was to refresh my website’s home page.


✔ Trying out a new home page. (Feedback very welcome – please leave a comment!)

Day 4: Fun & Recreation

My Day 4 Fresh Start was to listen to more fun music, not only podcasts and audiobooks.


✔ Going to make every Friday an all-music/no-work iPod day. 🙂

Day 5: Technology & Social Media

My Day 5 Fresh Start was to promote my new Facebook Professional Service Page.


✔ Have been building up content and promoting the Page this week. (Please join if you like this stuff!)

Day 6: Home

My Day 6 Fresh Start was to remove one of two printers from my home office.


✔ Feels great to have that decision made and my home office cleared.

Day 7: Personal Presentation

My Day 7 Fresh Start was to focus on my posture – holding shoulders back, core muscles in, and chin up.


✔ Been more consistent since wearing an irritating ring – every time I adjust the ring, I’m reminded to straighten my posture.

Day 8: Happiness

My Day 8 Fresh Start was to give up watching movies that are ‘poignant’, ‘tragic’ or ‘heart-wrenching’.


Nothing to report – haven’t had a movie night yet.

Day 9: Money & Finance

Today my fresh start is from category 1 (see below): To do something new.

I’m going to claim for gym membership from my health fund. (This is a great idea – they reward preventative behaviors!)

I’ve already investigated what I have to do, and have put a note on my doctor’s contact file to get the necessary paperwork when I next have an appointment.

Tomorrow I make my tenth fresh start – in the Relationships life area. See you then!

What About You?

Think of your own Money & Finance goals and plans.

if you want some inspiration, you might find some here:

In what area could you:

  • Start something new or try something you haven’t done, read, or experienced before
  • Give up something – maybe a habit that undermines you or an obligation that weighs you down
  • Do more of something – be specific about ‘more’, but don’t be overly-ambitious
  • Do less of something – be specific about ‘less’, but don’t be overly-ambitious

I hope you’ll choose something and join me!

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4 thoughts on “Fresh Start: 12 Days of New Beginnings [Day 9: Money & Finance]

  1. Tricia in England says:

    This one was tricky for me as all my money is tied up (and then some).
    And I am experiencing peer pressure to buy lottery tickets occasionally, even though I fundamentally disagree because it is gambling – I feel such a fool when I don’t win and always chastise myself badly.

    So… I have decided I will buy one lottery ticket each time I sell something on ebay – which is very rarely. That way it won’t be coming out of regular money- and it might encourage me to trade more on ebay…

  2. Layla says:

    Great ideas & a great site!!

    I’ve only just come across all this, so I think I’ll have to think about this all a bit!
    Have intuitively been making some changes in Spetember too! eg tried going gluten-free & milk-free again, to see if it would improve my overall wellbeing & health (partly it did, & partly it didn’t! :))

    Have made a new weekly list last week, & hopefully will keep on getting more organized & productive! 🙂

  3. Barbara in GA says:

    Good morning! This one is easy: less impulsive spending! I nickel and dime myself out of a fair bit of money every month.

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